I hope this is an appropriate question. Our son, who is 20, has been an accomplished student and athlete. He is currently a sophomore in college, and a member of an athletic team. In the past, he has done well in school (3.8 GPA) and athletics (state champion), but this semester he has really hit a wall. He can't focus, can't motivate himself to do his schoolwork, and is getting increasingly frustrated and down on himself. He's self-diagnosed himself with ADHD, and it seems that this may fit, but we're trying not to get ahead of ourselves.
We've connected him with a psychiatrist for an assessment, which we expect he will complete in a few days. Bottom line, his current condition seems to be really impacting his mood and outlook. His academic outlook feels a bit hopeless; he's not completing assignments when due, can't read for extended periods of time, etc. He needs relief. We're encouraging him to complete his assessment and that, regardless of the specific diagnosis, he will begin to get the help and relief he needs and wants.
For those of you who may have been through this, do you have any suggestions on how we can support him through this process, both in the very short term (before his assessment is complete and treatment, if any, begins to work) and in the longer term? What works? What doesn't? We've been careful not to say things like "Just snap out of it" or "You just need to work harder," and instead just tried to listen, empathize, and brainstorm.
Any help/advice is appreciated. Thank you!