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How can I get more information on ADHD?

If you think you have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), talk to your doc. Most people find medication and therapy make a world of a difference in managing their ADHD symptoms. It might seem like a pain in the you know what to go through the lengthy process of ADHD diagnosis, but it’s worth it.  After all, Kobe Bryant didn’t become a basketball star over night.  Look how much his hard work has paid off!

Your doctor may be able to prescribe you stimulant or non-stimulant medications that can help you function better at school or work and in social situations. Seeing a psychologist (remember Lorraine Bracco's character in The Sopranos? Or the sexy star of In Treatment, Gabriel Byrne) is another option. Many psychologists offer counseling or group therapy for adults with ADHD. In these sessions, you can learn how to communicate better and be more productive at work. So talk to your doc today.

If you are concerned that you may have ADHD you should visit your primary care physician. Your physician will need to get a good history about how the symptoms are effecting your life. Many times a questionnaire will need to be filled out by a teacher and your parents. Special psychological testing may have to be done before any intervention is started. This disorder is very complex and should be evaluated by a physician before any other steps are taken.

The more you know about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the better you can cope with it. This goes for family members and teachers, as well as for the person with ADHD. Here are a few ways to get good information:

  • Community ADHD classes. Learn about ADHD, how it impacts families, and strategies to manage it at home, school, and work.
  • Books and websites. These resources can give you more information about living with ADHD.
  • Support groups. Connect with and learn from people who share your challenges and concerns.
  • Parent skills training. Learn about tools and techniques for managing a child with ADHD.
Dr. Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Practitioner

If you are an adult and would like to be tested for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you will need to make an appointment with a physician, psychologist, or counselor who is trained to assess for ADHD. You may be asked to complete checklists and behavior rating scales. With your permission, friends and family members may be asked to contribute information, as well. Their input will help the evaluator determine the extent to which your ADHD symptoms impact your life and those around you.

Your assessment for ADHD will focus on the following symptoms: inattention (having trouble paying attention, following instructions, staying organized, and remembering things), hyperactivity (fidgeting, frequently moving around, and excessive talking), and impulsivity (lack of self-control, trouble taking turns, and interrupting others). If you have symptoms of ADHD that negatively impact your life or cause problems for you regularly, your healthcare provider will assist in developing the most appropriate treatment plan for you.

Information on ADHD is available through national organizations such as the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), and the National Resource Center on ADHD. Support and information is also available through local support groups and professional organizations.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.