Leaders:Beth Albright, Mitch Appleman, Bobby Benjamin, Zach Gershon, Tara Sherman, Liz Stone, Daniel Turner, Kelsey Brennan
Sessions: 90 minutes
When: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays 4:30 pm PT/5:30 pm MT/ 6:30 pm CT/ 7:30 pm ET (90 minutes)
Dates: June 8 & 22; July 13 & 27; August 10 & 24; September 14 & 28; October 12 & 26; November 9 & 23; December 14 & 28
Time: 7:30pm eastern
Using Zoom conferencing via your smartphone, landline, Ipad, or laptop.
The Young Adult Peer Support Group is for ADDA members between the ages of 18-28. The goal of this group is to provide encouragement and support while beginning an independent life with ADD/ADHD. Topics will include work-life balance, organization, relationship issues, emotional regulation, procrastination, starting and keeping healthy life habits, and distinguishing between personality and symptoms.
This is a forum for mutual acceptance, understanding and self-discovery with peers. You don’t have to figure out ADD/ADHD on your own, talk to people just like you. Do you have trouble with putting things off? Losing your phone? Forgetting? So do we.
Group Leader Information
Beth Albright – bio coming soon
Mitch Appleman – BIO
My name is Mitch Appleman and I have been involved with ADDA since 2019. I attended the ADHD Conference in 2019, met some amazing people, including the Young Adults VPSG, and have been involved with this amazing community ever since! I am currently a facilitator for the Young Adults Virtual Peer Support Group as well as the Young Adults “hangout” group. I love the support that ADDA provides in the forms of resources, community, sharing experiences, and more. Being part of ADDA has helped me navigate my own life especially in my struggles relative to my social, work, family, and personal lives and I enjoy sharing my experiences with others and learning from my peers.
Zach Gershon – BIO
Zach Gershon is a PhD student at the Rockefeller University in NYC, studying neurobiology and the genetics of cognition. Zach has been a member of ADDA since 2016. He first joined the now defunct College Student Virtual Peer Support Group, and when it ended that summer, he looked to continue with a group for community support. Other Adult ADHD groups had an average membership age of over 35. Feeling like he was only “adulting” some of the time, Zach had trouble relating to those full-time adults. He realized that there weren’t a lot of resources to specifically support young adults with ADHD, and worked with ADDA to start the Young ADDults Virtual Peer Support Group. Zach has facilitated the Support Group since its inception in the summer of 2017; and in that time, the Young ADDults group has provided a safe and welcoming space to support over 100 young adults with ADHD. Adding to his volunteer work with ADDA, Zach was excited to join the planning committee for the International Conference on ADHD at the end of 2019 to advocate for more content targeting young adults. In his down time, Zach enjoys going to the theater, concerts, and museums, as well as just having a game night with his friends. Zach looks forward to meeting other young adults with ADHD and having the chance to talk with them about how they deal with their ADHD and its impacts on their lives.
Tara Sherman – BIO
Liz Stone – BIO
Hi, friends! My name is Elizabeth Stone and I have been involved with ADDA since 2019. Not only have the resources been helpful to me as a teacher, working with many students who are diagnosed or in the process of being identified as having ADHD, but they have also been incredible in my own journey as I learn more about the way I function best and the systems that best serve me. Although I have attended many ADDA webinars and participated in panels and other virtual peer support groups, my first ADDA love is the Young Adults VPSG, and I am so excited to be a facilitator for this group and to share this great community with you!
Daniel Turner – BIO
Daniel is a materials scientist and engineer working in Massachusetts. He’s been volunteering with ADDA since 2020 and a member since 2019. His ADHD journey started when he was diagnosed in grad school with ADHD combined type. This came after successfully finishing an undergraduate engineering degree and working in industry for two years. Since then, he has come to realize how profoundly ADHD has affected his life, both personally and professionally. Outside of work and ADHD, Daniel enjoys reading, birdwatching, cooking anything that he can think of and sampling craft beers.
Kelsey Brennan – BIO
Greetings! My name is Kelsey Brennan. I became a member of the Young Adult Support group in 2018. My facilitator journey began in 2020 when we introduced the Young Adult Hangout group in an effort to increase opportunities for social interaction during the Covid-19 pandemic. ADDA’s support groups have been an integral part of my mental health journey, giving me access to an amazing community, invaluable resources, and endless encouragement.
I live in NJ with my partner and cat, Maverick (a frequent guest at meetings). When not volunteering for ADDA I can be found crocheting, rollerblading, kayaking, identifying trees, wood burning, playing guitar, running… whichever of the many hobbies I’m in the mood for that day.