ADHD and LD Resources from ADDitude Magazine

 

We're here to help you live well with attention deficit and learning disabilities. Below are some of our best resources on how to obtain an accurate diagnosis, how to choose the right treatment, how to find a coach or another ADHD professional, how to select a school or camp, and much more. Visit ADDitudeMag.com for much more. 

ADHD Symptom Checklist for Women

on 07/06/2016 - 12:17 pm

Only a mental health professional can tell for sure if you have ADHD, but reviewing this handy checklist will give you an idea.
by Sari Solden
 

Do you have ADD? Does your daughter? Only a mental-health professional can tell for sure, but completing a do-it-yourself symptom checklist will give you an idea. The more questions you answer in the affirmative, the more likely you are to have ADD. Be sure to share your completed checklist with a doctor.

Do you feel overwhelmed in stores, at the office, or at parties? Is it impossible for you to shut out sounds and distractions that don't bother others?


Is time, money, paper, or "stuff" dominating your life and hampering ...

Find or Start an ADHD Support Group

on 06/06/2016 - 11:23 am

Can't find an ADHD support group in your area? Follow these steps to start your own support group for adults with ADHD and parents of children with ADHD.
by Michael Sandler
 

Ever been frustrated by the media's take on attention deficit disorder (ADD ADHD) - the many stories about our "Ritalin Nation," about ADD as "just a byproduct of our society," or about "teachers pushing drugs"? Ever wondered what you could do to combat negative perceptions and help others with ADHD?
After hearing heartbreaking stories from people in local workshops and support groups, I felt compelled to take action. Several months ago, I sold my belongings, bought a plane ticket to Oregon, an ...

9 Questions to Ask Before Starting an ADHD Medication

on 05/02/2016 - 11:15 am

Considering ADHD drug therapy for yourself or your child? Ask your doctor the right questions.
by Peter Jensen, M.D.
 

Before agreeing to start yourself or your child on attention-deficit drug therapy, be sure to get answers to the following questions:

What is the diagnosis?


What is the medicine, and how does it work?


Have studies been done on it?


Which tests need to be done before starting the medication?


How soon will I see an improvement?


How often do you have to take the medicine?


How will the decision be made to stop it?


What are the negative side effects of the medicine?


What will happen if we miss a dose?

From Making th ...

Psychologist or Coach — Which Should I See?

on 04/05/2016 - 01:26 pm

In general, psychologists facilitate healing, while ADHD coaches facilitate action.

— Beth Main, ADHD coach
 

A psychologist spends more time on the emotional aspects of having ADHD and can treat co-existing conditions such as depression and anxiety. Coaches help clients develop skills and strategies to overcome executive function deficits such as planning, organizing, and time management. Coaching provides more accountability, so a coach may offer more frequent (possibly daily) contact between sessions to help keep clients on track.
Coaches can -- and often do -- work on emotional challenges to some extent, and psychologists work on life skills. The difference i ...

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