The goal of psychoeducation is to help you understand and handle your condition. In other words, you become the expert in ADHD so that you can make the best decisions about your treatment. Psychoeducation is carried out by a therapist in a group setting every week for a month or more. The therapist teaches you and your relatives about the illness and provides behavioural strategies for managing ADHD. The idea behind psychoeducation is that treatment for ADHD should start with education about what ADHD is and what it isn’t.
Coaching can help anyone who is living with ADHD, but it may be most beneficial for more mature or motivated people. A professional ADHD coach can help with developing skills and strategies to manage daily tasks. Coaching provides structure, support, and accountability and empowers people to provide these things for themselves and be their own advocates.
You may want to see an ADHD coach to help you:
- Get more organised
- Complete homework or work assignments and other tasks
- Improve social skills
- Improve undesirable behaviours
- Develop coping strategies
These coaches can also give tips to caregivers to help them support their loved ones as they manage their ADHD and work to achieve their goals. Coaching is most effective for those who are ready to get help with the following:
- Recognising the obstacles and challenges caused by ADHD
- Making a plan to improve undesirable behaviours
- Developing a strategy for carrying out this plan