October is ADHD Awareness Month

October is ADHD Awareness Month – did you know that? Having a bit of ADHD myself (at least I think so) and a child with ADHD, sometimes every day feels like ADHD Awareness Month around here. It can be difficult at times to manage, some days more so than others. Whenever those ADHD moments kick in though – I’ve got my places bookmarked that are my go-to references for all things ADHD-related.

October is ADHD Awareness Month

Living with ADHD

So many people think ADHD is just bad parenting, or parents that won’t to deal with their kids. I used to think that too. Many years ago. Misty thought so too, until she was diagnosed with Adult ADHD. She describes what a typical day with ADHD  is like – and it mimics my average day completely. This is how my son feels every day as well. So I get it. I understand him better than I ever have before.

We think more things before breakfast than most people think all day.


How You Can Raise Awareness for ADHD

The ADDitude Team has put together this great list that I’m sharing with you today from their newsletter and website. Remind your family, friends, school, and colleagues that ADHD is a real medical disorder recognized by all mainstream scientific organizations. It is not a function of lazy parenting or an excuse for bad behavior. It affects people of all ages, ethnicities, and genders. Treatment can significantly improve the lives of those affected. (The following information is directly from ADDitude – many thanks to them!)

  1. Find advocacy resources in ADDitude‘s Guide to ADHD Awareness Month and on  ADHDAwarenessMonth.org.
  2. Follow ADDitude on Facebook and share our 31 Myths in 31 Days — Debunked! 
  3. Use the ADHD Awareness Month Calendar to plan an activity in your community.  Post your event to reach a vast audience.
  4. Sign up for a FREE ADHD Awareness Month webinar featuring leading experts on diagnosis, treatment, and more.
  5. Sign up to receive 31 surprising truths about ADHD delivered to your inbox.
  6. Share the ADHD Awareness Month graphic on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.  

ADDitude has some amazing free webinars each month. Here are a few that are scheduled for ADHD Awareness Month. 

October 2, 2014, 1PM EDT
Children and ADHD: The Right Diagnosis, Common Challenges, Best Treatments
with Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D.
Click here to register. >>

October 14, 2014, 1PM EDT
It’s Different for Women: How to Diagnose ADHD in Women, Unique Challenges, Best Treatments
with Michele Novotni, Ph.D.
Click here to register. >>

October 29, 2014, 1PM EDT
Adults and ADHD: The Different Types of ADHD, How to Treat Them, How to Diagnose Them
with William Dodson, M.D.
Click here to register. >>

Do you know someone with ADHD? What have you done to better understand the world that they live in? Leave a comment below and let us know! 

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  1. I have a grandson who has adhd, I believe his parents have him on medication, which I really don't approve of , because to me they are only in it to make money…not to help . but thanks for share

    • Dorothy – I totally agree with you. There ARE children out there whose ADHD could most likely be managed by a change in diet and learning some valuable life skills such as organization and task management to help them in school. Diet has a LOT to do with it, believe it or not, and I noticed that by cutting out certain foods and adding others made a world of difference for Jonathan … but that alone wasn't enough. He DID need medication – and its highway robbery what they charge for a month's supply of medication if you do not have insurance to help. His Adderall cost over $300 for a 30 day supply (1 pill a day) and 70% of the time the pharmacies were out of it or couldn't get it from the manufacturer because they are only allowed to make XXX amount each month. What kind of b.s. is that? His Vyvanse that he is currently taking isn't much better – that runs about $280 a month for a 30 day supply (1 pill a day) but at least the pharmacies usually have that on hand. I think its absolutely disgraceful that the pharmacutical companies can just play havoc with our children's lives whenever they get the whim to. Some of them (like Jonathan) absolutely CANNOT attend school without it – it causes too much drama and disruption and turmoil for both them and their classmates and teachers! Okay … off the soap box now! 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

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