Finding out that your child has Attention Deficit Disorder is not easy for you or your child. Dealing with it isn’t easy either. The frustration that you feel when dealing with family members, teachers, care givers, doctors and yes even your child can be overwhelming. The success of your child and how well they deal with ADD will depend greatly on you and how well you handle it. The good news is that you don’t have to go at it alone. There are support groups you can join.
I am going to go over a couple of the different support groups that are out there on a national level and on the internet. For some parents being able to chat online is enough, just knowing that they aren’t alone and being able to read other people’s stories will help. That is part of the reason that I write these articles. I want you to know that you aren’t alone, I want you to know that there is another parent out there that is going through or has gone through what you are and see how I handled it. Not that my way is the best way all the time, but it is what has worked for our family. It’s important when you feel stuck, frustrated and overwhelmed that you know there are options… there are ways out.
Here is a list of a few online ADHD support groups that you can join via email.
Mailing list that addresses Attention Deficit or Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder in children, teens and adults, along with other Disorders (OCD, ODD, CAPD, Downs). This groups’ philosophy is that through sharing of experiences parents can learn from each other to help their children to become productive adults.
To Join: Send a blank email to ADD-ADHD-Parentsfirstname.lastname@example.org or join online.
Listowner: Cindy Shook
This group is for Parents who want to talk about their child’s ADHD problems.
To Join: Send a blank email to ADHD_Childrenemail@example.com or join online.
Children with ADHD
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder in children is frustrating and exhausting to the child and the family. Schools find these kids generally a burden, and often lack the understanding, skills and training to effectively deal with and help kids with ADHD succeed.
To Join: Send a blank email to Children-with-ADHDfirstname.lastname@example.org or join online.
ADHD Parents Support Group
A large parent support group for parents whose children who have ADHD. Open forum.
To Join: Send a blank email to email@example.com or join online.
You also have the option of finding a local support group to join. Talk with your doctor or your child’s psychologists to see what groups are available and which one they recommend. If you can’t find one that you like or that you are comfortable with there is nothing stopping you from starting your own group. Post a flyer in your doctor’s office, ask them to offer the flyer to other parents of children with ADD and make sure you include a date, time and place for the meeting. You might be surprised at the turn out you get.