There’s a lot of information available about ADD and ADHD. Just because it’s available doesn’t mean it is helpful. So how does one determine the credibility of information? Where should one turn if he or she has questions?
The first thing to do is read. The best book to learn more about ADD/ADHD is Driven to Distraction by Dr. Edward M. Hallowell and Dr. John J. Ratey. It is the bible on ADD/ADHD. This book was published in 1995 and still remains the best book on the subject. Once you read this book, you will have a clearer understanding of ADD and ADHD.
The Internet is a wonderful tool. But as my wife likes to say, the internet and time are dangerous things. The Internet does have some good resources, but you need to be careful. For example (obviously this blog is your one-stop shop), Children & Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD) and Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) are credible organizations helping individuals with ADD and ADHD. But, some other sites may be linked to drug companies trying to promote a product. I am not saying that medication is bad, but I am saying that you need to recognize the source.
So, if my first two suggestions are leading you to believe you have ADD/ADHD, your next step is to get tested. This is a more tricky part. CHADD and ADDA have professional directories, but it is probably best to start with a child psychologist. This even applies to adults. Why you might ask? Because ADD/ADHD are discovered during childhood and this community is generally the best trained to evaluate an individual for ADD and ADHD. I would interview several candidates. You need to feel as comfortable with the process as possible.
Finally, if you do learn that you have ADD or ADHD, don’t panic. Identify resources that can help you down the road. It isn’t going to be easy, but it can be an enlightening experience.
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