Advice for health and social care professionals on the support and management of people with ADHD during the COVID-19 crisis.
While we are all having to make very significant adjustments to follow the everchanging rules and restrictions necessary to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, those with ADHD – particularly those with severe symptoms – may find this particularly challenging. We believe that the following guidance applies when treating and supporting people with ADHD during this difficult period. Please contact us if you have and comments or additions to the below.
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Guidance from AAPDA
The Raising Children Network
The advice about how best to manage our lives during this difficult times is evolving rapidly and this is reflected in the changes in the rules and restrictions placed on our movement and behaviour. The Raising Children Network has prepared helpful advice for parents about how we can support the children of Australia through the crisis and it may be helpful to refer parents to their website which also contains helpful more general information about managing ADHD in children and teens.
Advice On Home Monitoring
Patients could be encouraged to purchase a home Blood Pressure machine and be guided through using it including:
- Taking the BP a few days after starting a new drug / dose
- Taking the BP at least 2 hours after taking a dose
- Sitting down for 10-15 minutes before taking the reading
- Taking the reading on the left arm
- Taking the lowest of 3 readings
- At the same time capturing the pulse
Readings can then be communicated to the clinic, and advice on next steps can then be provided by the clinician.
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