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In the US, 5.2 million young people have diagnosed ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). It’s a very common disorder that emerges in childhood, and is a condition that one can learn to manage successfully. Not being able to pay attention, think through choices, meet deadlines or maintain friendships can lead to challenges at both school and home, as well as with making friends (which can be particularly painful) but when ADHD is recognized and evaluated it can be treated and managed. Intervening early is critical so kids can experience success at school and with making friends. If you have concerns, please reach out to our Care Coordinators at 650.688.3625.
As its visibility has increased, ADHD has gained many notable advocates, such as Olympic athletes Michael Phelps and Simone Biles, musician Justin Timberlake, actors Will Smith and Emma Watson and journalist Lisa Ling who have ADHD themselves and work to raise awareness.
Common Signs of ADHD
- Trouble regulating attention
- Acting or speaking without thinking things through
- Having trouble controlling impulses
- Excessive talking
- Restless or fidgety, hard time being still
- Difficulty starting and completing chores, homework, or meeting deadlines
- Daydreamy or difficulty focusing
There are three formal diagnoses: ADHD inattentive, ADHD hyperactive and ADHD combined type (inattentive and hyperactive). Between the diagnoses, the main difference is the presence of hyperactivity. Children with ADHD are often seen as bright, but not motivated, when in fact, they have a neurological difference that causes their distraction. Those with ADHD are often blamed for “bad behavior,” though in reality, their behavior is rooted in difficulties controlling their impulses and energy among other issues. Early intervention is critical, so if you are concerned that something just isn’t right, please reach out to our Care Team.
Additional issues often overlap with ADHD. For example, anxiety and learning differences can further complicate challenges and solutions. Depending on the degree and complexity of the diagnosis, you may be referred to a specialist such as an educational specialist or occupational therapist to learn lifetime skills and develop productive habits for school and daily routines These specialists will work collaboratively with a psychologist and/or a psychiatrist to be sure you get the best possible care.
How CHC helps with ADHD
CHC has many specialists who are experts at working with ADHD from preschool through adulthood. We offer a comprehensive array of services including screening and evaluations, therapy, parent support, community education and a wealth of free resources in our Online Resource Library. CHC is here for you. If you have concerns, please reach out to our Care Coordinators to arrange an appointment at 650.688.3625.
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CHC’s Approach to Treating ADHD
CHC’s approach to working with ADHD and inattention is to develop skills that both address immediate problems and become ingrained as lifelong strategies. We recommend early intervention to protect self-esteem and enthusiasm for learning. Unfortunately, many with ADHD wind up feeling that they aren’t smart or that school isn’t for them before discovering they actually have a challenge that can be addressed successfully.
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