In our clinical work, we know that ADHD is on a continuum. With an ADHD diagnosis, the impact of symptoms might move along a spectrum, depending on what's going on in someone's life. We work with individuals of all ages with ADHD, and see every day that it's not black and white, or cut and dry. We all have difficulty focusing, but some are further along the spectrum than others. Across the lifespan, many factors might influence where someone falls on the spectrum...
We often get asked at the clinic about the "right" way to approach treatment for ADHD. ADHD medication is a treatment option that can be helpful in managing symptoms of ADHD. But is it effective on its own?
The answer to this is complex. Yes, medication can be effective. But, ADHD medication alone won't create sustainable change. To get that long-lasting change, what's more important is to add in new tools and strategies. It's important to combine medication with behavioural changes and lifestyle changes.
As part of Mental Health Week at the start of May, we've been posting a few stories of mental health throughout the month. To finish off the month (yes we know it's June already!), please check out these Personal Mental Health Stories from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). We're all affected by mental illness - whether you know it or not - so these stories are important to share, and important to read. Check it out!
We've posted a few different messages about awareness and mental health this month. Most of them had the same theme: talking about mental health. Silence is a big problem with mental illness - we don't talk about this issue as often as we should.
So why will talking about mental health make a difference?
Often, women and girls with ADHD tend to get missed. They are under-diagnosed, often misdiagnosed, and generally overlooked. At our clinic, we often see adult women who have been anxious or depressed for years. Then, in the end, we find out that ADHD was actually the root of their issues all along.
So why does this happen? Why have there been so many undiagnosed women with ADHD?
You Mean I'm not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy?! is a title of a book written for ADHD adults by Kate Kelley and Peggy Ramundo. We recommend checking out the book - but this post is not about the book. This post is about getting an ADHD diagnosis, and how powerful it can be to learn about the impact of ADHD symptoms on your life.