The goal of any ADHD parent-to-parent network is to connect two or more families living with a child who has ADHD. By connecting with another parent in a similar situation, you can share stories, give advice, vent your frustrations and exchange important medical information. This can help you better understand what your child is going through. It could also help lead you toward a new treatment or a great doctor. And it could be a therapeutic release for you as well.
Many parents of children with ADHD, or any disorder for that matter, tend to focus so much of their energy on their child that they overlook themselves. Talking to another parent who can empathize with your situation may help you recognize that you're not alone. Or that you're not to blame. Or that you and your child can be OK. For many parents, the simple exchange between themselves and people who understand is the biggest benefit of these networks.
Many sites offer other benefits beyond communication with other families. Some offer newsletters that include personal stories and important, disorder-related news [source: MUMS]. Others may connect you with ADHD experts and doctors who can offer advice and medical insight [source: ADHD Family Online]. Most sites have articles available and links to direct you to other helpful sites. Before joining a specific network, be sure to read through the different public sections of its Web site. That way, you'll be able to compare the benefits and costs to determine which fits your needs best.
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