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Best course for newly diagnosed adult with ADHD.

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I've just been recently diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 47. I'm looking for an online course to help me manage my ADHD. Any suggestions?

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ADHD is a complicated condition ... what kind of course are you thinking of? You gotta get medical treatment and then some therapy--and do some reading and write down suggestoins ... That's people manage the condition.

Learning to manage or minimize the bad effects of the condition isn't just an intellectual matter. It's much deeper ... We know we should start that project we're procrastinating. We need to learn how to get started ... different ...

Are you being treated?

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Don't you think it's wrong to tell someone they need to get meds and therapy? That's not what the poster is asking for at all, you need to keep the reply relevant and helpful not tell someone how to live their life. Nothing wrong with using education as a starting point, I really think you need to take a step back and consider why you are being this aggressive

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No, I answered that no, I don't know of any such course. And two I elaborated that I think the framing of the question was wrong. We can't take a course for ADHD--anymore than someone takes a course for heart disease or kidney problems. We need to get treatment.

But now that you challenged me I will suggest that the poster go to eventbrite and look for online meetings regarding ADHD ... in the world of zoom, I'm imagining that there are some overview workshops that are available. ADHD stuff is so hit and miss. Might be in one area and not in another--but in the world of zoom, that potentially opens up more opportunities.

Well lo and behold, I've found such a course. And it's run by the very group that runs this forum. CHADD. Here is an intro course for adults newly diagnosed with ADHD. Wow, I missed this. ... I think the course course $20 ... Hey one insight to help with adhd is potentially worth thousands of dollars in prevented life misery! And sometimes paying for a course is really good for people who tend to be distracted ... it can raise the chance that the person won't forget the course and will take advantage of it and follow through.

I'd also recommend Ned Howell's website for lots of background ... ... The OP would get an education just randomly listening to various interviews or reading some of the articles on the site.

I'd also recommend this podcast here.

I hope this answer gets a higher rating from you, goldskittle.

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Best_me in reply to Gettingittogether

I wish I could be as measured and calm in my responses as you were in that one!

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Brightlyshining in reply to Gettingittogether

Dear getting it together, I can’t thank you enough for your link recommendation to Dr. Hallowell!! I just listened to Kristin Seymour and Vivian Dunstan and wow, I learned the most about myself in the less than one hour learning about their own personal experiences with ADHD and then how they are helping other people!! Kristin especially talks about how to see yourself for what you can do and doesn’t FOCUS on the negative bit deals with it after you realize that you just THINK differently than other people. That’s it! Dr. Hallowell is not only amazing in what he says but that he finds people from all over the world to come onto his site and talk to people!! Anyone reading this who is well versed in the negative things and problems we cause and looking for a fresh perspective, listen to these ladies!!

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Gettingittogether in reply to Brightlyshining

You know I have trouble communicating this, but reading the stories and hearing the stories of adults with ADHD was a life-changer for me, as big as any medicine ...

Hearing and reading those stories literally taught me that I COULD accept myself and create a good life. So I'm glad you have found some stories really helpful. Hearing those stories also taught me that I didn't have to become a totally different person--that I would always have some ADHD stuff going on--and that was OK!!!!!!

True story: I once read a book by an ADHD researcher who herself have ADHD, and she had all these tips and insights and then at one point near the end, she basically said even when you're getting great treatment and coaching and all of that, you still are going to have some ADHD stuff going on, and we have to develop a kindness and sense of humor about this. (I actually later met this woman in a bookstore definitely had humor about her ADHD. Something happened--I can't remember--but we both looked at each other and said together, "ADHD!" and we cracked up.)

Anyway, in her book this woman said she was giving a talk in front of a crowd and she was feeling good and thought she had it all together and she looks over and realizes that she had spilled water on the podium she was speaking from. The water was seeping onto the floor as I can remember. I was just doing a ton of cooking and food preparing (something I could never do before treatment) ... and sure enough, I spilled some milk ... huge splash-spill onto the floor. I have to say: I'm getting good at responding to mishaps like this ... yes, I feel the frustration ... but I don't self-criticize ... I get irritated that I have to stop and clean up the mess, but I don't attack myself. And I understand that when I'm pushing the limits of my executive function, little stuff is going to happen.

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Brightlyshining in reply to Gettingittogether

Thanks for your response. We need each other sometimes for encouragement and help.

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Clearly my concern was more about your focus on pressuring others to make the same life decisions as yourself. I will not agree that is the right thing for everyone, as ADHD affects everyone differently and they have different life expectations and goals to meet. I fail to see how a deadly disease can be used as a comparison to how the brain functions in ADHD? I'm amazed that your comment got more support after being sarcastic and doubling down on your viewpoint. I suppose some people don't want to think for themselves so you can keep doing the thinking for them

I don't know about a full on course, but maybe you could see if meetups has any ADHD related events online to join?

I generally just hop around mediums for information as it comes to mind, whether it's asking people I know or digging through articles or youtube vids so I don't know of one good place for everything


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You might find the InFlow app helpful. It is structured in a course-like way and has helped me learn about many facets of ADHD. I have also found the articles in to be informative and thought-provoking.

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I have been on YouTube where there’s a channel called how to adhd and it’s written/presented by someone with adhd her videos are short and snappy so adhd friendly. If you have specific things you want to look at and there’s educational stuff to help difficulties. Thank you to everyone who has posted other resources too I’m adding them to my notes!

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