ADHD: It Can Run in the Family
A child's ADHD diagnosis is often the key to helping parents realize they could have the condition, too.
Getting Organized When ADHD Runs in the Family
When ADHD hits home and more than one person under your roof has been
diagnosed with the disorder, it's time to get your family's life under control.
Ratey, who also is an ADHD coach, and past president of the Attention Deficit
Disorder Association, offers these tips for families living with ADHD:
Create a family calendar. And live by it. The family calendar is the
foundation of your structure, helping to keep everyone with ADHD -- and
everyone without it -- focused on what needs to be done.
Clean out the clutter. Clutter equals distractions, so get rid of
it. Clean out your office, your kitchen, your den -- anywhere the family spends
a lot of time. That way, when you're home, you can relax and focus.
Organize everything. When you're done cleaning the clutter, organize
what's left so you know where things are and can find them quickly.
Use to-do lists. Family members living with ADHD should treat each
other as partners. One person can create a to-do list for the day, and the
other can take charge of crossing off tasks.
Be realistic. When you create your to-do list, aim at a reasonable
level. Pick two or three things every day that you can concentrate on, not
eight or nine, so you can enjoy the satisfaction of accomplishment when
everything gets done.
Remember: You're going to forget. If you forget to do something, or you lose
focus and get off track, don't dwell on it -- just pick up where you left off
and start going in the right direction again.
Originally published in the September/October 2007 issue of WebMD the