When attending the ADDA conference in Atlanta, Dr. Todd Love, was struck by the number of adults with ADHD who were able to gather together to offer support to each other. In speaking with many of the ADDA members there, he learned of the various Virtual Support Groups.
At the conference in Atlanta, some of these groups who had been meeting over the past few years on the internet, had their first face to face meetings in which they all reported they felt they forged even a greater bond.
Dr. Todd Love is a Professional Counselor and ADHD Coach, who has both professional and personal experience with helping people with problems relating to internet addiction.
After speaking to several of the Virtual Support Group Facilitators, as well as coordinators of our volunteers, he went home with the seed of an idea planted. He wondered why the same practices and methods he used to help his groups, couldn’t be taken and molded into a format that would fit the ADDA models of the Virtual Support Group.
It comes in different forms, and goes by different names but over use of the internet, can result in the same problematic outcome. Anyone can get sucked in to the void that is the internet, and ADHD’ers are inherently predisposed to novelty, constant arousal and stimulation such as those offered by the internet.
This group will focus on the topic of Problematic Internet Use (PIU), particularly as it relates to ADHD’ers. Participants will learn the risks of over-use and/or misuse of the internet, the signs and symptoms of PIU, and various systems for regaining control. The group will be a safe and non-judgmental environment for ADDA members to discuss their concerns and struggles.
The first meeting of the Group will start Wednesday, January 17th. Please click here to register, make new connections and find support on building healthy ways to manage Internet Use.