Adult-Onset ADHD is it a thing?

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Recently Psychology Today published an article that sheds light on what is known as Adult-Onset ADHD, or Late-Onset ADHD. What is interesting is that it might not be as common as we thought. If you survived childhood without having to deal with the frustration of ADHD, then the inattentiveness or hyperactivity you are experiencing now, as an adult, are symptoms of another mental health condition or substance abuse. That's what the statistics say.

This doesn't mean that adults don't have ADHD, or even that Late-Onset ADHD can't happen. "People can present later in life with ADHD symptoms that, upon more careful examination, had been present all along. However, this study suggests that “pure” adolescent or adult-onset ADHD may be much less common than the raw numbers suggest."

"The notion of a widespread adult-onset ADHD epidemic falls apart when you have access to detailed...

Why we can be Thankful for ADHD

Thanksgiving Dinner IllustrationThis week is a time for giving thanks.  It is often easy to be thankful for the obvious - our family, good health, friends, roof over our heads and food on the table.  
 
However, what about the less obvious?  What about our ADHD?  It is easy to mention the negatives but there are lots of positives.  These are just a few of the positive ADHD traits we should be thankful for:
 
ADHD people are often...
 
1. Creative - always thinking outside the box
2. Able to hyperfocus when that spark is lit
3. Generous 
4. Funny
5. Resilient
6. Ingenious 
7. Spontaneous 
8. Able to provide us with a different perspective
9. Energetic
10. Accepting of others
 
Please add to our list and give thanks for all of the truly special and unique people in your life.

The ADHD Family

FriendcircleWe know family management can be challenging, especially when you or your children struggle with ADHD.  Below you will find some helpful tips to assist you with the day to day.  Also check out Nanny’s Circle, our complete family management app.  Give Nanny 20 minutes a week, and she’ll take care of the rest!

  1. Take care of yourself so you’re better able to care for your child. Eat right, exercise, get enough sleep, find ways to reduce stress, and seek face-to-face support from family and friends as well as your child’s doctor and teachers. If you are lashing out in anger because you are overtired or stressed, then you are contributing to the problem.
  2. Establish structure and stick to it. Help your child stay focused and organized by following daily routines, simplifying your child’s schedule, and keeping your child busy with healthy activities.
  3. Set clear...

Parent-Training Can Help With Children’s ADHD

A new study, published by researchers at Lehigh University on October 3rd, has shown that even brief Behavioral Therapy, whether online or in-person, can be significantly effective in the anticipation and prevention of child behavior problems and can reduce ADHD symptoms. This can be a game changer for parents of preschool aged children who may have ADHD, as medication therapies are rarely encouraged as first line treatments for this age group.

It is difficult to diagnose ADHD in preschool children because they are normally active and impulsive at that age. Children with ADHD, however, are unable to wait their turn — blurting out answers or cutting to the front of the line, for example — and they may talk excessively. “Young kids with ADHD are incredibly active all the time,” says James Perrin, MD, a pediatrics professor at Harvard Medical School. “Most 4-year-olds are very...

Symptoms of ADHD

 
52Does your child have symptoms of ADHD?  The symptoms tend to be noticed at an early age and become more obvious when a child’s circumstances change, such as when they start school.  Most cases are diagnosed when children are between six and 12 years old…many children go through phases of being restless or inattentive and this does not necessarily mean they have ADHD.”

Approximately 11% of the population has been diagnosed as having ADHD in the U.S.  But, those numbers seem to be on the rise, currently it is estimated that 5% of children entering school have ADHD

However, clinicians warn, do not test children when they are too young. “Parents and teachers as well as clinicians who are undertaking ADHD assessments should keep in mind the child’s relative age. “

The three primary characteristics of ADHD are inattention, hyperactivity, and...

Adult ADHD. Do I have it?

AdultADDAttention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is currently defined as a neurological disorder (brain disorder). ADHD affects both children and adults. It is characterized by symptoms of inattention, impulsivity, and sometimes, hyperactivity. Conservative estimates indicate that AD/HD affects between 5 to 7 percent of school age children. Approximately 60% to 70% of ADHD children will continue their symptoms into adulthood.

Symptoms of ADHD, such as inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity often affect performance in the work place. Employers often complain ADHD adults cannot follow through with instructions, complete tasks, and frequently talk out of turn.

Research conducted by Harvard University found that ADHD adults with a university degree have annual household incomes approximately $4000 less than their peers without the disorder. The study also found that ADHD adults with...