The following are some strategies that can help you stay on track with your ADHD management plan:
a. Schedule appointments with health care professionals.
Schedule regular follow-up appointments with your ADHD health care team, so that they can:
- Track your progress
- Update your ADHD management plan, if necessary
- Answer questions about your ADHD
- Provide information on additional ADHD resources and support organizations that might help you
- Evaluate your need for continued treatment
3 helpful steps to prepare for your appointment:
- Print and complete Questions for Your Health Care Professional. This will help your health care professional evaluate your symptoms, perform an assessment, and determine a management plan if necessary. Be prepared to discuss any medications you're currently taking.
- Collect feedback to share with your health care professional. Write down examples of how your ADHD symptoms affect you at home, at work, or in social settings. Request feedback from people closest to you—your significant other, family members, and friends. You may also want to gather report cards from your time in school and any job performance reviews you may have.
- Take someone with you. Your significant other or friend may hear or remember something that you don't. They may also think to ask a question that might not have occurred to you.
b. Organize your schedule.
Make regular use of planners, logs, watches, timers, apps, and computer reminders to help organize your schedule, track progress, and establish and maintain a routine for completing tasks.
c. Set realistic goals.
Set goals for yourself that are specific, realistic, and measurable.
d. Join a support group.
There are many ADHD support and advocacy groups. Get involved with these groups for additional support for you and your family.