Help with ADHD
ADHD, or Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a neurobiological disorder that is inherited. Our bodies are not perfect, sometimes we need glasses, insulin or other things to compensate for a weakness that our bodies have. Fortunately, we live in an age where there are medications that can help us live longer, better lives and help us to achieve our potentials. So far the research shows that the best treatment for ADHD is medication. However, research also shows that having ADHD is difficult for a person to cope with.
Research also shows that 80% of people with ADHD also have a comorbidity, or other problem along with ADHD such as depression, anxiety, oppositional or defiant behavior, learning disability, or substance abuse problem. School can be difficult for someone that is untreated. Many kids struggle academically when they have ADHD. ADHD usually affects a person in most areas of their lives: emotionally, mentally, psychologically, socially, self-esteem and behaviorally.
ADHD is characterized by difficulty focusing, paying attention, concentrating and maintaining interest on everyday routines and tasks. People with ADHD often have difficulty being organized, thinking before acting, making realistic plans, achieving goals, making moral decisions and meeting their potential. Some with ADHD are hyperactive, while others simply struggle with lack of attention and focus. Boys and men have a tendency to be more hyperactive, while girls do not appear as hyperactive as boys.
Because of this girls and women are often not diagnosed with ADHD. ADHD can often be mistaken as lazy, unintelligent and delinquent to name just a few. Children with ADHD can often be defiant, aggressive and struggle socially. Is having ADHD all bad? No it’s not. Many of our greatest individuals in history have had ADHD. One of the great advantages of having ADHD is a remarkable creativity, imagination and global thinking.
Are people over-diagnosed and misdiagnosed with ADHD?
Yes, but more are under-diagnosed and struggle through life with an unnecessary burden. At Preferred Family Clinic (PFC) we are trained and skilled at diagnosing ADHD and helping a person reach new levels of achievement, satisfaction, and happiness.
We cannot prescribe medications, that is left to your medical doctor, but we do work hand-in-hand with your physician to help with the medication and get the dosage at the optimal level. With a few people there are side-effects such as decreased appetite and insomnia; which, when there are side effects seem to be the most prevalent. We help with those too.
At PFC our goal is to help you achieve your greatest you. We are your own personalized coach.
Stimulant medication, such as Ritalin, is the most common ADHD treatment. Although some worry that children are being overmedicated, research shows it’s effective, especially when combined with counseling.