ADHD and Stress
The symptoms of ADHD—inattention, impulsivity, hyperactivity, and executive functioning difficulties—often lead to stress, especially with the life disruptions brought about by the pandemic. Here are some resources that offer strategies and skills to help you and your loved ones manage stress and make it easier to live with ADHD.
- ADHD & Stress: Information for Parents
Parents can help their children with ADHD reduce their stress with the tips provided in this article. Parents can also find additional support here.
- ADHD & Stress: Information for Young Adults
Here are steps young adults can take to reduce the effects of stress in their lives.
- ADHD and Family Stress
Two research studies that explore whether ADHD treatment reduces parenting stress are reviewed in this article.
- Managing Stress When You Have ADHD
Do ADHD symptoms make you feel stressed, or does feeling stressed make your symptoms worse? Read what the experts say about the relationship between ADHD symptoms and stress.
- Reframe Your ADHD-Related Stress
Reframing the source of your stress and how you view it can make a difference. This article provides coping skills that can reduce ADHD-related stress.
- The ReThinkStress Program
This program offers three steps that can transform a stress-is-debilitating mindset into a stress-is-enhancing mindset.
- Anxious, Stressed, Lonely or Bored?
Three ADHD experts discuss symptoms related to ADHD and stress and what can be done about them.
- Guidance for Uncertain Times: Managing Anxiety
Craig Bruce Surman, MD, offers expert advice on how to identify and manage anxious feelings and thoughts. He also provides tools to manage anxiety for parents and children, including a guided relaxation meditation.
- Am I Depressed?
The stress of the pandemic could lead to symptoms of depression. Eugene Arnold, MD, talks about the symptoms of depression in children and adults with ADHD and describes treatment options including medication management, behavior therapy, and complementary interventions.
- Guidance for Uncertain Times: Mothers and ADHD—Permit Yourself to Breathe
Terry Matlen, LMSW, ACSW, discusses coping strategies for women and mothers with ADHD during uncertain times and suggests how they can support children’s schooling while working from home.
- Guidance for Uncertain Times: Tips for Creating an ADHD-Friendly Home Environment
Margaret Sibley, PhD, discusses different strategies for online learning along with strategies to maintain an ADHD-friendly home during this stressful time. She provides information on options for interventions, including medication, and helps parents understand what their children are going through and how to be an outlet of support.
- Mindfulness, Stress, & Emotion
Mark Bertin, MD, discusses how the practice of mindfulness can help to manage the impact of ADHD and executive function on stress and emotion.
- Taking On Children’s Chronic Stress
Jerome Schultz, PhD, offers parents and teachers of children with ADHD or learning disabilities helpful information about chronic stress in children and how to put them and their caretakers on the path to success.