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Symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder, Diagnosis and Treatment Articles

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Detailed clinically oriented articles (i.e., for medical professionals), are here ADHD Resources for Medical Professionals. See also What are Some Common Signs of LD (Learning Disabilities)? 30% of people with ADD also have LD.


Here are some articles on the symptoms of Adult ADD

 

What's It Like To Have ADHD?

Good article by Dr. Ed Hallowell. Great to show your non-ADD friends what life is like when you have ADD.

 

Myths and Misconceptions About ADHD Science over Cynicism

This article was written to rebut uniformed media articles on ADHD.

 

Signs and Symptoms of ADD

A narrative version. A chapter from Dr. Gabor Mate's book about Attention Deficit Disorder, Scattered Minds. Talks about the symptoms of attention deficit disorder.

 

Does Your Doctor Know How to Diagnose ADHD?

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults: A Survey of Current Practice in Psychiatry and Primary Care Faraone SV, Spencer TJ, Montano CB, et al.

A survey of 50 psychiatrists and 50 primary care practitioners (PCPs) reviewed 537 and 317 medical records, respectively, of ADHD-diagnosed adults...Among patients who had no prior diagnosis, 56% complained about ADHD symptoms to other health professionals without being diagnosed. PCPs were the least aggressive in diagnosing ADHD."

I've lost track of how many people I've personally known who have told their health care professional they "thought they might have ADD" and were quickly dismissed (often rudely so) and later (sometimes 10 years later) saw an experienced professional and got diagnosed with ADD.

 

Parents Of Children With ADD Are 24 Times More Likely To Have ADD Themselves Study Says

ADHD is the #2 genetically inherited condition after height. "The evidence is dramatic and the message clear: we need to treat the whole family, not just the child." Pete's comment - I've personally noticed that men tend to be in denial/minimization longer than women.

 

Assessment and Management of ADHD in Adults

From The Canadian Medical Association Journal, Dr.'s Margaret Weiss and Candice Murray, 2003. They review the available literature, discuss the symptoms of adult attention deficit disorder, and provide an approach to the assessment and management of ADHD in adults. 8 page comprehensive article.

 

AD/HD and Co-Existing Disorders

From the National Resource Center on AD/HD. Talks about the different Co-Existing or comorbid disorders that often go along with Attention Deficit Disorder. The most common ones are Disruptive Behaviour Disorders, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Tics and Tourette’s Syndrome and Learning Disabilities.

 

Ethnic Attitudes and Experiences with ADHD

More than 3,300 adults of varying ethnic backgrounds expressed their attitudes toward, perceptions of, and experiences with ADHD in the nationwide Cultural Attitudes & Perceptions About Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder survey

While the survey demonstrates a great deal of similarities and common beliefs about ADHD among people of different ethnic backgrounds, it also reveals a number of barriers that may be keeping children who suffer from ADHD from receiving proper diagnosis and treatment," said Christopher Griffith, M.D., a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist

 

Overview of Executive Dysfunction

4 page article on executive functions, areas in which people with ADD often have problems by Leslie E. Packer, PhD.

• planning for the future
• the ability to inhibit or delay responding
• initiating behavior, and
• shifting between activities flexibly

 

Hunters, Explorers and Dreamers... Different Ways to View Your ADD Traits

An alternative model from the negative 98% pathology only oriented view of ADD. Here are some of the models that she goes into detail in.

  • Hunters
  • Explorers
  • Spatial/Visual Thinker (or "Right-Brained")
  • Minority Temperaments
  • Creative
  • Gifted
  • The Edison Trait: Dynamos, Discoverers and Dreamers
  • Overfocused
  • Lateral and Divergent Thinkers
  • Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)

 

Inaccurate Gender Stereotypes Preventing Best Possible Treatment

Inaccurate assumptions about how Attention Deficit Disorder affects boys and girls could be preventing some teens from getting all the help they need to deal with AD/HD and related complications.

 

The ADHD Ebook

14 chapters on ADD. Good overview of Attention Deficit Disorder, meant for kids, is useful for adults as well. It's online and it's Free.By Dr. Martin L. Kutscher, M.D., Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology at New York Medical College

 

MRI Visualizes Anatomical Abnormalities in ADHD

Medscape free login required. For those who want to know exactly which sections of the brain are affected by ADHD

 

Here's some symptoms of Adult Attention Deficit Disorder from the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS-v1.1) Symptom Checklist. Created by Harvard University, New York University and the W.H.O. World Health Organization. It's a screener test, it's not a diagnostic test. You don't need to have all of the symptoms to have ADHD.

1. How often do you have trouble wrapping up the final details of a project, once the challenging parts have been done?

2. How often do you have difficulty getting things in order when you have to do a task that requires organization?

3. How often do you have problems remembering appointments or obligations?

4. When you have a task that requires a lot of thought, how often do you avoid or delay getting started?

5. How often do you fidget or squirm with your hands or feet when you have to sit down for a long time?

6. How often do you feel overly active and compelled to do things, like you were driven by a motor?

7. How often do you make careless mistakes when you have to work on a boring or difficult project?

8. How often do you have difficulty keeping your attention when you are doing boring or repetitive work?

9. How often do you have difficulty concentrating on what people say to you, even when they are speaking to you directly?

10. How often do you misplace or have difficulty finding things at home or at work?

11. How often are you distracted by activity or noise around you?

12. How often do you leave your seat in meetings or other situations in which you are expected to remain seated?

13. How often do you feel restless or fidgety?

14. How often do you have difficulty unwinding and relaxing when you have time to yourself?

15. How often do you find yourself talking too much when you are in social situations?

16. When you’re in a conversation, how often do you find yourself finishing the sentences of the people you are talking to, before they can finish
them themselves?

17. How often do you have difficulty waiting your turn in situations when
turn taking is required?

18. How often do you interrupt others when they are busy?

Take the full online test for Adult ADHD

 


If you do have Adult ADHD and want some practical, customized help in managing your ADHD, contact Pete for a free 15 minute phone consultation.

 

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