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Attention Deficit Disorder Resources

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Diagnosing and Treating ADHD

How is ADHD Diagnosed?

Growing up with undiagnosed ADHD can have devastating effects, with adults often thinking of themselves as “lazy,” “crazy,” or “stupid.” As a result, proper diagnosis can be profoundly healing, putting present difficulties into perspective and making sense of lifelong symptoms

A comprehensive evaluation for adult ADHD is best made by a clinician with experience in the disorder. This may be a behavioral neurologist, psychiatrist, clinical or educational psychologist, nurse practitioner, or clinical social worker. A comprehensive evaluation should focus on past and present ADHD symptoms; the person’s developmental and medical history; and school, work, and psychiatric history, including medications, social adjustment, and general ability to meet the demands of daily life.

Various adult rating scales have been developed for clinicians to use in evaluating adults for ADHD. Self-report by the adult being evaluated will likely be the source of most of the information. The evaluation should ideally include several other sources of information, however, such as reports from a parent or significant other.

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How is ADHD treated?

Treatment for adults with ADHD also involves a comprehensive approach. This usually means a team approach works best. The team includes not only the adult with ADHD, but also healthcare professionals, a spouse/significant other, and others in the adult’s immediate family. Adults can benefit from learning to structure their environment as well as from vocational counseling. Short or long-term psychotherapy can also help. Medication may also be part of the treatment to improve the symptoms of ADHD, as many adults report that this helps them gain more control and organization in their lives.

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HAVE QUESTIONS? We can help. Learn more about ADHD and related conditions at CHADD’s National Resource Center on ADHD. You may also contact us by phone (800-233-4050) or use our Online Form (select “Questions about ADHD”) and a health information specialist will provide a personalized response

 

How is ADHD Diagnosed?

Growing up with undiagnosed ADHD can have devastating effects, with adults often thinking of themselves as “lazy,” “crazy,” or “stupid.” As a result, proper diagnosis can be profoundly healing, putting present difficulties into perspective and making sense of lifelong symptoms

A comprehensive evaluation for adult ADHD is best made by a clinician with experience in the disorder. This may be a behavioral neurologist, psychiatrist, clinical or educational psychologist, nurse practitioner, or clinical social worker. A comprehensive evaluation should focus on past and present ADHD symptoms; the person’s developmental and medical history; and school, work, and psychiatric history, including medications, social adjustment, and general ability to meet the demands of daily life.

Various adult rating scales have been developed for clinicians to use in evaluating adults for ADHD. Self-report by the adult being evaluated will likely be the source of most of the information. The evaluation should ideally include several other sources of information, however, such as reports from a parent or significant other.

Learn More

 

How is ADHD treated?

Treatment for adults with ADHD also involves a comprehensive approach. This usually means a team approach works best. The team includes not only the adult with ADHD, but also healthcare professionals, a spouse/significant other, and others in the adult’s immediate family. Adults can benefit from learning to structure their environment as well as from vocational counseling. Short or long-term psychotherapy can also help. Medication may also be part of the treatment to improve the symptoms of ADHD, as many adults report that this helps them gain more control and organization in their lives.

Learn More

HAVE QUESTIONS? We can help. Learn more about ADHD and related conditions at CHADD’s National Resource Center on ADHD. You may also contact us by phone (800-233-4050) or use our Online Form (select “Questions about ADHD”) and a health information specialist will provide a personalized response

 

Parent Resources for Managing Children with ADHD

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ImpactADHD is an online resource that teaches and supports parents about HOW to effectively manage your child’s ADHD and other challenges. Parent Coaches Elaine Taylor-Klaus, CPCC, PCC and Diane Dempster, CPC, PCC are certified coaches and mothers of complex kids, themselves. Through their website, on the phone and online, they provide coaching tips, expert articles, and webinars for free — all focused on HOW to parent complicated kids.

What’s the best way to get started with parent support? Download their free eBook, “ADHD in Reality: Practical Tips FOR Parents FROM Parents,” and sign up for their newsletter at http://impactadhd.com/download-ebook/

ImpactADHD encourages parents to take a comprehensive approach to parenting and managing ADHD. By identifying and addressing your child’s complex challenges, their programs help parents to see the best in their kids and help them to reach their full potential. The focus is primarily on learning and improvement, rather than correction and criticism. Parents learn ADHD management tools that foster independence and lifelong success in their children.

In addition to all of their free resources, ImpactADHD offers comprehensive training programs, live group phone coaching programs, and private coaching for parents — all on the phone and online. In all of their programs, they teach parents tools to confidently minimize ADHD-related stress in your family. ImpactADHD provides more than training, coaching, and support – it offers the powerful combination of hope mixed with strategy.

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