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ADHD as a Difference in Cognition, not just a Disorder

It is always great when you stumble upon a video that shares an important advocacy message about ADHD. This video was shot in 2013 and resonates with Springboard Clinic’s treatment philosophy in multiple ways.  Stephen Tonti, then a student at Carnegie Mellon University,  describes his personal experience sharing that ADHD is not something to “get rid” of, but simply a form of “cognitive diversity.” We believe strongly that the importance of choosing the right environment, embracing your strengths and having the right support can make all the difference.

We believe that coaching/counseling support is integral to individuals learning to understand the way their brain works and helps develop the skills they need to function within their environments. As he suggests, finding the right environment(s) can be a huge factor in what type of treatment is needed!

Unfortunately, it sounds like he had a pretty negative experience with medication.  At Springboard Clinic, we know that medication can play a very pivotal role in treatment. We work to try to use low doses, and we never do medication-only treatment. From our perspective, though,  it’s important to share that there can be a safe and effective place for medication in an overall treatment plan, and that it can really “kick start change”.

 

What do you think about Stephen’s perspective on ADHD?

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