How You Can Stay on Track
As an adult living with ADHD, you are your own best advocate. As an adult, you are responsible for making sure you are getting the help you need; however, there are services and professionals who can help you if you seek them out.
Schedule appointments with your team. Check in with them as frequently as you need. They can help you with the following things:
- Tracking your progress
- Updating your ADHD management plan, if necessary
- Answering questions about your ADHD
- Providing information on additional ADHD resources and support organisations that may help
- Evaluating your need for continued treatment
Before you go to your appointments, follow these tips on how to prepare so you can accurately convey what you are experiencing:
- Take Questions for your Health Care professional with you. These questions will help him or her evaluate your symptoms, perform an assessment, and determine a plan
- Write down any medications you are currently taking. Bring them with you if you can
- Write down examples of how your ADHD symptoms affect you at home, at work, or in social settings. If you are comfortable doing so, ask people closest to you—your significant other, family members, or friends—about the symptoms they may see in you. You may also want to gather school reports from your time in school or any job performance reviews you may have
- Take someone with you. Your significant other or a friend may hear or remember something you do not. He or she may also think to ask a question that might not have occurred to you.
You may also find it helpful to join a support group. Your specialist consultant, local ADHD clinic or GP surgery may already know of groups in your area that they can recommend.
Explaining ADHD to Others
As someone living with ADHD, you may have to explain some of your behaviours to close family and friends. Whether you decide to tell someone about your personal condition is your choice, but keep the following points in mind:
- For humans to build close relationships, it is important to be open and share. However, you also need to be able to trust someone. If you decide to share your struggles with ADHD, make sure you feel comfortable and are not being judged. However, it is important that he or she knows you do not feel ADHD is an excuse for your behaviours and that you are taking responsibility for your actions and making an effort to manage the condition.
- When you tell people about your ADHD, be prepared to answer questions and respond to any common misconceptions. Be sure to speak from experience or suggest articles, websites, or books that have been helpful to you. Sharing this information may also be useful for those who have outdated views about ADHD.
- If you are in university and your lecturers know about your ADHD, you can talk with them about how it affects your schoolwork and your behaviour in lectures or sessions. Often, they are happy to help. If you need additional support, talk with your academic advisor.