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Attention Deficit Disorder

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) isn't just for kids any more. While many adults with ADD or ADHD have known this for a long time, it is only in the past several years that many professionals who treat the disorder are aware it is a common condition among adults.

 

When ADD (ADHD) was considered a childhood disorder, the primary focus was on academic and behavior problems in children. However, Attention Deficit Disorder is a 24/7 disorder that can affect all aspects of life. Its effects go far beyond school and far beyond childhood.

 

As many as 6% of all adults struggle with ADD and may affect all aspects of life, typically leading to significant problems in daily life management such as:

 

·        Poor time management and chronic lateness

·        Disorganization

·        Difficulty with planning and prioritizing

·        Difficulty with paperwork and record-keeping

·        Forgetfulness

·        Inconsistency

·        Impulsive decision-making

 

In addition to problems in daily life management, there are many more serious risks that have been associated with ADD, included:

 

  • Substance Abuse
  • Divorce
  • Child Abuse
  • Family Conflicts
  • Under-employment/unemployment
  • Smoking
  • Obesity/eating disorders
  • Poor driving record
  • Unplanned pregnancy
  • Sexually transmitted disease
  • Other psychiatric conditions
  • Sleep disorders
  • Learning disabilities

 

Many people with ADD (ADHD) lead lives that look normal, even very successful to the outside observer although it takes a great toll on them due to increased chronic stress and the greater effort required for them to manage their lives.  However, with treatment and support, you can greatly reduce the number and severity of challenges associated with ADD.

Ten Steps to becoming an ADD “Success Story”:

 

1)      Get rid of your can’t-do attitude- understand that you are not doomed to frustration and lack of success because you have ADD

2)      Develop a can-do attitude- work with a therapist who specializes in adult ADD to help you understand the condition and how to take charge of it

3)      Develop realistic expectations of medication- stimulants are very helpful for the majority of sufferers but it is not a magic pill that take it all away

4)      Develop realistic goals

5)      Get the support you need

6)      Get the treatment you need- medication is rarely enough, therapy is recommended

7)      Develop life management skills

8)      Improve workplace functioning

9)      Improve your marital and family relationships

10)  Improve your social skills

 

For more information on Adult ADD, contact Welborn Clinic Behavioral Health at 401-4357 or visit our website at www.welbornclinic.com

 

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