The Ultimate Guide to Handling Back to School with ADHD

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Back to school season has arrived! It’s the time of fresh pencils, new clothes, and even purchasing some new dorm decorations. Lots of amazing things are ushered in along with the start of the school year, but for many, school is not the most fun experience. In fact, it can be downright just to concentrate on the normal everyday factors. Although, for some this season is one that brings feelings of anxiety and stress. Especially for those of you who may be dealing with something that can affect your mind and boyd, like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Every moment can seem like a fight to keep focused and maintain your good grades and joy. It doesn’t neccessarily have to be a bad thing, because there are ways that you can cope with your ADHD.

The back-to-school season can be a hectic time in general, but this time of year is an especially hard adjustment for kids with ADHD. Saying goodbye to relaxed, unstructured summer schedules and transitioning to earlier mornings and indoor classroom learning can seem like another mountain to climb. Actually, it can seem like about a thousand mountains to climb. Especially when everyone else in class seems to be catching on to things quickly. Don’t worry, because there are options out there to help increase your chances of success this school year if you are one of those struggling.

Of course, ADHD is a treatable medical condition affecting approximately 10 million adults nationwide, so you’re definitely not alone. Any one in the world can have moments of being inattentive, impulsive, or hyperactive. If you suffer from it, then you know that people with ADHD experience combinations of these symptoms repeatedly and in a way that is severe enough to have an impact at home, school, or in social situations.

Harvard neuropsychiatrist and ADHD expert Dr. Theresa Cerulli shared her tips to help best prepare for the transition to the new school year. Everything from talking to your physician, weighing your options, and figuring out what it is that best, if any, medication that you could be taking to help cope and overcome this year. You have tons of options, and this could be the year that you take control and really make a difference in your school life. You got this, and here’s how:

On the most common and hardest challenges during this period…

Dr. Cerulli: Transitions can be difficult and challenging for all of us, but particularly with ADHD. Going from the free days of summer to the structured days of school can feel like hitting a wall.

On ways to recognize these challenges and identify means to overcome them in advance of the school year…

Dr. Cerulli: I strongly suggest you talk with [your] teacher. Setting up a meeting before school starts, or a few weeks into the academic year. So you can talk about the ADHD symptoms. It’s a very heterogeneous disorder, which means it presents differently for everyone. The core features are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, but those affect people to different degrees.Sometimes one symptom more than the other.

On what information is most important to share during the back-to-school doctor’s check-up…

Dr. Cerulli: Preparation. Informing yourself about what the pitfalls may be. Talking to your physician and finding out what information may be available. Really pulling together information from the school, the home environment, and what might be available in the field. There really have been involving new science and new technologies.

On what to ask your doctor to help find solutions that address major challenges during this time period…

Dr. Cerulli: There are medications to look into. For example, I’ve been working with neo-therapeutics. They have developed an orally disintegrating tablet called Adzenys XRODT, that’s an orally disintegrated tablet that disolves in the mouth. If you are proceeding with treatement, do collaborate with a physician. Besides talking to your doctor, I encourage people to look into the organization CHADD, which is Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder. They’re a wonderful resource. Also, for more information about the medication go to

Don’t be discouraged! This is your year to be successful. Good luck this school year!

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