Finding resources to manage your life as an adult with ADHD is not easy. In this series of articles, I’m bringing to light some of the best resources available for adults in Australia with ADHD. This article looks at the U.S. non-profit CHADD which has a wealth of resources available to anyone online around the world, including here in Australia.
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) is a non-profit in the United States that is dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with ADHD and ADD. They provide education, advocacy and support online with a ton of resources on their website, and also offline through their printed materials: Attention magazine and Attention weekly.
For those in Australia and across the globe, the CHADD website provides practical tools for relevant groups including ‘Parents and Caregivers’, ‘Children’, ‘Adults’, and ‘Professionals’. They include straightforward information on their page for adults with ADHD. This information is helpful for those who aren’t familiar with adult ADHD. This can be especially useful to provide a ready reference for friends and relatives to get a basic understanding of ADD and ADHD.
There is more detailed information on their page for adults regarding Diagnosis of ADHD in Adults. Remember, a proper diagnosis can only be provided by a medical professional, always seek a professional for treatment and diagnosis.
CHADD has been championing the cause of ADHD in the United States and around the world for more than 30 years. Founded in “1987 in response to the frustration and sense of isolation experienced by parents and their children with ADHD”, CHADD continues to bring individuals and families out of isolation and provide them with the resources they need to lead full lives.
Their simple mission is to “improve the lives of people affected by ADHD”. This holistic mission to include parents, family and professionals is an important part of why CHADD continues to provide benefit for children and adults with ADHD, as well as those around them.
CHADD is truly a great resource for adults with ADHD in the U.S. and around the world.
In addition to the English language resources, there is also a Spanish language ADHD resources section with helpful guides and information about ADHD treatment and diagnosis translated into Spanish.
Dr Mahendra Perera is a General Psychiatrist who treats adult patients in Melbourne, Australia. Dr Perera has specific interests in ADHD, Mood Disorders and Addiction. In addition working with his patients, he has also contributed to research across a number of specialties and helped many young doctors make their way in the medical field. Learn more about Dr Perera.
Please note: Dr Perera has no financial arrangement with any of the providers listed on the site. These resources are provided as a courtesy to patients, and are not intended as a recommendation or endorsement.