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ADHD/ADD

"The self is not something ready made but something in continuous formation through choice of action"
- john dewey

ADHD/ADD INFORMATION
(developed from “Healing ADD” by Daniel G. Amens, MD)

THE MYTHS OF ADD

MYTH:
ADD is the designer disease of the new century

REALITY:

· ADD has been described for over 100 yr
· Stimulants have been used for ADD since 1937
· Ritalin was introduced in 1951
· ADD is increasing in the population

MYTH:
ADD is caused by bad parents & teachers

REALITY:

· Parents, teachers, partners and friends provide the strongest support system to assist those struggling w/ ADHD/ADD symptoms to become successful in life.

MYTH:
ADD is over diagnosed

REALITY:

· Estimated 6-10% ADHD or ADD
· Only 2-3% being treated
· ADD remains vastly underdiagnosed, especially, ADD w/o Hyperactivity and in females

MYTH:
People w/ ADD just need to try harder

REALITY:

· Need effective treatment
· Learn compensation strategies

MYTH:
ADD is only a minor disorder

REALITY:

· Use twice as many medical services
· 35% never finish high school
· 43% undiagnosed ADHD boys arrested
· Up to 50% of prison population have ADD or LD
· 52% of ADD adults abuse substances
· 75% have interpersonal problems

MYTH:
Everybody outgrows ADD

REALITY:

· At least 50% of children w/ ADD have symptoms into adulthood
· Many have never been diagnosed
· For many, ADD leads to serious problems and misdiagnoses

ADD THROUGHOUT THE LIFESPAN

First 12 years—ADD

· Colicky baby
· Hyperactive/sensitive
· Often unrecognized in girls
· Symptoms include: short attention span, distractibility, poor handwriting, poor organization, interrupts frequently, underachievement
· Sleep problems/bedwetting

Adults—ADD

· Job failure/frequent changes
· Multiple relationships
· Multiple moves
· Impulse control problems
· Driving issues
· Excitement seeking
· Sleep problems

Adolescence—ADD

· Often unrecognized, hyperness outgrown
· Presents w/ impulse problems: substance abuse, teen pregnancy, runaway, legal problems, wrong crowd, driving problems
· Symptoms include: short attention span, distractibility, poor handwriting, poor organization, interrupts frequently, underachievement
· Sleep problems
· School failure (often leads to depression)

Possible Causes of ADD

· Genetics
· Brain trauma, especially left frontal lobe
· Prenatal toxic exposure
· Oxygen deprivation
· Brain infections

Do you or your children exhibit any of these behaviors? If so, please call me and we will discuss how counseling may help you and/or your child live a more productive life.

  • Kathie Ray-Annis licsw, crt, cmhp

    3925 NE 72nd Ave. Ste.107
    Vancouver , WA 98661

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