What Adolescents Need to Know About ADHD
ADHD is a classified as a neurodevelopmental disorder, but what does that mean? It means that the brain of someone with ADHD has developed somewhat differently and works differently than the non ADHD brain. However, this does not mean that someone with ADHD is not as intelligent as someone without ADHD. In fact, ADHD does not impact intelligence or any other skills and talents that you may have, so having ADHD does not mean that you won’t be able to succeed in the things that you want to do. Some things such as focusing and getting work competed may continue to be more difficult and require assistance, strategies, accommodations and possibly treatment be put in place to help you attain your goals. READ MORE
Moving from Adolescent into Adult ADHD: What Parents and Adolescents Need to Know
The journey into adulthood for those with ADHD can be a rough road for some, cause many to stumble and even fall. For a summary of potential issues with tips and strategies READ MORE
Information on Post-Secondary ADHD
ADHD can substantially impact almost all aspects of a student’s life especially school. Although generalized symptoms help us to diagnose the disorder, exactly how these symptoms impact the individual depends on many factors: type, severity, other personality traits, other coexisting disorders and learned healthy or unhealthy strategies.
CADDAC has chosen a selection of our documents that we suggest those with ADHD or those who think they may have ADHD and are in a post-secondary learning environment access. Treatment for ADHD should always include several modes of treatment, but the very first form of treatment should always be education on ADHD for those with ADHD, their significant others and their family members.
In addition, when in school it is imperative that you contact your access/resource/disability center, prior to entering school and provide them with the appropriate medical documentation to access appropriate accommodations for ADHD. By doing this you will be setting yourself up for success rather than failure. Even if you end up not using the accommodations required you have nothing to lose.
Many students with ADHD who enter college or university do not anticipate having difficulties especially if they were able to get through high school without serious incidence. However, these same students are often shocked how quickly they become overwhelmed and start falling behind.
Lack of skill in planning, organization, time management and procrastination tends to trip them up more than difficulties in understanding and learning course content. Assignments start to pile up, instructions are interpreted, due-dates missed or totally forgotten, triggering stress and panic. Your support system, your parents and teachers, who you might have railed against at the time, are gone, laying all of it directly on your shoulders.
If you are new to ADHD, or think you may have ADHD but are not sure also, start with reading information in Getting Stared Adult ADHD. You may be surprised by what you learn. For instance, did you know that many people with ADHD are not hyperactive, but may just be day-dreaming? Also access filmed presentations on adult ADHD, and executive functioning in our You Tube account.
Also access ADHD in Education / Post- Secondary for information on your rights to accommodations in the post-secondary system and how to access them
In addition you might wish to become a subscriber to receive bimonthly e-mails with information on educational events and tips. Or better yet, become a member to receive bi-monthly newsletters in addition to the e-mails, access to free webinars, discounts on educational events and the knowledge that you are supporting CADDAC in our ADHD education, awareness and advocacy efforts.
Sign and Symptoms of ADHD in Post-Secondary Education – two documents discussing signs and symptoms of ADHD and some questions to ask yourself if you think you may have ADHD.
Tips for College and University Success –Tips for college/university success, online resource information for the ADHD post-secondary student and a list of ten questions that could be symptoms of ADHD. For more information about ADHD in adulthood, please visit the Adult ADHD drop-down menu at the top of the page.