Have I always been this way?
What are some of the symptoms and characteristics you should be aware of when considering that you might have ADHD? And what should you do if you think you have the disorder? Dr. J. Faye Dixon discusses the first steps in getting a diagnosis. Watch the short video “What are some things adults can do if they think they may have ADHD?”
ADHD is not a simple disorder.
While we need to keep in mind co-occurring conditions, we need to also focus and building on a person’s strengths. Keeping our strengths in mind gives us a foundation for growth beyond the struggles presented by ADHD and co-occurring conditions. Dr. Thomas E. Brown has suggestions. Watch the short video “How can people balance attention to strengths as well as to relative challenges?”
Why An ADHD Diagnosis Sometimes Comes Later
Not everyone receives ADHD as a diagnosis in child, often because they don’t display the symptoms of the hyperactive presentation. J. Faye Dixon, PhD, says when difficulties arise later, as a young adult or in adulthood, individuals and their medical professionals take a second look and find the underlying ADHD has been the cause of their struggles. Watch the short video “Under what circumstances can an ADHD diagnosis be missed?”
ADHD can put a strains on the relationship between parent and child.
But you have the ability to nurture that relationship to a strong and healthy one. Dulce Torres, LPC-S, BCC, ACC, shares with parents what they can do to protect their relationship with their children. Watch the short video “How do you protect the relationship with a child who has ADHD?”
It’s common for young adult children to live with their parents…
Even when not living at home, many young adults still need their parents’ support. How can you support your young adult as in healthy and positive ways? Dulce Torres, LPC-S, BCC, ACC, offers some tips for helping families during this stage of life. Watch the short video “How can I build a healthy relationship and support my emerging adult?”
Having a second condition, or a co-occurring disorder, with ADHD is very common.
Dr. Thomas E. Brown shares how common this is and why it’s necessary to address both ADHD and the co-occurring condition to help the person begin to experience relief. Knowing what co-occurring conditions a person may have helps the clinician to form a more effective treatment plan. Watch the short video “What are the most common co-occurring diagnoses/conditions in adults?”
Structures can work… until they don’t.
Dr. J. Faye Dixon talks about how the gap between the demands of life and one’s coping skills can cause a person to recognize their ADHD – in their 20s, 30s, 40s and older. Watch the short video “Why is ADHD not diagnosed until adulthood in some people?”
Knowing the right thing to say in a given moment can be difficult.
Dulce Torres, LPC-S, BCC, ACC, gives help for choosing positive words and avoiding sarcasm, assisting us to better communicate with our children and build them up while coping with ADHD. Watch the short video “What’s the best way to talk with a child who has ADHD?”
Anxiety is one of the most common co-occurring conditions
Social anxiety and general anxiety can take the joy from life, while struggling with ASD can make it difficult to enjoy social interactions. Treating ADHD can help alleviate some of the stresses caused by anxiety. Watch the short video “What is the impact of social challenges for people with ADHD?”
Several common conditions frequently co-occur with ADHD in adults.
Recognizing co-occuring conditions and including them in treatment can making life-changing differences for most people. Watch the short video “What are the some common diagnoses/conditions that co-occur in adults with ADHD?”