"If Only I'd Known This 20 Years Ago."

Regret and resentment are common among adults diagnosed with ADHD after a lifetime of learning challeges, self-esteem struggles, and harsh criticism. Working through complex emotions is Step One. Then follow these steps to decide on the best treatment plan and secure the support you need.

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Step Four: Seek Support

Effective treatment of adult ADHD rarely comes from a single doctor writing out a prescription. Your treatment "team" may eventually include a psychiatrist or other M.D., a psychologist or therapist, an ADHD coach, and a professional organizer.

Don't underestimate the importance of emotional support. An understanding spouse and children, relatives, and friends can be a great help. Newly diagnosed adults may want to reevaluate and diversify their support systems, however, so that they don't rely too heavily on any one person.

Now matter how understanding friends and family are, you may also find that you need to connect with others who grapple with ADHD, who don't need you to explain what you're going through. Attending meetings of your local chapter of CHADD, a nonprofit advocacy and education organization, can provide this kind of been-there-done-that support. Or seek support virtually, through an ADHD listserv or message board, like ADDitude's community forums.

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