If your doctor has diagnosed you with ADHD, try to not let it define you or make you feel bad. There are millions of people living with ADHD. Your physician will work with you to put together an ADHD management plan, which may include one or
more of the following:
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
• Medication • Coaching
• Educational Programs • Support Groups
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can give you a better understanding of ADHD and how it affects your life. It can help you figure out which behaviors and areas of your life you want to change or manage differently, and how you can make these changes happen.
Several medications have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat ADHD. These include central nervous system stimulants like amphetamines or methylphenidate products, or nonstimulants like guanfacine or atomoxetine.
Medication may not be right for everyone. Talk with your doctor to determine if medication is appropriate to help manage your ADHD symptoms. Your doctor can work with you to find out which ADHD medication works best for you.
It may take time to find the right medication and the right dose.
As with all medications, ADHD medications must be used properly, as directed by your healthcare professional.
If you’re an adult student, reach out to academic advisors and instructors who can assist with the challenges that adult students with ADHD may face in an educational setting. They may help with strategies for note-taking, test taking, and completing coursework and other projects on time. Advisors and instructors can also provide status reports.
Spending time with others with ADHD may be both comforting and informing. There are ADHD support groups around the country.
And receive information about treatment types and additional resources.
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