When you first get diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, it can be a relief. You finally have an explanation for the way you are, and you feel as though, from this point on, things will be better.
Often, however, that feeling is soon replaced with overwhelm and confusion.
Where do you begin to look for treatment, for solutions?
A good place to begin is with the person who diagnosed you. Ask for their opinion and find out what your options are.
Medication can be a good solution for some people, and not so good for others. Some people have an objection to using medications for ADHD, and some just don’t like the side effects.
Choosing to use or not use medication is a personal decision that should be given a lot of thought and time. Sometimes one medication is awful, or ineffective, and yet another might do just what you need. It takes time to find not only the right one, but the right dosage, too.
You should also begin to educate yourself about ADHD. The more you know, the more control you have over your life.
There are a lot of good places to look, including this blog.
Also check out my blog roll; there are a lot of great resources listed there.
ADDitude magazine is also a great resource. They have a information packed website with lots of blogs and articles, as well as a print magazine.
Check out bookstores and the library too. A lot of good books are out there waiting to educate and inform you.
As a caution: there are also a lot of books, websites, and opinions out there that throw a negative light on ADHD. There are some who claim to be able to “cure” it, and others who claim it doesn’t exist. Be careful with what you choose to read, and listen to your instincts. If it feels wrong, then it is for you. Discard it.
Finally, talk to others about ADHD. A good place to begin is ADD Forums. They have a very active site with lots of participants who just generally want to help.
And don’t feel overwhelmed. Sure, it’s a big thing, but totally manageable.