ADHD Information: Essential Guide on Attention Deficit Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Support

Everything you need to know about attention deficit: ADHD symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment for children and adults just diagnosed.

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Your child was just diagnosed with attention deficit. Or maybe you've just learned that - after all these years - you have adult ADHD. Either way, you need information and help - now!

And this first annual ADDitude Resource Guide is tailor-made for you. It provides the latest information about getting an accurate ADHD diagnosis and the important steps you need to take afterward.

Preschoolers, elementary school children, kids with ADD and learning disabilities, adults, women and girls — all have their own issues and challenges that are addressed in detail.



ADHD Advisory Board

Chairman
Larry Silver, M.D.
Georgetown University Medical School

Members
Russell Barkley, Ph.D.
Medical University of South Carolina

Carol Brady, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine

Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D.
Yale University School of Medicine

Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.
The Hallowell Center

Peter Jaksa, Ph.D.
ADD Centers of America

Peter Jensen, M.D.
Center for the Advancement of Children's Mental Health
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Rachel Klein, Ph.D.
Child Study Center
New York University Medical School

Harold Koplewicz, M.D.
Child Study Center
New York University Medical School

Michele Novotni, Ph.D.
Wayne Counseling Center

Patricia Quinn, M.D.
National Center for Gender Issues and AD/HD

Karen Wagner, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Texas Medical Branch

Timothy Wilens, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

This report contains six sections in all, each full of information, advice, and tips that will help you and your child make the right moves during and after diagnosis.

What can you expect if and when you take medication? What about non-drug therapies, like omega-3 fatty acids, nutrition, and working memory training — do they work? And behavior therapy — how can you use it to encourage good behavior in your child? We spell out the efficacy of each treatment.

Many adults opt for coaching or cognitive behavioral therapy to help them overcome unproductive habits, like forgetfulness or being late. Will these approaches work for you?

You probably have many questions about ADD — how long does it take to feel different once you start medication, why does your child find it difficult to fall asleep — and how to manage its symptoms. Dr. Larry Silver, ADDitude’s chief medical advisor, addresses your concerns in straightforward language.

Finally, if you’re looking for a doctor, coach, counselor, camp, or school, the guide has an extended directory of listings that will put you in touch with top professionals. Bottom line: If you’ve been diagnosed with ADHD, you have all the help you need to lead a productive life.

SECTION ONE: DIAGNOSIS
A road map for parents, plus to-do lists, information about preschool children diagnosed withe ADHD, and comorbid conditions such as depression and anxiety

INCLUDED: Everything from depression to learning disabilities can coexist with ADD. Find out if your child has one or more of these conditions.

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SECTION TWO: NEXT STEPS
Strategies for dealing with ADHD during the first year after diagnosis

INCLUDED: The truth about seven common ADD myths...

SECTION THREE: GETTING HELP
How to find the best doctors, therapists, coaches, and other professionals who specialize in ADHD...

INCLUDED: A short list of professionals who can work with you and/or your child in managing ADD...

SECTION FOUR: TREATMENT
Essential information about ADHD treatment options including medication and alternative therapies like fish oil, behavior therapy, biofeedback, exercise, nutrition, and more

INCLUDED: Ten things you should know about stimulant medications: Answers to your most important questions...

SECTION FIVE: CHANGING HABITS
How cognitive behavior therapy and ADHD coaches can help adults with ADHD

INCLUDED: An ADD coach is like a personal trainer for your brain. Here are answers to your questions about working with a coach...

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SECTION SIX: FIRST PERSON
Real stories from real people with attention deficit disorder - advice, counsel, sympathy, and support from other ADHD adults

INCLUDED: 25 things to love about ADHD...

PLUS: DIRECTORY OF ADHD RESOURCES
Browse ADDitude’s national listings of clinics, professionals, and products to find the support that will help you or your child manage ADHD and live a happy, productive life.

Enjoy!

Wayne Kalyn, Editor, ADDitude

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