The Value in Knowing That You Have ADD or ADHD, Frank Coppola

If you have attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), there is a great value in knowing that you are challenged with phenomenon. Many people – especially adults – with ADD/ADHD do not seek diagnosis or treatment for the ADD/ADHD. They blame themselves for their inability to concentrate and try to “fix things” by themselves. There are many ways to treat ADD/ADHD these days so if you think you may have it, make an appointment with your physician right away.

Your physician will most likely have you fill out a questionnaire about the signs, symptoms and behaviors dealing you’re your ADD/ADHD. From your answers, he or she can determine if you may be challenged with ADD/ADHD. If you are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, then you can begin getting the help that you need.

After your diagnosis, your first step should be to find out as much information as you can. Your doctor can help you with this and there are also books, websites and many other resources that can help you with your research. Recognizing that your symptoms are related to ADD/ADHD can help you and those around you better understand any issues that you may be having.

Once you have become more aware, you can reach out for support. ADD/ADHD 1-on1 coaching and support groups can be useful during this stage. Not only can you learn strategies for coping with your symptoms, but you can let go of the blame and shame you have been feeling because of these symptoms. Be sure your friends, family, and boss (and any co-workers you trust) know what you are going through. You need their understanding and support during this time.

If your new coping strategies do not seem to help your symptoms, talk to your doctor about medication. There are several medications available that can help lessen your ADD/ADHD symptoms. Stimulant medication will help your brain function more normally, improving your focus and productivity. You will still need to incorporate other coping mechanisms into your life, but the medication can help with this as well.

Along with support and medication, let me remind you, you could also seek out a coach. Personal ADD coaching can help you organize your plans and goals, creating a structure that you may not be able to establish on your own.

The most important step in all of this is to go see your doctor. Why should you be challenged with the sign, symptoms and behavior of these issues when there is plenty of help out there to get you on track?

There is no shame in admitting you have ADD/ADHD – only relief and the ability to find support. Again, be sure your friends, family, and boss (and any co-workers you trust) know what you are going through. You need their understanding and backing during this time.

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