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You might need support to cope if you are caring for someone with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) or ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) refer to a range of problems with attention span which prevent children from learning and socialising properly.

If you care for someone with ADHD or ADD they may be impulsive, restless, hyperactive and inattentive.  These can be difficult for you to cope with and you may find it helpful to:

  1. Find out as much as you can about the condition of the person you care for. Try reading, attending talks and conferences, participating in support groups or online communities (like our discussion boards and chat room). You could also include the child if you think they are old enough.
  2. Work together and maintain good communication with others. This could include the GP, support group worker, teacher, and other family members.
  3. Anticipate problems and set achievable plans and targets to speed up your child's progress and give you both a something to work towards. Look for opportunities to support and celebrate your child's strengths too, especially in the non-academic areas. A little encouragement can go a long way.

Contact your local carers service to see how they can help you.  Your local council may also be able to help, remember to make sure you have had a carer's assessment.

You may also want to get support from: