How to Live With a Person With ADD
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a common childhood condition that can continue into adulthood. While ADHD is the official medical diagnosis, many commonly refer to the condition by the generic name attention deficit disorder. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, "inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are the key behaviors of ADHD." When you live with someone with ADD, you need to have knowledge of symptoms and treatment in order to understand his behavior. Through understanding ADD, you can also learn how to communicate effectively.
Educate yourself about ADHD. Read fact sheets and booklets on websites of organizations such as Attention Deficit Disorder Association and the National Institute of Mental Health. Visit your local library or bookstore to read books about ADD. Familiarize yourself with the definition of ADD, current research about the disorder and treatment options. When you have a basic understanding of ADD, you will understand what people with ADD go through and how best to communicate and interrelate with them.
Find a local support group for people living with someone who has ADD. Share your challenges and frustrations with others. Make note of tips and solutions offered to people with ADD. For example, people with ADD are not good multitaskers and should be encouraged to focus on one thing at a time.
Consult with a qualified therapist who specializes in working with people diagnosed with ADD. Talk about the impact that ADD has on your household. Ask for advice on how to assist someone with structure, and the best way to be supportive of him.
Work on medication management and watch for negative side effects. Consult with a physician who specializes in ADD if you have questions about drug dosage or if you think a different medication should be prescribed.