ADHD is REAL!
Whether you are newly diagnosed with ADHD or not, it’s important to remember the facts around ADHD. Especially, when you find yourself in a situation where you doubt what’s true and what’s not.
In the podcast, Talking To Family About Your New Diagnosis, we talk about ways to educate your family on your new diagnosis and a couple of strategies on how to get through this transition.
The most important strategy is taking care of yourself!
What is ADHD?
ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. (In a podcast, with Dr. Hallowell, we both agreed the name should change because it automatically makes a person feel like something is wrong with them.)
ADHD is a neurodevelopment disorder, research has shown it is highly genetic. Individuals with ADHD have challenges in inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity.
There are 3 Types of ADHD
Inattentive - less issues with impulsiveness and hyperactivity.
Does not pay attention to details
Difficulty with organization
Easily distracted / Day dreamer
Hyperactive - Has the impulsive and hyperactivity challenges.
Fidgets / Hard time sitting still
Combination of both - individual meets both criteria.
Here are a few interesting facts about ADHD
The average age of diagnosis 7 years old
ADHD is not just a child disorder, approximately 4% of the adult population have ADHD
Males are almost 3X more likely to be diagnosed than females
13% of men will be diagnosed with ADHD. Just 4.2% of women
There has been a 42% increase in diagnoses over the last several years
Up to 30% of children and 25-40% of adults with ADHD have a coexisting anxiety disorder.
Experts claim that up to 70% of those with ADHD will be treated for depression at some point in their lives.
Treatment for ADHD
Continued conversations with your doctor
Education of ADHD
Understanding and accepting your ADHD
Medications: Both Stimulant Meds and Non-Stimulant Meds
Self care practices
ADHD Systems and structures to manage daily life
There are many challenges that come with ADHD but it doesn’t define you, this is not your fault and you are not broken.
One of the best ways to navigate your ADHD is focusing on your strengths. If you’re not sure how to do this or what your strengths are, I invite you to go through my 7 day Strength Finder.
When you learn more about your ADHD, you can then better understand how to work with it instead of against it.
Thank you for your time and attention,
Healthline - https://www.healthline.com/health/adhd/facts-statistics-infographic
ADDA - https://www.adhdawarenessmonth.org/adhd-facts/
CHADD - https://chadd.org/about-adhd/overview/