I think I have ADHD now what?

I think I have ADHD – now what? If you have focusing difficulties, you may have been thinking about this question for some time.

Maybe you’ve been wondering this since getting some pointed comments from a teacher. Or maybe your friends won’t stop joking about your “high energy.” Perhaps you’ve taken an online quiz, or noticed how the lists on Buzzfeed, or the stories on TotallyADD.com sound eerily familiar.

Whatever your hunch may be, thinking you have ADHD and knowing you have ADHD are two different things...

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Why it’s important to get a thorough ADHD assessment

image If you think you (or a loved one) may have ADHD, it’s important to get a thorough ADHD assessment. This doesn’t mean sitting down and answering a couple of yes or no questions, or trying a stimulant to see if it works – attention difficulties have many causes, anywhere from a sleep disorder to an anxiety disorder. You need a professional who knows the difference and an assessment that will dig deep.

Why is this important?

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At what age should I have an ADHD assessment for my child?

Many doctors and psychologists refuse to conduct an ADHD assessment for children before the age of 5 or 6, and they have good reason. ADHD is a developmental disorder, and when a child is still in preschool or kindergarten they still have a lot of developing left to do. Not only that, labeling a child too early may create unnecessary worry for parents, and runs the risk of impacting a child’s self-esteem...

What about the other side of the argument? What about the children under the age of 6 who are already exhibiting concerning or disruptive behaviour?

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