Unfortunately ADHD is not just a phase but a reality that cannot be outgrown but one that needs to be dealt with. This requires not only understanding of the disorder but also application skills to better cope and when necessary, medication. ADHD can be used as a strength as well as one learns to cope with its ill effects and utilize other aspects for one’s benefit.
The article, “Is It Possible to Outgrow A.D.H.D.?” by Cheryl Maguire reviews how one can learn to better deal with ADHD. She writes,
“Some adults have essentially become asymptomatic because they have been able to use coping strategies,” said Robyn Mehlenbeck, director of the George Mason University Center for Psychological Services and president of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.”
So outgrowing it is not truly a reality. Limiting ADHD and its affects on one is a complete possibility. Please also review AIHCP’s ADHD Consulting Training Program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.
ADHD affects all aspects of one’s life. It is of no surprise then that studies also point to a correlation of addiction due to ADHD.
The article, “The ADHD & Addiction Link: Addictive Behaviors in Adults Explained” by Peter Jaska, PhD, reviews how addiction and ADHD interact with numerous bad habits. He states,
“Managing ADHD well is a challenging process. It becomes more difficult when a co-existing chemical or behavioral addiction is part of the picture. Many adults with ADHD struggle with addictive behaviors, which are often unrecognized and untreated.”
Addiction and impulses due to ADHD are difficult to control. This is especially true for those without any knowledge they have ADHD. Multiple issues make it far difficult to deal with addiction or ADHD.
Please also review AIHCP’s program in Substance Abuse Counseling as well as ADHD Consulting Certification and see if either program meets your standards and goals. The programs are online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification
Adult ADHD can create many personality conflicts with others. When one discovers they have ADHD, they can start to reflect on the past and how they acted or how they wish they behaved. Being able to reclaim one’s life and understand ADHD and cope with it is critical in living a successful life at work and home.
The article, “Has ADHD Warped Your Sense of Self? It’s Time to Reclaim Your Story — and Power.” by Dr Alise Cogger looks at how one can reclaim one’s life against ADHD. She states,
“Yes, ADHD is a constellation of inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive symptoms accompanied by academic, professional, social, and other life impairments. But perhaps most importantly, ADHD is a web of deeply rooted memories and stories. These memories hold a long history that inform our perceptions of ourselves and our capabilities. They are hard to shake and may warp our self-esteem and understanding of who we are.”
ADHD while it has its main objective symptoms is still evolving on the subjective scale. People react differently to symptoms and as time goes on how they view and deal with ADHD evolves as well. Individuals learn to cope or better handle situations and in some cases different symptoms leave or new ones emerge.
The article, “How My Understanding of ADHD Has Evolved Over Time” from the ADHD Editorial Board of “Additude” looks at how people have evoled with ADHD. The article states,
This ADHD Awareness Month, we’re recognizing our ever-expanding understanding of what ADHD is (and isn’t). To celebrate this ADHD [R]evolution, we asked ADDitude readers: “How has your understanding of ADHD evolved over time? What do you know now that you wish you’d known at the time of your own or your child’s diagnosis?”
There are many symptoms and faces of ADHD. Some individuals may day dream, while others may be energized. Some may sit still and not pay attention, while others may run around and have endless energy. Ultimately, ADHD is still the same problem and it is important for families to know what type of ADHD manifestation exists within their home.
The article, “What Does ADHD Look Like? In My Family, It Depends on Who You Ask.” by Tracey Galgoci looks at the different manifestations of ADHD. She states,
“No two people face the exact same challenges. There are common threads that may weave through each individual’s symptoms, but the presentation is as unique as each personality. Understanding this truth is key to bringing patience and empathy to our relationships and helping our loved ones with ADHD thrive. I am reminded of this truth every day by the three amazingly unique humans in my home, each one with their own set of ADHD challenges.”
ADHD can be disruptive to one’s life. It can cause not only issues at work but home. It is important to know how to cope with it and reducing stress from it is key. This is especially true during the pandemic. Reducing stress in the home life is possible during these troubled times.
The article, “5 Daily Rituals to Reduce Stress In Your ADHD Household Right Now” by Suzanne Allen looks at how to reduce stress during the pandemic in an ADHD household. She states,
“These days, many parents with whom I work with are noticing diminishing space in between situations and responses — from their children and themselves. Stress has made these “spaces” smaller, bringing about more yelling, more door slamming, and more intense emotions in quarantine. And with another major stressor upon us – the back-to-school season – it’s even more difficult to stay measured in our reactions”
Symptoms for ADHD are universal but they exhibit themselves differently in adults than in children. These symptoms can affect adult relationships, finances and work progress. It is important to identify ADHD within adults to help them understand why their life is a certain way.
The article, “Need Motivation to Cope With Adult ADHD?” by Dr Russell Ramsay looks at how to deal with the issues of ADHD in adulthood. He states,
“Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a uniquely frustrating condition to manage. Adults with ADHD struggle with various day-to-day tasks tied to work, school, at-home chores and errands, and even getting out the door in the morning, that most people navigate with only trifling bother.”
Adults with ADHD can live very productive lives but they need to know how to cope and deal with it. Please also review AICHP’s ADHD Consulting Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals. The program is online and can grant certification to qualified professionals.
ADHD affects many children in the USA. Parents may not even know their child has ADHD. If a certain number of multiple symptoms exist, then a child can be diagnosed with ADHD.
The article, “14 Signs of ADHD: Does Your Child Have ADHD?” by Dr. Karthik Kumar looks at the multiple signs parents can look for in regards to if their child has ADHD. He states,
“Usually, children have trouble focusing and behaving at one time or another. However, children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) do not just grow out of these behaviors. The symptoms continue, can be severe, and can cause difficulty at school, at home, or with friends. Below are a few common signs and symptoms of ADHD:”
It is important for parents to be alert and aware for symptoms. To review the entire article, please click here
AIHCP’s ADHD Consulting Program can also help parents, as well as counselors identify ADHD symptoms. It is designed for counselors and non counselors alike who meet proper requirements to achieve certification. If you would like to learn more then please review the ADHD Consulting Certification and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.
The pandemic has caused havoc in many life styles and routines. Going back to school is no different. The debate when or if to open schools have left many Americans in doubt. Some areas opened, while others did not and the areas that did open had new guidelines.
ADHD can make everything more complicated. Parents helping prepare children with ADHD for school definitely will face harder adjustments. Whether at doing home schooling or helping the child adjust in school itself, it will be a challenge.
The article, “How to Help Your Child With ADHD Start the School Year — Whatever It Looks Like — with Confidence” by Ashleigh Morley looks at how to help your child prepare your child. She states,
“With so many unknowns surrounding the coming school year, one of the important, foundational things that Dr. Theresa Cerulli, a neuropsychiatrist specializing in treating children and adults with ADHD, says parents can do to give their kids confidence and prepare them for the year ahead is to keep them involved with the planning. “With ADHD, structure needs to be your best friend,” Dr. Cerulli tells SheKnows.”
A big issue with any mental problem is medication. Medication while helpful can also produce numerous side effects. It is always best if coping and counseling can help alleviate an issue. This is not always the case so the question of when and what is always central. ADHD also comes into play with various medications to help alleviate the symptoms. The big question is if medication is best for a particular individual or not.
The article, “The ADHD debate: To medicate or not to medicate, that is the question” by Dr Hanli Ratenbauch explores this debate in greater detail. The article states,
“The debate on whether or not to medicate is a difficult one. Parents are concerned about the consequences if you don’t medicate before your child reaches adulthood. Of the 5-9% of children diagnosed with ADHD, 70% of people carry it into adolescence and 50% into adulthood. As we age, the hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour decreases, but the non-core issues relating to peer relationships, self esteem, family function and social skills can remain negatively impacted.”