Based on my observations and studies treating ADD for the past 30 years, it’s fair to say that ADD touches upward of 20% of our population. More than ever, we need to understand this often misunderstood, misaligned disorder.
People who are treating their ADD are living and thriving. Let’s make the path to accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plans clear for all.
5 Things Everyone Should Know About ADD/ADHD:
1. Attention Deficit Disorder is very common in adults. It is suspected that 1 in 25 adults has ADD. However, only half have been properly diagnosed and less than a quarter are being properly treated.
2. Untreated adult ADD can result in many chronic issues: obesity, chronic bowel problems, addiction disorders, depression/anxiety, and college failure, not to mention failed relationships, accidents, or poor job performance. Properly diagnosing and treating ADD could have a huge impact on our society and health care system.
3. Proper treatment of ADD with medication and counseling always starts with a comprehensive, diagnostic evaluation that includes objective testing, feedback from various members of the patient’s life, and a look at the whole person.
4. Risks associated with correct medication use are minimal compared to the risks of untreated ADD. Medication is often necessary but never sufficient and should always be paired with supportive counseling. Stimulant medications used to treat ADD are generally very safe and are not addictive.
5. The preferred name for ADD/ADHD is ADD since “Hyperactivity” is only one of many symptoms of ADD patients and shows up in less than 10% of those diagnosed.
Dr. Craig Liden is the Founder and Medical Director of The Being Well Center, an ADD/ADHD diagnostic and treatment center in Pittsburgh, PA that has helped more than 10,000 people worldwide living with ADD.