19 Results in category Diagnosis & Treatment

You've Got ADHD. Now What?

on 09/06/2017 - 11:14 am

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 ...

Finding a Doctor or Therapist Who Works for You

on 08/07/2017 - 02:45 pm

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 ...

Psychologist or Coach — Which Should I See?

on 06/14/2017 - 01:45 pm

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 ...

Better-Trained Pediatricians Reduce Patients’ ADHD Symptoms

on 04/11/2017 - 11:27 am

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 ...

What ADHD Looks Like in Girls

on 03/06/2017 - 02:44 pm

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 ...

Having It All with Adult ADHD

on 01/05/2017 - 11:40 am

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 ...

You've Got ADHD — Now What?

on 11/09/2016 - 12:48 pm

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 disorder (ADHD) is treated successfully with a combination of medication and behavior therapy. But not all adults diagnosed with attention deficit embrace ADHD 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 others view them — ...

Your Child's ADHD Evaluation: 6 Diagnosis Essentials

on 10/04/2016 - 11:57 am

To ensure the right diagnosis for your child, first focus on the doctor's workup. Learn what to look for in a quality ADHD evaluation.
If you suspect that your child has ADHD, getting the right diagnosis will require persistence. "Research shows that families consult with, on average, 11 doctors before they find the right one," says psychiatrist William Dodson, M.D. "Don't give up."
Here's what a thorough evaluation should include:
1. TIME: An initial consultation could range from 45 minutes to two hours or more. That time should be spent with the child as well as the parents, looking for signs of ADHD, and for other possible explanations for the symptom ...

How to Diagnose and Treat ADHD in Children

on 09/08/2016 - 11:50 am

A parent's guide to ADHD in children: recognizing symptoms, finding a doctor, evaluating medications, and helping your child thrive.
Imagine a child whose ADHD has been diagnosed and who is getting appropriate treatment. His symptoms are under control, and he's doing reasonably well, socially and academically. Let's call this "Point B." Now imagine the same child before receiving a diagnosis. He's having difficulty at home and at school. Let's call this "Point A."
How do you get from A to B? There's no definitive diagnostic test for ADHD in children -- no blood analysis, no brain scan, no genetic screen -- so it's not easy to tell whether a child has the disorder. And doctors var ...

Who's Afraid of ADHD Meds?

on 08/01/2016 - 11:24 am

An ADDitude reader recently wrote: “I was diagnosed in my early thirties with inattentive ADHD. Not being able to successfully manage the condition has got me looking for helpful tips to manage my daily life, as well as medication advice. I have steered clear of medication because I was misdiagnosed in my late teens as having bipolar disorder. I was prescribed Depakote, which led to my gaining 40 pounds and becoming a zombie.
“I was misdiagnosed again in my mid-twenties as having depression. I was prescribed Celexa for a year, which curbed my anxiety but did little to diminish my ADHD symptoms. These misdiagnoses contribute to my fear of medication. Not ...