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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 BEHAVIOR THERAPY

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.

WAYS CBT CAN HELP:
  • Provide strategies to help you complete tasks
  • Improve organization and productivity

MEDICATION

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.

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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.

WAYS MEDICATION CAN HELP:
  • Although medication is not a cure, it is thought to help the areas of the brain that control attention and behavior. However, the exact way these medications work is not known

During follow-up visits, the healthcare professional may check:
  • If the medication is still effective
  • If the dose is right for you
  • If you are experiencing any side effects
  • If the medication is still needed
  • Weight, blood pressure, pulse, and other health measures

ADHD COACHING

ADHD coaching is a practical intervention that can be used along with other treatment options like medication and other therapies. The focus of coaching is on the specific challenges many adults with ADHD face, including planning, time management, goal setting, organization and problem solving.

WAYS COACHING CAN HELP:
  • Recognize the obstacles and challenges caused by ADHD
  • Make a plan to improve undesirable behaviors
  • Develop a strategy for carrying out that plan

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

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.

Academic advisors and instructors can offer tips on:
  • Time management
  • How to limit distractions
  • How to break assignments down into smaller, more manageable tasks

SUPPORT GROUPS

Spending time with others with ADHD may be both comforting and informing. There are ADHD support groups around the country.

WAYS SUPPORT GROUPS CAN HELP:
  • Giving you a place to go to talk about your ADHD
  • A sense of belonging – by being with others who may share your struggles
  • Gain insight, strategies and coping tools

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