Welcome to our page. ADHD is a challenge for both individuals and their families. Learning more about the disorder, getting diagnosed and finding effective treatment and support for the process can be a trial. But, by taking on the job step by step, one puzzle piece at a time, it is possible. Here’s some help along the way.
ADD freeSources follows the changing paradigm of ADHD as a chronic and complicated disorder. The site addresses diagnosis, emotional and life management issues as well as the need for personalized strength-based treatment plans.
My name is Joan Riley Jager, wife, daughter, sister and aunt with a great support system of both family and friends. I am a self-taught amateur compelled to share information that can help others with ADHD and other mental differences. Currently, I manage ADD freeSources by myself but have been lucky enough to find authors who have graciously provided a number of our articles.
I first suspected that I had ADHD just after I’d finally graduated from college at the age of forty. Luckily, I found a local ADHD adult support group with an extensive lending library of books, videos, and audiotapes. I gradually came to a new understanding of myself and incorporated strategies to support many of my problem areas. I feel blessed that I was able to get the help that I needed.
Chronic depression from Bipolar disorder took much of my strength, but I started volunteering for ADD Resources.org, the organization I was to work with for 18 years. I started joining the mailing parties, helped host workshops and conferences and soon became a board member. Later I became a part-time employee for five years and facilitated the Tacoma support group. I left for a year due to upper management changes, but I returned as a volunteer after I retired on Social Security Disability.
This time I got to choose my own projects and really found that I enjoyed my work more. I inspected older information, looked for additional credible sources to provide better coverage of the complexities of ADHD and began updating the website. After I left in 2013, I started a Pinterest page about ADHD using many of the resources I had put together. I love to collect information and commentary for my boards and on Facebook, but some information is best presented in a more orderly format. Thank you for giving me time to get this site together.
Joan Riley Jager
Disclaimer: This website should not be misinterpreted as medical advice. You should only accept information about ADHD as “professional” when it comes from a licensed medical practitioner. If you have difficulty functioning in your daily life, we recommend that you seek evaluation and treatment from an experienced and reputable provider.