Best of 2012: GoodTherapy.org’s Top 10 Websites for ADHDJanuary 14, 2013 • A GoodTherapy.org Announcement
Perhaps the most studied and diagnosed mental health issue in children, attention-deficit hyperactivity (ADHD) is believed to affect up to 5% of children worldwide, most with symptoms emerging by the time they enter school.
Marked by impulsive, restless behavior and inattentiveness, ADHD is not limited to children, however. Some estimates of adults living with ADHD are as high as 4.7%, with males diagnosed up to four times more frequently than females. Associated conditions may include oppositional defiance, conduct issues, borderline personality issues, vigilance, mood issues such as bipolar and depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsion, and substance use. It is believed that diet, social and physical environment, and genetics may contribute to or exacerbate ADHD symptoms.
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The Internet is flush with information about ADHD, not all of it accurate or particularly helpful to those living with the neurobehavioral issue or seeking information about this sometimes controversial diagnosis. As with our top 10 list of grief and loss websites, we selected the 10 best ADHD resources on the web for 2012—GoodTherapy.org excluded—to help people better find their way. Among the criteria we used to select our top 10 ADHD websites are quality and depth of content, presentation, and functionality.
- ADDitude Magazine: The online version of ADDitude Magazine is a comprehensive resource for adults and children with ADHD, as well as parents and family members of such individuals. ADDitude Magazine provides information about medication, dietary tips, and tools for educating and parenting ADHD children. Site visitors are able to share personal stories, connect with others through support groups, and receive bimonthly e-newsletters with recent news and information.
- Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA): The Attention Deficit Disorder Association advocates for public policy and legislative change and coordinates ADHD Awareness Week to increase public recognition and understanding. Site visitors can find scholarly articles about ADHD, coping tools, and support groups in their area. ADDA also holds an Annual Community Health Conference and webinars for ADDA members.
- ADHD Aware: ADHD Aware is an independent nonprofit organization run by people with ADHD for people with ADHD. ADHD Aware offers tool kits for adults and children, as well as a professional directory and resource links for ADHD advocacy, co-morbid conditions, child-specific issues, and education. Site visitors can access gender-specific information and support clubs to empower children and teens living with ADHD.
- Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD): Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting individuals with ADHD. CHADD is a membership organization that offers benefits for families, educators, professionals, students, and organizations. In addition to information and educational resources about ADHD, CHADD has more than 200 chapters in the United States and provides a directory of professionals offering support services for individuals and families living with ADHD.
- National Resource Center on ADHD: The National Resource Center on ADHD is a program of CHADD. This program is focused on the science of ADHD, and offers extensive information and resources about medication, symptoms, and the behavior of ADHD. The National Resource Center on ADHD provides live assistance for site visitors and a guide to insurance issues, the legal system, and public benefits programs for individuals living with ADHD.
- ADHD and Marriage: ADHD and Marriage is run by ADHD experts Melissa Orlov and Edward Hallowell, and is designed to support adults who are in relationships when one or both parties is living with ADHD. ADHD and Marriage offers counseling information, seminars for couples, a personal blog, and forums for connecting with others.
- ADHD & You: ADHD & You is a resource for health care professionals, parents and caregivers, and people living with ADHD. Information about ADHD and its symptoms is presented, along with tips for management, treatment options, and resources for school and the workplace. ADHD & You provides a support program called “ADHD: A Shared Focus” for comprehensively understanding and managing ADHD.
- A Mom’s View of ADHD: A Mom’s View of ADHD is a group blog originated by published ADHD author Penny Williams, specifically designed to support parents of children with ADHD. The blog provides personal stories from parents, a forum for support, and extensive information about parenting, treatment, co-morbidities, self-care, and reviews of products useful for parents of and children with ADHD.
- Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Forums: The Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Forums are a highly active resource for individuals living with ADHD. The forums have more than 70,000 members and offer a safe place for site visitors to share personal experiences, connect with others, and gain valuable, personalized support from others.
- 18 Channels: An ADHD Life: 18 Channels: An ADHD Life is a personal blog by published ADHD author Katy Rollins. Her blog details the challenges of coping with ADHD in adulthood and is designed to be a resource for other individuals living with ADHD. Coping strategies, medications, and anxiety are among the topics covered on 18 Channels: An ADHD Life.
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DollyJanuary 14th, 2013 at 4:41 PM
As a special needs private school teacher I very much appreciate this list of resources.
I always find so much of the information that I discover within your website so relevant and helpful.
Keep the good news coming, as parents and I are always looking for new and exciting ways to reach our students who may need just a little more help than others.
I know that I am not the only one out here who appreciates all of the hard work that you do compiling this information and giving us the most up to date research possible as we try our best to reach every student a little bit at a time.
nancy.fJanuary 14th, 2013 at 11:51 PM
as much as the availability of these resources must be appreciated, we should also try to see whether all those that should take a look at these resources are doing so.it is very important that the availability of such resources benefits the maximum number of people and that those looking for such resources and information are looking in the right places.
NanJanuary 15th, 2013 at 3:45 AM
I have never heard of many of these webistes and online tools, but as the grandmother of two grand sons who have been diagnosed I will certainly be checking them out for myself and to share with their parents and teachers.
We are always looking for ways that will help them to embrace their learning style and not just telling them about how bad they are. Hopefully we will find some ways here that will encourage over tear them down.
Cherylynne Berger, LCSWJanuary 15th, 2013 at 7:54 AM
Thanks for publishing this list of good websites both for professionals and for individuals/families struggling with the many challenges of ADHD. I would like to suggest that you also publish recommendations for great books on this same subject, perhaps one section for professionals in particular. One of my own personal favorites is “Scattered” by Gabor Mate, MD – a brilliant, nuanced perspective on the biological and psychological complexities of this very real difference in brain functioning, and what can be done to actually help those who are struggling with it.
shaneJanuary 15th, 2013 at 1:02 PM
almost anything that we read online should be taken with a grain of salt.because after all who knows the sources!
but with a list like this one,we can be assured of the legitimacy.many people refuse to use the resources available online because their legitimacy may come under question.good to have a list ready that is assured to be legitimate and of high quality.thanks for this.
LesJanuary 16th, 2013 at 4:07 AM
How would I bring up to my son’s pediatrician that I would like for him to take a look at some of this without feeling like I am stepping on his toes?
I want to make sure that he is getting the best and most up to date treatment.
ChristopherMarch 15th, 2013 at 4:46 PM
This would be an even better list if legitimate feedback posted in the comments weren’t censored out by the powers that be, simply because they might point out some warts.
CharlotteOctober 16th, 2013 at 9:36 PM
My blog is the journal of our adventures with ADHD in our home. I share the resources we find and try. The victories and defeats. Some humor along the way. There is no perfect solution so we’re always looking for ways to improve along this bumpy road. Come check us out!
Johnd434August 2nd, 2014 at 10:35 PM
Great, thanks for sharing this article. Really Cool.
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