Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mental neurodevelopmental disorder that fifteen million people in the United States currently face. The disorder impacts an individual’s ability to concentrate, pay attention, or control their behavior. ADHD may also cause excessive activity and a compulsion to fidget or constantly move, affecting an individual’s education or occupations.
ADHD is most usually diagnosed in children; while most children have inattention, impulsivity and unfocused motor activity, these symptoms will be more severe, frequent, and interfere with their social or academic functionality. Fortunately, ADHD is not a rare disorder, especially among youth, and there are many types of support groups to help families adapt.
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
CHADD is an American nonprofit offering education, advocacy and support for children, adults, and families with ADHD. While CHADD offers resources and materials about ADHD research on advancements in medications and treatments to the public, it also features memberships, which can create a community for families facing ADHD, gain deeper knowledge from professionals, receive subscriptions to CHADD publications, and receive discounts to CHADD training or events.
Ellen Kingsley, an award-winning journalist that conveys empathy and inspires through credible information, founded ADDitude, a magazine that provides clear, accurate, and family-friendly information and advice from practitioners and professionals in mental health and learning disabilities. With a focus in raising awareness in proper handling and education for individuals with ADHD, ADDitude also hosts an online community that families can join to discuss mutual problems and advice.
By raising awareness about ADHD, ADHDAware hopes to empower individuals with ADHD and changing the social stigma about this serious disorder. By creating a community and boosting self esteem, ADHDAware helps individuals with ADHD achieve success through their own means.
In providing accurate and recent information about learning disabilities like ADHD, LD Online is a site that features helpful articles, extremely active forums, expert columns, resource guides, first-hand experience essays, and referral directories of professionals, schools, and products that may suit individuals with ADHD.
Totally ADD is specially targeted towards adults with ADHD and those affected by it, such as family, employers, and health professionals. Liberating individuals from the stigma, fear or shame of having ADHD, Totally ADD encourages education, humor, and social interaction to support individuals with ADHD.
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