19 Results in category Diagnosis & Treatment

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 your ...

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 ...

Finding the Right Child Psychiatrist to Treat ADHD

on 02/01/2016 - 12:32 pm

My ADD/ADHD daughter's pediatrician told us it was time to take her to a child psychiatrist. Before our first visit I expected the worst.
A few months ago, Natalie’s pediatrician Dr. Halbur told us that it was time. I didn’t want to do it, but I knew he was right. Treating Natalie’s attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and co-existing conditions (anxiety, sensory processing disorder, prenatal exposure to alcohol) had become complex enough to necessitate seeing a child psychiatrist.
I’m not sure what my hesitation to take Natalie to a psychiatrist stemmed from. Was it the stigma associated with seeing a “shrink&rdquo ...

Do You Have Adult ADHD? Why Diagnosis Is Critical

on 01/05/2016 - 10:18 am

Why it's important to seek an ADHD diagnosis and treatment — even in your 60s.
Attention deficit disorder (ADD ADHD) is being diagnosed in adults in their 20s, 30s, or, in some cases, in grandparents who are in their mid-60s.
Many adults with ADHD say that they weren't even aware of the disorder until they had a child who was diagnosed. After seeing ADHD in their children, these undiagnosed adults gradually realized that they had the same signs and symptoms. Why would it be important to diagnose someone has made it through school, has a job, and has somehow managed to hang around the planet for more than a quarter of a century?
ADHD is not some monolithic diagnosis that affects ...

An Accurate ADHD Diagnosis for Children

on 11/02/2015 - 12:22 pm

Is it attention deficit disorder (ADD ADHD)? A learning disability? Maybe it's depression or anxiety, a mild form of autism — or chronic fatigue resulting from a sleep disorder. Maybe it's a combination of things.
Getting an answer to the question "What's wrong with my child?" can be harder than many parents expect. So can arranging appropriate treatment. In fact, experts say, the process of resolving a child's behavioral and academic problems is relatively straightforward for only about one in five families.
Glenn Bevensee, of Northfield, New Jersey, counts himself among the lucky few. When the 47-year-old father of two began to suspect that his 12-year-old daughter, Krist ...

Who Can Diagnose ADHD?

on 12/06/2013 - 02:02 pm

Titles and job descriptions can be confusing, especially in the alphabet soup of PhDs, M.D.s, LCSWs and others. What difference does it make?
By ADDitude Editors
Choosing the appropriate professional for diagnosis and treatment can be hard. Each specialty has strengths and weaknesses. Here is a short list of who does what when it comes to diagnosing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The PsychiatristA psychiatrist, an M.D. who treats the brain, may prescribe medication or other treatment.Advantages:

Trained in diagnosis
Able to diagnose, prescribe medication and treat.


Cost - fees usually start about $200 an hour and go up from there.
While ...

ADHD Diagnosis Guide: How to Make Sure It's Accurate

on 12/06/2013 - 01:23 pm

An accurate diagnosis of attention deficit disorder isn’t easy to come by, but it is essential to your good health. Find out where to go, what to expect, and how to prepare for the tests and consultations associated with an ADHD diagnosis.
By Laura Flynn McCarthy
Warning Signs
You’re worried. Your son’s teacher sent home a note saying that his lack of focus is holding him back in class.Your daughter phoned a classmate to set up a play date, and was turned down for the third time. The so-called “friend” told your daughter that she’s weird.Or perhaps you are concerned about your job. You were late to work twice last week, and you f ...