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ADHD: Taking Care of Yourself When Your Child Has ADHD

Topic Overview

Being a parent of a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is full of challenges and frustrations. This can lead to exhaustion. Taking good physical and emotional care of yourself will help provide you with needed energy.

  • Schedule time for yourself. Proper diet, exercise, rest, and leisure activities are important to include in your routine. Use a calendar, planner, or organizer to ensure you set aside time for yourself.
  • Find out whether there is a support group in your area for parents of children with ADHD. If there is no group in your area, talk to your doctor about starting one or finding another related group that can help you.
  • Talk with your doctor or another health professional if you think you may be depressed or are having other emotional difficulties.

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By Healthwise Staff
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
Last Revised February 2, 2012

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