Dealing with ADHD as an adult can be an isolating experience. I’ve been working to bring the topic to light and also providing more resources for adults in Australia who are coping with ADHD. In this article we’ll look at ADDults with ADHD, a charity in Australia dedicated to adults with ADHD.
For more than 20 years, ADDults with ADHD has held quarterly ADHD Awareness Afternoons, which feature speakers on a range of topics. Raising awareness is so vital to ensure that those who are dealing with ADHD don’t feel isolated. In addition to these quarterly gatherings, ADDults with ADHD also hosts the ADHD Annual Conference.
The ADHD Annual Conference brings together researchers and members of the ADHD community to share their latest findings and first-hand experiences managing adult ADHD. The 2017 ADHD Annual Conference focused on “Surviving and Thriving with ADHD,” and was hosted in Ultimo, New South Wales.
ADDults with ADHD has a powerful vision “to create an Australian community that fully supports, understands and accommodates ADHD.” And, their mission is “to be ‘the’ evidence-based information source and advocate for adults with ADHD and their communities in Australia.”
More than their supportive gatherings, they also offer direct help for adults with ADHD, their family members and friends who want to learn more about the condition. ADDults with ADHD runs the ADHD Helpline, which is open 3 days a week to provide information “about ADHD at any age.”
The ADHD helpline hours are currently Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:30am and 4:30 pm. You can find the ADHD helpline number and confirm their latest hours of availability on the ADDults with ADHD website page dedicated to the helpline.
They also have a bookstore on their website which includes books on coping with ADHD, as well as the latest research. The catalog is comprehensive and includes a number of books on very specific topics. It’s another great resource for adults with ADHD, as well as family members and clinicians.
An entirely volunteer-run organisation, ADDults with ADHD delivers quality programs and materials to raise awareness of adult ADHD, and work towards a future where it’s accepted and understood in Australia.
Like myself, ADDults with ADHD believes that ADHD is a lifelong condition. It’s not something that simply disappears with adulthood. As more people become aware and acceptance grows, I hope that ADDults with ADHD’s vision for the future will be fulfilled.