By Lee Gehrls, Volunteer Resource Development Coordinator

Well this is a very big day for our small nonprofit organization.  Joining the world of social media and Internet wonders is exciting and a little overwhelming.  Our new blog will appear twice a month and offer you an insider’s look at the world of ADHD.  We are committed that you who live in our 7 county service area (Benton, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright counties) have ADHD information, health care, mental health care and support services options and resources available to you 24/7, 365 days a year.  We consider it an honor and a privilege to be able to offer this free service.  We know how overwhelming, tiring, difficult, frustrating and sometimes even hopeless living with ADHD and the many related disorders can be.

A-D-A-MSM is not a direct service provider.  Instead we are an information and educational resource.  We network with other professionals and organizations on a local, state and national level to bring as many resources as we can to one hub so you can have access to that information to help you research, treat and manage your ADHD and also support all who are involved in your life.  ADHD affects everyone in your world.  It has no cure but it is treatable and manageable and requires that you and everyone in your life educate themselves on the many and sometimes complicated issues of the disorder.  It is a life long learning process for all of us.

I’ve been with the organization from the beginning and I can honestly say that the most asked question over the 19 years is, “Should I use medication?”  So this is probably as good a time as any to address that topic.  It is the policy of this organization to not give any direction to anyone dealing with ADHD whether or not to use medication.  We believe that is a personal and private decision that you have to make with the help of your physician and management team.  Our job is to provide information and resources to help you educate yourself on all sides of the medication debate.

Our nonprofit also doesn’t want to focus on just the negatives of ADHD.  Granted it’s easy to go there.  We want to support you on your journey so you learn to recognize the successes that can and will occur. You need to celebrate your successes.  This goes for:

  • the children with ADHD and their families (siblings and extended family),
  • adults with ADHD and their families,
  • teachers, coaches and youth activity leaders, Sunday school and youth religious instructors,
  • physicians and other members of your health team,
  • social workers, therapists, support group leaders, employee assistance counselors,
  • employers and employment specialists,
  • professional organizers and life coaches.

Everyone who has a part in helping those with ADHD be successful!  It takes work, sometimes very hard work.  There are times when it all comes together and then there will be times when you feel like you are going backwards.  We have all been there.  Just remember we are here to support you and we will keep this website full of options for you to choose from and we will always wish you good luck.