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is widespread in our society. It seems males are much more likely to
be diagnosed with ADD than females. There is no definitive test for
ADD, and it is one of the most difficult diagnoses to assess. ADD can
only be diagnosed by a mental health or medical clinician trained and
experienced in the area of ADD. Comprehensive interviews covering
childhood and adult history of academics, relationships, behavior,
etc. are necessary to establish a diagnosis. Rating scales and certain
tests are often helpful and employed. Because the main symptoms of ADD
overlap with other conditions as well as with "normal" experience, a
qualified professional is required to rule out other conditions that
may produce symptoms resembling ADD. ADD should not be self-diagnosed.
If you think you have ADD it is recommended that you consult a
ADD is not an all or nothing condition, but occurs in degrees. It is
possible to have a mild case that can be relatively easy to manage.
Some people have severe symptoms and problems that can impair their
functioning greatly. Even severe ADD can, with effort, medication, and
support, be managed effectively.
People with moderate to severe problems related to ADD should consider
treatment with a professional with training and experience in ADD.
Medications can be helpful. Counseling is often indicated to deal not
only with the symptoms, but also the resulting issues related to
emotions, self-esteem, relationships, work performance, school
performance, etc. Parent counseling has been shown to be effective in
helping children with ADD. Coaching is another service providing
support for ADD. Greater effectiveness and reaching of potential can
be had. There is much that can be done to help the individual
struggling with ADD.
Learning new ways to gain control of ADD-related problems is an
important part of coping with ADD. A first step is to gain insight and
understanding of how ADD impacts in your life. This understanding can
then be used to identify the challenges and eventually to develop new
strategies and skills for dealing with your (or your child's) ADD
symptoms and problems. An ADD coach or therapist specializing in the
treatment of ADD can be very helpful in this process.
William Morgan, Psy.D. is a psychologist and ADD
coach in the greater Philadelphia area. For more information on his
e-book TIPS ON THE MANAGEMENT OF ADULT ADD go to
or visit his website at
other helpful resources.
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