Dealing With a Loved One Diagnosed with ADHD
We are continuing our series of articles discussing how to cope when a loved one has been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). First, it is important to confirm the diagnosis through a psychological evaluation and/or ADHD evaluation. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, encouraging your loved one to proceed with ADHD treatment will help them learn ways to manage their symptoms, modify their behaviors and identify healthy ways to cope.
But what about you? Dealing with a loved one with ADHD can be challenging so it is important to take care of yourself as well. Our previous article discussed the importance of understanding the diagnosis and practicing self-care. Today, we will look at two more ways to help you deal with a loved one’s ADHD diagnosis.
Set a Routine
Structure is especially important when you have a family member who has been diagnosed with ADHD. If they are getting ADHD treatment, their therapist is likely recommending they work on setting a routine. Simplifying schedules and establishing set times that are predictable for activities such as meals, waking up for work and/or school, leisure activities, screen time, etc. can help individuals with ADHD function better, which in turn, benefits everyone in the household.
Many individuals diagnosed with ADHD struggle with being organized. Clutter throughout the home and/or work space often complicates their symptoms. Part of their ADHD treatment plan may be to work on minimizing clutter. Doing what you can to contribute to a non-cluttered household will help reduce stress and anxiety for everyone.
Our next article will cover more ways to help you cope with a loved one’s ADHD.
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