This is a question I often hear in my practice. With the steadily increasing awareness of the disorder, there has been a tendency for self-diagnosis in adults, and for parents or teachers to incorrectly label children without proper consultation from a professional trained to diagnose ADHD, such as a pediatrician, psychologist, or psychiatrist.
After pointing you to some excellent links that define ADHD, its treatment options and common misconceptions, I will share with you a summary of my personal experiences working with ADHD.
Let’s start with a clear definition of ADHD. This article provides information on signs and symptoms, risk factors and treatment options. You will notice the article describes a variety of parenting skills and techniques for working with children, and shows how adults with ADHD can seek help. If you are a parent, or educator concerned about a child, or an adult wondering about the effects of HDHD, please read this article on myths, misconceptions and stereotypes about ADHD.
From my experience working with children and adults, I learned that appropriate interventions result in great benefits. One way to think of how these interventions work is by first imagining a straight line. This is the direct path towards normal development which does not require any interventions, whereas the path that uses treatment, specific strategies or therapy to reach the same destination, is curved, or indirect. As with all areas of health, early diagnosis and treatment will result in the best outcomes.