Research indicates that people diagnosed with ADHD in adulthood may require additional psychosocial support to assist them to come to terms with their diagnosis, and reframe their past . The techniques outlined in Table 30 can help AOD workers manage clients with ADHD symptoms.
Table 30: Dos and don’ts of managing a client with symptoms of ADHD
- Assist the client plan activities and organise prompts or reminders (e.g., using a smartphone).
- Encourage stress-reduction methods, such as progressive muscle relaxation.
- Encourage physical exercise.
- Monitor closely during times of stress – these may lead to fluctuations in symptoms and may necessitate the adjustment of medication.
- Involve family members and friends – educating them about the condition and treatment will provide long-term benefits.
- Offer to help the client engage with education courses or training, which can assist with attention
- Get visibly upset or angry with the client.
- Confuse the client by conducting unstructured, unfocused sessions.
Adapted from Gournay  and Zulauf .