Before I was Diagnosed.
There are an estimated eight to ten million people who are unaware they have ADHD. I don't know about you, but for myself, that is simply unacceptable. Imagine for a moment that all these people were concentrated into one city such as New York which has roughly that population. If you could be a fly on the wall, what kind of scenarios do you imagine you would see in the homes, schools, and the workplaces there?
Now, put on your social worker hat. What kinds of problems with relationships are going on in this hypothetical city? What is the divorce rate? Is crime out of control? Are the jails and prisons bursting at the seams? Up to 45% of inmates have ADHD. How badly is the mental health infrastructure strained?
Let's take a stroll down Wall Street. What kind of financial and economic ruin would you see? How much more poverty and hopelessness would there be? What would be the effect on the economy?
Sadly, this scenario is real. The only difference is the undiagnosed ADHD population is spread out rather than concentrated in one city. They go unnoticed, or worse, misunderstood. The destruction all around them is tangible. The good news is: ADHD once diagnosed can be effectively managed, reducing its negative impact significantly then the positive traits can finally shine. Now what does our hypothetical city look like?
Whether you have ADHD, know someone with it, or are a healthcare professional dealing with ADHD patients, we all want to reach out and help these people who don't know what they are fighting yet. To do that we need to refocus on the basics... instead of adding to the confusion that is already out there. I think we can all agree that our first priority should be helping the 10 million to recognize they have ADHD so they can get help.
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Do you suspect you may have ADHD? The following is a list of common symptoms of ADHD. This list is only some of the traits of ADHD / ADD and can vary greatly:
1. Distractibility: Are you easily distracted and lose your focus when performing a task or in a conversation?
2. Disorganized: Do you have a hard time organizing your desk, bills , schedule or anything else?
3. Restlessness: Do you often have a hard time sitting through a meeting or class? Are you constantly moving your leg or playing with a pencil? Or is your mind racing with thoughts continually?
4. Procrastination: Is it difficult to begin a task, or do you start multiple tasks but never finish them?
5. Chronic Tardiness: Are you often late for work, school, or meetings? Do you wait until the last minute to get out the door, only to find you forgot something and now will be late?
6. Impulsivity: Do you take unnecessary risks with finances or when driving? Do you blurt out inappropriate comments. Do you crave excitement?
7. Excessive Talking: Do you continue to pour out your thoughts even when the person you are talking to seems uninterested in the topic(s)? Do you cut them off when they speak or finish their sentences?
Don't panic, having these traits doesn't necessarily mean you have ADHD. It is when these traits significantly interfere in your quality of life, jobs, and relationships that you should seek help from a professional. The good news is that many people completely turn their lives around once they are diagnosed and receive treatment.
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I was diagnosed a couple years ago with ADHD. Went to my family practitioner and asked him about getting a prescription to Adderall. After a standard blood pressure check, the look on my doctors face let me know this visit would not be about ADHD.
As someone who was brand new to to the idea of having ADHD, I was very hopeful that this drug treatment I had heard a lot about might be life-changing for me. due to my high blood pressure, however, there would be no stimulants for me.
Over the last couple of years I’ve looked into every treatment for ADHD that I have found and one that sounds promising to me is Neurofeedback. being a child of the 70s I remember the hype about biofeedback and witnessed firsthand this technology become relegated to near obscurity when the results didn’t live up to the hype. I have to wonder if the pharmaceutical companies didn’t have something to do with the downplaying of its effectiveness.
In the 1980s Dr. Siegfried Othmer, a physicist, and his wife Sue, a neurobiologist started treating their son who had epilepsy, Asperger's Syndrome, and Tourette’s Syndrome among other conditions. the treatment proved extremely effective and the Othmer’s became evangelists for the technology and pioneers in developing the equipment and software to enable others to use Neurofeedback with their patients.
Throughout the 80s and into the 90s study after study was done on the effective use in treating epilepsy, ADHD, anxiety and other neurological disorders. Fast-forward to 2015, and I believe we are on the brink of an explosion of advances with this technology.
Not too long ago the equipment was bulky and expensive. Not so anymore. On Amazon you can pick up the NeuroSky or Muse and start improving your focus and relaxation from the comfort of your home. Image what the future holds for this technology.
As someone who just found out a couple years ago that I had ADHD for most likely all of my life, I began devouring every book,video, and white paper I could find on the subject. One of the first things that really struck me was the wide range of opinions even among professionals regarding ADHD.
I've read everything from the authors suggesting we are damaged goods if we have ADHD and should just take our meds and shut up... to were all amazing geniuses with superhuman powers. Then of course there is the camp that denies ADHD is real. Of course, at one time people thought the world was flat and elephants held it up.
Research continues to expose the myths and misunderstandings at a ever increasing rate. However, until the population is fully educated about ADHD, we must not be defined by uninformed opinions about what ADHD is. Our gifts and struggles are both unique and often common to those with ADHD. Yet we never should be defined solely by ADHD, our gifts, or our struggles.