What is the prognosis when ADD is treated appropriately?
The prognosis of ADD is highly variable depending upon a multiplicity of factors. The individual’s temperament. His language skills. His intelligence. His basic academic skills. The profile and severity of attention weakness. His physical characteristics. The integrity of his nervous system. The presence of illness. Stresses in his life. His attitudes and beliefs. His self esteem. His motivation. The expectations set for him. The profile of strengths, weaknesses, and temperamental characteristics of people in his life.
For each individual, the mix of these factors is a little bit different. And for any given individual, the mix is constantly changing. This is what makes ADD such a challenge.
When all these factors are taken into account and appropriate, comprehensive treatments are put into place, the prognosis for ADD is good but guarded.
That is, the ADD individual can be helped to function successfully academically and on the job; he can have meaningful social relationships; and he can function independently.
However, as long as he continues to take on life’s challenges, there is always the possibility that the problems associated with ADD will resurface.
But this really is no different from what we all face in our own personal quest for self-development.
Our current blog series is excerpted from Dr. Liden’s best-selling book, Pay Attention!: Answers to Common Questions About the Diagnosis and Treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder.