Just diagnosed with ADHD? The next step is to figure out your treatment options — which can be confusing and, at times, overwhelming. Here’s how to embrace your diagnosis and move forward with the help you need.
Studies show that adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is treated successfully with a combination of medication and therapy. But not all adults who have just been diagnosed with ADHDembrace help and seek treatment. Many see their ADHD-related traits of creativity, ability to multi-task, and entrepreneurial energy as germane to who they are and their successes in life.
“People worry that ADHD treatment will change how they work and how oth ...
Helpful criteria for choosing a doctor, therapist, counselor or other ADHD professional.
There are few professional relationships that are more personal than that of a doctor and patient. Trust and comfort are crucial if therapy is to be a success. Having said that, it is also important that the person treating you knows what he or she is talking about.
Step One: Know What You Need
What qualities in a health care provider are important to you? The following is a list of traits that people most often mention when asked what they want from a health care professional. When finding a doctor that suits your needs, you may or may not agree that every one of these qualities is importan ...
In general, psychologists facilitate healing, while ADHD coaches facilitate action.
A psychologist spends more time on the emotional aspects of having ADHD and can treat co-existing conditions such as mood disorders 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 is the degree to ...
Thinking about sending your child to camp this summer? Consider these qualities that make camp a fun and useful journey for a child with ADHD.
After a long trip to camp from the airport, a young camper got out of the van, threw his head back, spread his arms, and said, “Ahh, I’m home.” John Willson, executive director for SOAR, which operates summer camps for children with ADHD in Balsam, North Carolina; Dubois, Wyoming; and internationally, likes to tell this story to drive home the fact that kids should feel excited about attending summer camp, as if it were a second home.
“You want camp to be like that for kids,” he says. “That’s what par ...
A project aimed at improving pediatricians’ understanding of ADHD diagnosis and treatment did more than give the doctors increased knowledge and confidence — it also reduced their patients’ symptoms by more than 10 percent.
The pilot program, organized by the Chapter Quality Network (CQN) of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), ran from December 2015 to January 2017 and was based on the AAP’s guidelines for diagnosing and treating ADHD — guidelines that are widely regarded as the industry standard.
Pediatricians from New York, Ohio, Texas, Georgia, and Arkansas received education on medication management, behavior therapy, and diagnostic process ...
Disorganized daydreamers. Social butterflies. Space cadets. These are all awful labels applied wrongfully and thoughtlessly to girls with ADHD. Learn the signs and symptoms of attentio deficit in girls, and save your daughter a lifetime of shame.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in girls can be hard to decipher, which is why it’s often overlooked and underreported by teachers. The following behaviors, occurring frequently and in various combinations, may indicate ADHD.
1. Daydreaming quietly in class.
2. Looking out the window while twirling her hair.
3. Picking at her cuticles often.
4. Feeling anxious and depressed (but not meeting the criteria of any diagnosable ...
We asked our readers: “What ADHD organization tools do you swear by – not at?” And they shared the best high-tech and low-tech solutions that help them everyday.
ADDitude asked adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD): What are the organization products or apps that you swear by -- not at? These days, ADDers have more high-tech options than they can shake a smartphone at. Here’s what keeps you on top of things.
"Evernote, a free cross-platform app, is the best tool of them all. I use it to make to-do lists, store contacts, clip interesting articles, webpages, and design ideas, and scan r ...
After a midlife diagnosis and with help from an ADHD coach, this ADDer is on a mission to change, well, everything.
by Amy Wu
Randy Schwartz, a softball dad, dedicated family man, and a successful salesman at a company that markets energy-efficient lighting and power technologies, was diagnosed with adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD ADHD) in 2006.
The year before, Schwartz’s ADHD symptoms had come to a head. He became increasingly forgetful and could not stay focused at work or in meetings. ADHD affected his home life as well.
“Our daughter and I joked that, whenever we would go someplace, we all had to wait for Randy to get in the c ...