ADHD is a mental illness that has many misconceptions about it, and it’s important for people to understand it more. Many young people are getting diagnosed with ADHD each year, but often they don’t understand it. Not only that, but it’s also difficult for parents to have a child with ADHD without the proper knowledge as well. This is one of the primary reasons why October is ADHD Awareness Month so the whole family can begin to overcome it together.
October is ADHD Awareness Month to Help Families
Although many people receive the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), many go undiagnosed as well. One of the issues we face as a country is that there’s a lack of awareness about mental illness. This can lead to people struggling with symptoms of ADHD for a long time without getting mental health treatment. October is ADHD Awareness Month, and it can help families begin to look for signs and symptoms.
Some of the most common symptoms of ADHD include the following:
- Troubles focusing
- Anger issues
ADHD Awareness Month is also important because there are many resources for families to help one another. Many parents don’t know how to support a child who has ADHD properly, and it can make things worse. When a child is feeling misunderstood or punished for something he or she cannot control, it doesn’t help the situation. During ADHD Awareness Month, families learn how to maintain their own mental health while living with someone with ADHD.
October is ADHD Awareness Month to Help with Substance Abuse
For many people, having ADHD can lead to substance abuse problems for a variety of reasons. People who struggle with ADHD can experience bouts of depression as well as anxiety from their mental illness. It can be difficult to feel good about one’s self when you’re constantly struggling in school, or you feel misunderstood. Because of this, young people sometimes turn to drugs or alcohol as a way of coping with the stresses that come with ADHD.
The issue is that abusing substances to deal with ADHD can then lead to addiction and only make things worse. There comes the point where abusing substances only makes depression and anxiety worse, and your ADHD is harder to manage. There are also young people who develop an addiction to ADHD medications, so they need to figure out new ways to manage their symptoms. Substance abuse programs help those who struggle with ADHD as well as an addiction by assisting with the development of new coping skills.
Treatment for Addiction and ADHD
Zelus Recovery is in Meridian, Idaho, and we’re proud to support ADHD Awareness Month. October is ADHD Awareness Month, but we help young people all year long who struggle with having a dual diagnosis. We specialize in treating people who have ADHD as well as an addiction and offer the following programs:
- Intensive Outpatient
- Men’s rehab program
- Women’s rehab program
For more information about how Zelus Recovery can help you or your child, call us today at 208.518.0797.