Support for ADHD
13 Mar 2023
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental condition that typically affects attention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. More than 5% of the population has ADHD but everyone has different traits and strengths associated with ADHD. It’s important to remember that ADHD doesn’t need to be ‘cured’ as it is just a difference in how the brain works. Some people with ADHD do choose to go on 📄medication to help manage their symptoms, but there are also many other types of support available. The type of support someone will seek depends on their individual needs.
An ADHD coach can help people recognise how ADHD impacts their life. They’ll help with discovering strengths and building on them through goal setting and action planning. They might also help someone implement strategies to overcome any struggles they experience due to ADHD.
ADHD coaching is different from therapy in that the coaching is more outcome orientated. The focus of the coaching is to help clients achieve their goals through developing strategies vs therapy which the primary goal is healing. People can find healing through ADHD coaching, but the emphasis of coaching is action-orientated outcomes. Have a look at how our coaching can help someone with ADHD.
This aims to teach the person with ADHD, or those close to them, more about ADHD. It helps people understand ADHD better and where certain behaviours or traits come from.
Therapy can come in the form of talking therapy or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Many people with ADHD find therapy useful as a way to develop better-coping skills around negative self-talk, rebuild self-esteem and process any trauma relating to living with ADHD. It also helps to reduce self-critical thoughts and feelings of anxiety that people with ADHD often experience.
👉🏽 Workplace or classroom accommodations
If someone is happy to disclose their ADHD to their employer, they might be offered accommodations. This can depend on the type of support needed, but it might involve more flexible working or changing the environment to reduce distractions. People with ADHD may also fall under the Equality Act (2010) if it significantly impacts them. This means they would be entitled to additional support from their employer.
At university, students with ADHD are often provided with additional support. This support can differ depending on the university so it is best to discuss it with the individual university.
👉🏽 Financial support
Students with ADHD at university may also be able to access the Disabled Student’s Allowance. Student Finance England might ask them to do a needs assessment so they can determine what support they require. The allowance can be used to access this support.
👉🏽 Support groups
There are lots of support groups and online forums to talk to people with similar experiences. Sometimes just reading other people's experiences is beneficial, you don't have to post yourself.