Children and adults with ADHD may deal with impulse control, hyperactivity, and issues paying attention for extended periods of time. Left untreated, it can disrupt one’s ability to process, understand, and learn information.
Numerous resources and treatments — such as medication and behavioral therapy — can help those with ADHD live fulfilling and productive lives. There are also a number of organizations, resources, and educational tools — like the ones below — that can help those with ADHD and their friends and family.
Nonprofit organizations can be a helpful resource, offering useful information about ADHD, as well as information for friends and family members.
Below are organizations that provide resources for children and adults living with ADHD. Nonprofit organizations located in Canada and the United Kingdom are also included.
- CHADD: The National Resource on ADHD
- Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
- Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada (CADDAC)
- ADHD Foundation: Mental Health, Education, and Training Services
- The American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD)
- ADHD World Federation: From Child to Adult Disorder
- Child Mind Institute
Online resources provide information about the signs and symptoms of ADHD, as well as current research studies that discuss new ways to manage and treat the disorder.
Resource guides can be especially helpful for parents. These tools describe how ADHD can affect a child’s ability to learn in the classroom and equip parents with knowledge to better support their children at home and school.
- ADHD Institute
- LD OnLine: The Educators’ Guide to Learning Disabilities and ADHD
- ADDitude: Inside the ADHD mind
- ImpactADHD.com: Helping Parents Help Kids
- ADHD Childhood
- Center for Parent Information & Resources
Advocacy groups can help people with ADHD, as well as their loved ones, feel empowered. The organizations listed below highlight various ways to get involved in community outreach (both in the United States and abroad) and advocacy projects.
Support groups provide a safe space for parents of children with ADHD and adults with ADHD to connect with others who understand what they’re going through. Support groups can also be therapeutic for loved ones.
Online forums allow individuals to virtually connect with group members and offer convenient access to a supportive community at any time.
- Facebook: Moms with ADD/ADHD Children
- Facebook: Support for Parents of Children with ADD/ADHD
- Facebook: ADHD Adult Support Group
- ADDA: Support Groups for Adults
Reading books as a way to learn more about ADHD can be a form of therapy, known as bibliotherapy. Books teaching specific tools that help children and adults manage their ADHD can be especially informative.
Check out some great ones below:
- Taking Charge of ADHD
- More Attention, Less Deficit: Success Strategies for Adults with ADHD
- The ADHD Workbook for Kids: Helping Children Gain Self-Confidence, Social Skills, and Self-Control
- Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary Executive Skills Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Full Potential
- Your Life Can Be Better, Using Strategies for Adult ADD/ADHD
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Juli Fraga is a licensed psychologist based in San Francisco, California. She graduated with a PsyD from University of Northern Colorado and attended a postdoctoral fellowship at UC Berkeley. Passionate about women’s health, she approaches all her sessions with warmth, honesty, and compassion. See what she’s up to on Twitter.