ADHD, or Attention Deficit Disorder, affects an average of 4.1 percent of adults in the United States today. Although it can be fairly simple to detect ADHD in children, it can be much more difficult to detect it in adults due to more subtle yet complex symptoms. Although there are associated with ADHD in adults, the most common are delays in organizational abilities, traffic accidents due to reckless driving, issues in romantic relationships due to poor listening and communication skills, a general lack of focus and attention, severe restlessness, procrastination, no sense of time (constantly late to appointments, events, etc. angry and sudden outbursts, and an inability to prioritize tasks. Of course, all of these symptoms can stem from a variety of life circumstances, and if you or a loved one is experiencing any of these, it is important to consider a series of root issues and not immediately assume it’s ADHD. We recommend speaking with a doctor to receive a proper diagnosis and take further action from there.
Treatment for ADHD often involves a combination of medications and psychotherapy. Adderall, Ritalin, and Dexedrine are considered the first line of pharmacotherapy for ADHD and ADD, with Adderall being the most commonly prescribed. However, these prescription amphetamines can be addictive and research shows that medication alone is not able to address ADHD effectively.
If you do find out that you or a loved one is living with adult ADHD, there are various options to help with the recovery and coping process. It’s important that you seek professional assistance when handling this issue since untreated ADHD can lead to much more severe problems, such as depression, bipolar disorder, bad eating habits, anxiety disorders, and destructive lifestyle choices. Before the situation digresses, consider either attending or accompanying a loved one to an adult ADHD support group.
If you’re in need, here are three ADHD support groups in the Orlando, Florida area you should consider checking out:
Mastering Adult ADHD
This group, run by Nicole Denise Palow (Counselor, MS, LMHC), is for diagnosed adults looking for a chance to learn about living with ADHD and the various ways that it can affect your daily life. This education and support-oriented group focuses on empowering its participants with up-to-date research and news that can help impact their lives. This workshop is much more than a traditional support group, however—it specifically focuses on how you can optimize your brain functionalities, identify your greatest strengths, discover what your brain is truly capable of processing, and create strategies that specifically help you accomplish a more well-rounded life.
You can connect with the group leader, Nicole, here, or call (321) 234-6928.
Total Life Counseling Center
The Total Life Counseling Center in Orlando, Florida helps those suffering from ADHD and / or Asperger’s Syndrome. Lead by various local professionals, this support group focuses on improving and building leadership skills, social skills, listening and focusing skills, character building, communication abilities, anger management, provocation responses, and decision-making skills.
This group takes place every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 6 pm to 7 pm at 1507 S Hiawassee Road Suite 101 Orlando, Florida 32835. For more information, call Mr. Jim West at (407) 494-2520.
The Mindfulness Group is run by Vania M Macrohon (Counselor, MS, LMHC) and specifically focuses on helping those with ADHD, anxiety, and/or depression. Vania helps her group members gain an increased awareness and appreciation of living in the present moment. This helps its members to be more engaged in their lives and relationships while minimizing the regular negative systems that they’re accustomed to. These sessions take place at 10631 N Kendall Drive Suite 1201 in Miami, Florida 33176. Call (786) 422-9337 for more details.
There are support groups across the United States that specialize in various aspects of adult ADHD, but most work to teach their group participants how to deal with life’s complex circumstances and navigate situations in a healthier way. For example, these groups teach participants how to ask for help from family and friends when they feel overwhelmed instead of channeling it in other ways. They also focus on helping them create a daily routine that allows them to focus on thing at a time, and how to break down tasks so that they’re more approachable and easy to succeed at. ADHD support groups also teach participants how to spot their own “red flags” and actions that could possibly lead to negative consequences, and how to turn to their support group for assistance. They also train them how to explain their disorder to an employer or co-worker so that they can provide accommodations.
Regardless of your reasoning, we highly recommend considering one of the above options (or a more local one) for you or a loved one suffering from adult ADHD.