Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects children, young adults, and adults. There are over 10 million adults and around 6 million school age children living with ADHD in the U.S. Symptoms are not always easy to recognize and treatment is different for everyone. It can be difficult to handle symptoms alone or parent a child with ADHD, but there are resources to help you. This article will highlight resources and benefits to help with ADHD and other mental health conditions.
The National Resource Center on ADHD (NRC) provides science-based information on ADHD. The NRC serves as a National Public Health Practice and Resource Center for information, education and consultation about diagnosis, treatment, and health and well-being for children with ADHD and their families. NRC has resources for adults, parents and caregivers, and educators. Let’s look at the resources they offer.
Dealing with ADHD looks different as you get older. Focusing on work, growing in your relationships, and keeping your home clean can all be affected by ADHD. NRC hosts regular webinars on topics like technology and apps to manage your ADHD life, managing hormones as a woman with ADHD, and balancing healthy relationships. NRC also offers online courses in independence and managing adult responsibilities with ADHD like college, paying bills, and making financial goals. Finally, NRC has information on protections and workplace accommodations you may be eligible to receive. The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 can apply to you and your ADHD diagnosis if you meet certain criteria. Learn more on the workplace issues page.
It can be a challenge to know when to get your child tested for ADHD, help manage their symptoms, and advocate for them. NRC has advice to help make your lives easier and how to help at different stages from pre-k to college. If you are just learning about ADHD, check out the ADHD Toolkit for what you need to know.
Teachers can make a difference with helping a child with ADHD. Understanding techniques to teach and keep ADHD students engaged can help children succeed and make learning fun. NRC offers training and tips to help teachers understand ADHD students and how to successfully teach them. NRC also offers details on classroom accommodations and programs available to eligible students.
Want to learn more about ADHD and other mental health conditions? Check out MentalHealth.gov, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, for information on mental health, common mental health disorders, symptoms, and treatments. The site has resources to find help, navigate insurance and medical services, and local groups and organizations to join.