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Managing ADHD at Home

Overview: 

Life in an ADHD House

ADHD can affect the whole family

ADHD is widely viewed as an inherited condition

Educate yourself and your family about ADHD in adults

Create strategies to overcome everyday challenges of ADHD

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Managing ADHD at Home

Life in an ADHD House

ADHD can affect the whole family

ADHD is widely viewed as an inherited condition

Educate yourself and your family about ADHD in adults

Create strategies to overcome everyday challenges of ADHD

Maintaining a happy home can be a challenge under the best of circumstances. But, when one or more family members have ADHD, the entire family can be impacted by the condition. A dad who has his own difficulties completing projects may have trouble focusing on helping his daughter finish her homework.

ADHD is widely viewed as an inherited condition. So, if you have ADHD, there's a 50% chance your children may have the condition as well. Studies show that up to 60% of children with ADHD continue to have symptoms as adults.

It's important that you talk openly and honestly about your ADHD symptoms. Educate yourself and your family about ADHD. Identify the areas where you struggle most. The more your family knows, the more helpful and understanding they can be.

You may want to consider these coping strategies as well:

  • Don't over-commit yourself.
  • Create quiet time for yourself each day.
  • If you start to feel overwhelmed, take some deep breaths.
  • Create regular routines.
  • Work with family members to split up household responsibilities.

Remember, you're not alone when it comes to ADHD. The right treatment and support system can help you manage the condition. When everyone works together, you may be able to reduce household stress and create a positive, well-functioning home environment.


CONCERTA® is a prescription product approved for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as part of a total treatment program that may include counseling or other therapies.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Talk to your healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. Only a healthcare professional can decide whether medication is right for you or your child.

CONCERTA® should not be taken by patients who have: allergies to methylphenidate or other ingredients in CONCERTA®; significant anxiety, tension, or agitation; glaucoma; tics, Tourette's syndrome, or family history of Tourette's syndrome; current or past use of monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI); esophagus, stomach, or intestinal narrowing. Children under 6 years of age should not take CONCERTA®.

Abuse of methylphenidate may lead to dependence. Tell your healthcare professional if you or your child has had problems with alcohol or drugs; has had any heart problems, heart defects, high blood pressure, or a family history of these problems; has had depression, abnormal thoughts or visions, bipolar disorder, or seizure. Contact your healthcare professional immediately if you or your child: develops abnormal thinking or hallucinations, abnormal or extreme moods and/or excessive activity; or if aggressive behavior or hostility develops or worsens while taking CONCERTA®. Your child's healthcare professional should check height and weight often and may interrupt CONCERTA® treatment if your child is not growing or gaining weight as expected.

Stimulants may impair the ability of the patient to operate potentially hazardous machinery or vehicles. Caution should be used accordingly until you are reasonably certain that CONCERTA® does not adversely affect your ability to engage in such activities.

The most common adverse reaction (>5%) reported in children and adolescents was upper abdominal pain. The most common adverse reactions (>10%) reported in adults were dry mouth, nausea, decreased appetite, headache, and insomnia.

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