The main purpose of this platform is to let people know they're not alone. Whether you want to YAC AT US about it or use solutions and resources from here or other platforms we support you 100%. We do want to get you started though and share some of the tools we use as well as other resources available.
When it comes to Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), much like other mental disorders, everyone experiences a broad range of symptoms and severity which means everyone will need a different combination of methods and strategies to help live their best life. Chances are if you've been diagnosed with ADHD, you've been prescribed or asked about the use of prescription medication to help ease symptoms. These usually come in the form of stimulants, but in some cases could be an anti-stimulant. The great thing about these medications is they're generally fast-acting and you'll begin to notice improvements almost immediately if it's the right fit. Sometimes a medication won't be the right fit - remember what we said about everyone being different - we know how rough it is, but if finding the right medication for you is a priority don't be afraid to keep trying new things and consulting with your doctor when doing so. Stay determined, you got this!!!
It can be really beneficial to share your symptoms and feelings with those around you who love and support you. Depending on which symptoms you experience, they could start to interrupt your daily life which means they may pop up at work, school, play-dates, around the house ... Anywhere you breathe basically. So if you can share how ADHD makes you feel, the people around you may be able to understand better and therefore support you correctly! Don't be afraid to ask for what you want, it's the only way people will know.
Find out what works for YOU! There are tips upon tips and strategies upon strategies all over many corners of the internet, but the bottom line is it needs to be something that works for you. Day in, and day out. So again, don't be afraid to experiment! Maybe you try having a planner, or journal for a month. Maybe you commit to setting alarms more to help you keep track of time. Test the waters and stay determined, but don't try to force yourself into something that clearly isn't your style (you know this the best!!). Don't worry if one method or strategy doesn't work for you as it works for some other individuals, maybe you'll find one that other people will find value in too! With ADHD, there can be many thoughts, ideas, and feelings going on in your brain at once try easing this with a space you write these things down on or draw them or type them to help your mind feel more relaxed!
If you are a parent or support system for someone with ADHD, do your best to learn about the disorder itself to better understand the challenges and possible causes. This can help you be a mental health and illness ally! What can also help is listening to how ADHD affects the person in your life, what can be triggering to them, how they cope, or how they feel best supported. Do your best to really listen and understand, take notes if you have to!
Never be afraid to reach out to us using our YAC AT US platform, we're always here to lend an ear and work together to find resources that best suit you!
We've read through a few articles we think are helpful in finding ways to cope with Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD):
- 5 Tips To Dealing With Adult ADHD
- Parenting Tips For ADHD
- A Parents Guide To ADHD
- Tips For Managing Adult ADHD
- ADHD Coping Strategies From People Living With It
- 12 Best Tips For Coping With ADHD
- Managing ADHD In Children
- Coping With ADHD In Real Life
- 21 Tips For Caring For A Child With ADHD
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Your Local Crisis Line Crisis lines aren’t only for people in crisis. You can call for information on local services or if you just need someone to talk to. If you are in distress, call 310-6789 (do not add 604, 778 or 250 before the number) 24 hours a day to connect to a BC crisis line, without a wait or busy signal. The crisis lines linked in through 310-6789 have received advanced training in mental health issues and services by members of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information.
HealthLink BC Call 811 or visit www.healthlinkbc.ca to access free, non-emergency health information for anyone in your family, including mental health information. Through 811, you can also speak to a registered nurse about symptoms you’re worried about or a pharmacist about medication questions.
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2. Parenting Tips for ADHD: Do’s and Don’ts. (2020). Healthline. Retrieved 11 February 2020, from https://www.healthline.com/health/adhd/parenting-tips#what-not-to-do
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