Archive for Adult ADHD
This is a humorous video from Youtube about ‘Age Activated ADHD’. Although this is a funny ‘sketch’, it describes what many people with ADD/ADHD feel like when they go about their day.
Watching it can help parents of kids/teens with ADD/ADHD, and spouses of adults with ADD/ADHD understand what is really going on for people who have this condition.
After last week’s post about ADD/ADHD Coaching – there was a lot of discussion – both in the blog comments, and with me directly.
I’m glad to see that the blog post created so much interest in coaching.
As part of the diagnosis of ADD/ADHD, one has to have ‘impairment’ in functioning, in addition to the required number of symptoms.
In my experience, people often don’t put enough importance on the impact of this impairment.
We had a great call the other night.
There were a lot of questions about child and teen ADD/ADHD, and a lot for adult ADD/ADHD.
We have the replay available until Tuesday February 1st, 2011 at 11:59 pm Eastern time. At that point – it will be taken down.
A study was recently published which demonstrated that Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) works up to 14 hours in adults with ADD/ADHD.
In this study, measurements of adult ADD/ADHD symptom control were taken at 2 hours post medication, and were found to be effective all the way to 14 hours after the medication was taken.
Often technology can help kids in school to learn effectively. This technology can be helpful for kids, teens or adults with ADD/ADHD – and it is particularly helpful when there is a co-existing learning disability – like dyslexia or any other LD.
I was surprised to find that the British Medical Journal recently published a ‘head to head’ commentary on whether Adult ADHD was a valid diagnosis.
They had one paper written to say ‘Yes’ – Adult ADHD is a valid diagnosis, and then a second paper written to say that ‘No’ Adult ADHD is NOT a valid diagnosis.
Over the years, there have been many studies which show that if one studies the incarcerated population, the rates of ADHD are upwards of 50%. This is a huge public health concern.
Despite having read this statistic a number of times from different studies, I haven’t heard of any actual treatment studies. I wondered why no one had proactively gone into the jails and started assessing and treating people for ADHD to improve their quality of life, functioning and improve their chances of meeting their goals after they are released from custody.
I recently spoke at a conference in Toronto for professionals who deal with ADD/ADHD, and who wanted to learn more about working with Adults with ADHD.
One of the participants suggested that it would be helpful to have a spot for people to share their contact info and what they do.
I would be very happy to help to facilitate that with this blog post.
My invitation – if you provide an ADD/ADHD resource in the Great Toronto Area, please enter a comment below – with your contact information. I recommend a website or phone number. (If you post your email address, there’s a chance that someone could come to this site and ‘harvest it’, meaning start to spam you! NB You do have to enter your email to post a comment, but that doesn’t show up on the site)