ADHD is as prevalent among grown-ups as children - and it's just as essential to manage the condition with a range of behavioral, organizational and other techniques.
This is a support group for adults with ADD/ADHD and people who suspect they might have ADHD due to issues with procrastination, organization and time management.
We usually meet 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month to discuss challenges and share information and experiences in a supportive environment.
The group is moderated by Dr. Peter Jaksa, a clinical psychologist with more than 15 years experience treating ADHD. We've been meeting since 1996 and always welcome new members.
Each meeting focuses on a particular aspect of ADHD. Topics have included ADHD and Relationships, Career and Job Choices for Adults with ADHD, Organize or Agonize: How to De-Clutter Your Home or Work Space, Effective Strategies to Improve Concentration and Focus and How to Turn Ideas Into Reality.
Here are the signs and symptoms of the condition in adults: * Chronic difficulty with poor attention and concentration. * Excessive mental and/or physical restlessness or impulsivity. * Chronic difficulty organizing your things, tasks and activities. * Chronic and excessive procrastination. * Challenges with planning, prioritizing and getting work started. * Inability to complete projects. * Excessive forgetfulness in daily activities. * Difficulty following through and completing tasks in a timely manner. * Easily frustrated and excessively impatient. * Persistent feelings of being overwhelmed and underachieving in life.
Peter Jaksa, Ph.D., is the founder and Clinical Director of ADHD Centers. He is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years experience working with children and adults with ADHD, and is also an adult with ADHD. Dr. Jaksa is the author of numerous articles and columns about ADHD, including articles published in ADDitude Magazine, Attention Magazine, and FOCUS, and the "Ask Dr ADD" question & answer column about ADHD on America Online. He has presented to health care professionals, educators, and the general public.
From 1998 through 2001 Dr. Jaksa served as president of the National Attention Deficit Disorder Association (www.add.org). He is the author of the book 25 Stupid Mistakes Parents Make (Lowell House/NTC Contemporary, 1999). Dr. Jaksa is a Parenting Advisor for ADDitude Magazine (www.additudemag.com) and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board.