ADD Nashville Support Group
ADDNashville Support Group meetings are currently held virtually via Zoom on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 6:30 pm (Central). Terry and Sara will evaluate the possibility of returning to in person meetings on a week-to-week basis.
We send links and instructions about how to access the meeting in the regular announcements going out Saturday and Monday mornings – so be sure to check your inboxes! If you’re not already receiving emails, click to send me a request to be added to the list (and please confirm a diagnosis of ADHD).
Topic for 9.6.2021: Lighten Up!/Get Serious! – Responding To Yourself and Others About Your ADHD
Sometimes we laugh about the boneheaded things we do. Lightening up can be part of accepting ADHD, a foundation for growth. Not taking the effects seriously can be part of denying its obstructive effects and the impact of its symptoms on others, a foundation for remaining stuck. Try telling your spouse to lighten up when she is upset that you forgot her birthday or failed to pay the mortgage. Try not to laugh when she finds your eyeglasses on the bumper of your car after driving ten miles on the freeway. ADHD is funny, and it’s not! Let’s talk about when to lighten up and when to be serious.
ADDNashville is a support group for adults diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. There is no cost, but you must have a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD in order to attend. Attendees may bring a supportive guest (spouse, parent, etc.) up to two times upon approval from Terry. The group offers mutual support, connection, and an opportunity to share successful coping strategies.
To sign up for email reminders of meetings, email me a request to be added to the list. Please put “Add me to the ADDNashville List” in the subject line, and confirm that you have a diagnosis of ADHD.
The group is hosted by Terry M. Huff, LCSW, and Sara Skillen, COC®, CPO®. Additional details:
- First and third Mondays of each month
- 6:30 to 8:00 pm
- Brentwood United Methodist Church, 309 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN 37207
- Room A292.
These guidelines are intended to encourage a safe, accepting, and supportive environment. We want everyone to participate. Our 90-minute meeting provides opportunities to practice being mindful of others when speaking and listening, to maintain awareness of time and balanced participation, and to share ideas and strategies for living well with ADHD.
Awareness of individuals:
1. Practice listening.
2. Avoid interrupting.
3. Be mindful of the time and others who want to speak.
4 Avoid language that can offend.
5. Practice acceptance of differences (gender, cultural, ethnic, personal).
6. Do not offer advice unless the speaker is requesting it.
7. If your attempt to speak goes unnoticed, make yourself visible as necessary
Awareness of the Group:
1. Avoid getting lost in long stories.
2. Don’t carry on a conversation with the person next to you. Address the person instead.
3. Refrain from sharing personal stories and names of participants outside the group.
4 Silence electronic devices. You may use them to look up pertinent information.
5. Try to arrive on time, but respect that time-blindness is an ADHD feature.
6. Be a participant, not a therapist or group manager.
7. Avoid divisive speech and political discourse. We all belong in this group.
Special Considerations for Virtual Meetings:
- Mute when you are not the person speaking.
- Please do not block your video – it is difficult to connect when faces cannot be seen.
- Choose a quiet, confidential location to join the meeting.
- Please post in the chat only when absolutely necessary – it can be a distraction.
- Use headphones if possible.
- Have your name in the lower left of your screen (ask Sara or Terry for assistance if needed).
- Check to be sure your device is charged and/or plugged in.
Questions? Contact me to learn more.