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.
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 ...
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