Having untreated attention deficit disorder (ADD) is no laughing matter. You have a multitude of choices regarding how you choose to approach it however. ADD specialists Ed Hallowell and John Ratey have a short list in their book Driven to Distraction that lends even the chronically overwhelmed a leg up on taming the tiger known as ADD. That means you don’t have to be in New York or Boston where Hallowell Centers are located to get it together. Indianapolis is home to some of the finest medical professionals in the country.
Number one on their list is getting a good diagnosis. The short answer here is don’t stop until you feel that you are in competent hands and have a treatment plan you are comfortable with. ADD is a complex disorder and typically has a companion like depression or anxiety, so it is not easy to diagnose it correctly right off the bat. Don’t give up. Indianapolis has some very good doctors when it comes to tackling the medical part of ADD.
Prepare for the doctor’s visit as if your life depends on it, because it does. It is up to you to identify where you are having difficulties. Write it all down. Don’t expect to remember when you get to the doctor’s office. If you are coming up blank, print out a symptom checklist from www.chadd.org or www.add.org and highlight the ones that apply to you.Take it with you to the meeting with your doctor. Involve your family members, friends and coworkers if applicable when it comes to noticing and tracking symptoms. This is particularly important when medication is involved. Decisions on dosage size should be made based on solid information.
Step one also includes knowing your strengths and talents. Often adults with ADD engage more with their inner critic than their positive selves and spend precious time ruminating regarding their shortcomings. This can lead to issues of low self esteem and limiting beliefs about one’s abilities. If you question what you are good at, remember your childhood. What did you really enjoy doing? How can you have more of that in your life today?
For more information on strengths and talents, watch for the next Examiner article on ADD where we will discuss implementing a plan for promoting strengths and talents.
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