This collection is part of the series: Find Treatment and Support. You may want to start there.
ADHD Support Groups
Join an ADHD support group if you can. Realizing that you’re not alone and that others are facing common challenges is a tremendous step towards building knowledge and coping skills. Change may come slowly, but sharing the journey with others who have been through the ropes can help lift your burden and point the way towards new options.
Many groups also have a list of providers that have been recommended by members over the years. Those attending meetings may share the names of providers they are currently working with. If you cannot find a group nearby, try an on-line forum or Blog. See the bottom of the page for a few of these.
Ned Hallowell M.D. offers these tips for being a welcome member of a group in ADDitude Magazine’s article, “Your ADD Life.” (Link works)
- “Save chatter for the right time. Some ADHD support groups schedule casual social periods along with group sharing, while others provide opportunities to mingle only before and after the official meeting.
- Balance personal disclosures. Observe one or two meetings before jumping in. Sharing too much may make other members uncomfortable – sharing too little can make you seem standoffish.
- Be supportive. Aim for a three-to-one ratio – three responses to others’ comments for every personal comment you make.”
Find a local Support Group
A search at Google
Try Support, your city, and ADHD (Because groups are often held in nearby suburbs, you might try your whole state instead of a specific city to find nearby groups, for example: your state, adhd & support (maybe include parent or adult)
Try Meetup – Find or start a Meetup group near you
ADDMeetup.com “Find Attention Deficit Disorder Groups Near You. Meet other local people dealing with ADD and ADHD. Gather to share your experiences, progress, and thoughts with one another.” Search by country then city. They have groups all over the world. 223 ADD meetup groups worldwide. Thanks to ADHD coach Pete Quily.
ADD Care Meetup Group Meet other local Parents and Caregivers of children with ADD/ADHD. Offer support and share advice with others.
Find Nationwide support groups
Attention Deficit Disorder Association-Southern Region– Texas and neighboring areas – Find their many groups and access knowledgeable volunteers.
Washington State ADHD Support groups 1 group for Adults still meets in Olympia, 4 Parent groups affiliated with CHADD in Bellevue, Kirkland, Renton, University Place and Silverdale.
Canadian Support groups – Thanks to Pete Quily
International Support groups – Thanks to Pete Quily
Start your own ADHD Support Group
Can’t find an ADHD support group in your area? – Follow these basic steps to “Start your own support group for ADD adults and/or parents of ADHD children.” – by Michael Sandler – Link works
Meetup – Find or Start a Meetup group near you – Explore the many tips they offer for facilitators.
ADDA Virtual Peer Support – Would you like to meet with other adults with ADHD without leaving the comfort and privacy of your home? ADDA members* have the opportunity to connect with peers for support in a safe non-judgmental environment 2 evenings a week. 90-minute phone calls every Tuesday and Thursday at 9 pm Eastern time. 5 pm Pacific. (*Membership in ADDA is $50, $20 for students.)
Reach Further – A truly affordable ADHD coaching group offered by Jennie Friedman. Facebook community for accountability, online meetings and shadow coaching available a few times a week. Try the first month for FREE. Just $29 a month thereafter!
ADHD Coaching Corner – An informal women’s support group led by Elizabeth Lewis with coach Jennie Freidman checking in on Wednesdays. Meet Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Shadow coaching Saturday mornings. Currently just $15 a month, but that’s bound to go up.
On-line support groups
If there’s no group meeting nearby, try an on-line forum or Blog. Here are a few possibilities:
ADD Forums – Very active and long lasting forum – Wide variety of specific online message boards just for: men with ADD/ADHD; women with ADD/ADHD; teens with ADD/ADHD; parenting issues; non-ADD spouses, partners, and significant others; careers and job impact; relationships and social issues. Additional message boards for those with co-existing conditions such as ADD/ADHD and: substance abuse, bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorders, or autism spectrum disorders.
Facebook has a number of sites dedicated to ADHD. Try a search to find the best ones for you. For a woman’s group, I like:
Some of these groups are open, but many support groups are closed to members only. No one but you will see posts from those sites on their personal Facebook page.
For women’s group, I like
For both men and women, you can share your dirty laundry without judgment on
- Life Skills for Squirrels: Your Adult ADHD Support Group
- Adult ADHD/ADD Support Group… By Reach2Change
- Cool Cats with ADHD
- ADHD A place to share
- ADHD Welcome Home!
For a more off-the-wall approach, try
- ADHD Superhero Shiny Chicken Lair with Stacy Turis or
- Totally ADD! who share posts and memes that are great fun.
For parents, many Facebook pages provide information and posts, with comments being the way their readers interact.
- CHADD has a very active page as do
- Our ADHD Story and My Little Villagers.
- ADHD Kids Care and ADHD Superparents are more typical support pages.
- Honestly ADHD Parent Support group and Impact ADHD Parent community are quite good.
- Think ADHD has a large following, while the
- Parenting teens with ADHD support group is new.
For parents facing very difficult behavior, Surviving the Storm is somewhere you can feel comfortable and get understanding support and advice. Do a search for the three Oppositional Defiant Disorder Facebook support groups and find your favorite.
ADD freeSources has a mix of posts about both children and adults, but is open and not a traditional support group.
Collection of Facebook groups from Our ADHD Story
ADD Journeys – Sari Solden’s Online Community – Now with FREE membership – Offers Forums, live discussions, audio and video presentations with Sari or her associates. Look for Sari’s quotes on ADHD.
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Let us know if you know of any other active social sites. Thanks.
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