Keep fighting the good fight: How remembering you have ADHD is actually the secret to beating it.

Receiving a diagnosis of ADHD is not an end point. Instead, it is an opportunity for a new beginning. By realizing that ADHD is actually a brain difference, you can put some context into your past, and help you understand why you often feel the way you feel. So, if the process is done right, a diagnosis is a chance for transformation, for change, and for individual growth.

Coming to terms with having ADHD is not about feeling guilt, or shame, or feeling bad about yourself. And it shouldn’t be about receiving a label either. It should be an empowering experience with the opportunity to build self-awareness, with the goal of getting closer to finding your true self.

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Is ADHD over-diagnosed?

A common perception is that ADHD is over-diagnosed. But is this actually true? Or is this belief a reaction to bias in the media? Or, are we actually seeing an increase in rates of appropriate ADHD diagnoses?

The answer to this is somewhat complex. Part of the reason this is even an issue is the fact that ADHD can't be diagnosed with something definitive like a blood test or brain scan. Instead, it relies on a thorough assessment of symptoms on a continuum.

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Testing for ADHD: Can Brain Scans help Diagnose ADHD?

brain scan to test for ADHDIn the article: Can Brain Scans Help Diagnose ADHD? the author explores an interesting debate. Some clinicians have been using neuroimaging techniques as part of an ADHD evaluation. But how effective are they? From what it sounds like, many proponents of brain scans know the results need to be taken into context. Many more recognize that neuroimaging techniques should not be a standalone diagnostic tool.

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