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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (cont.)

ADHD Support Groups and Counseling

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), whether it affects an adult or a child, brings many challenges. People with ADHD can learn, achieve, succeed, and create a happy life for themselves with effort. But making changes is not always easy. Sometimes it helps to have someone to talk to.

This is the purpose of support groups. Support groups consist of people in the same situation. They come together to help each other and to help themselves. Support groups provide reassurance, motivation, and inspiration. They help individuals see that their situation is not unique and not hopeless, and that gives them power. They also provide practical tips on coping with ADHD and navigating the medical, educational, and social systems that people will rely on for help for themselves or their child. Being in an ADHD support group is strongly recommended by most mental-health professionals.

Support groups meet in person, on the telephone, or on the Internet. To find a support group that works for you, contact the following organizations. You can also ask a health-care professional, behavioral therapist, education specialist, or look on the Internet.

For More Information on ADHD

Attention Deficit Disorder Association
PO Box 7557
Wilmington DE 19803
800-939-1019
http://www.add.org

Children and Adults With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
8181 Professional Place, Suite 150
Landover, MD 20785
800-233-4050
http://www.chadd.org

Learning Disabilities Association of America
4156 Library Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15234-1349
412-341-1515
http://www.ldanatl.org

National Center for Learning Disabilities
381 Park Avenue South, Suite 1401
New York, NY 10016
888-575-7373
http://www.ncld.org

National Dissemination Center for Children With Disabilities (NICHCY)
PO Box 1492
Washington, DC 20013
800-695-0285
http://www.nichcy.org

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
6001 Executive Boulevard
Bethesda, MD 20892-9663
866-615-6464

Previous contributing authors and editors:

Author: Susan Louisa Montauk, MD, Medical Director, Affinity Center; Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Coauthor(s): Douglas W Pentz, MA, PhD, Cofounder and Clinical Director, The Affinity Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Editors: Ronald C Albucher, MD, Assistant Chief, Psychiatry Service, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System; Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Alan D Schmetzer, MD, Professor and Assistant Chair for Education, Department of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine.

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ADHD Practice Guideline for the Diagnosis, Evaluation and Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Childhood and Adolescence. Subcommittee of the American Academy of Pediatrics: Steering Committee on Quality Improvement and Management. Pediatrics 128 (2011): 1007.

Biederman, J., et al. "Do Stimulants Protect Against Psychiatric Disorders in Youth With ADHD? A 10-Year Follow-up Study." Pediatrics 124.1 July 2009: 71-78.

Brown, Ronald T., et al. "Treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Overview of the Evidence." Pediatrics 115.6 June 2005: 749-757.

Brulotte, J., et al. "Complementary, Holistic, and Integrative Medicine: Fish Oils and Neurodevelopmental Disorders." Pediatric Review 30.4 Apr. 2009: e29-e33.

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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/2/2014

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