When is it Too Late To Get Help for ADD, ADHD & Executive Functioning???

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Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I received a call from a perspective client yesterday. Her son is in his mid-20s and was recently diagnosed with ADHD. It came as a relief to the family because the son has struggled for many years despite performing well on standardized tests, so they were relieved to finally have an answer.

One of mother’s first questions was…is it too late to help my son. It is a fair question, and one that should always be asked when seeking a professional. The answer I gave the mother is it depends on how open her son is to help. Interestingly enough, it is the same answer I give to any new client.

The most important part of my work with any client is the willingness to change. If you recognize something isn’t working for you, then you might be open for help. However, being able to recognize this and being open to seeking help are often times the most difficult part of the journey.

I really got serious about working through some of my issues around six years ago. I am now 37. It isn’t an age thing, it’s a desire thing. Getting serious about improving performance can come at any age.

For more information on my ADD, ADHD and Executive Functioning coaching, please visit www.adhdcoachchicago.com. To learn more information about some of the other services I provide, please visit www.carrolleducationalgroup.com and www.iepexperts.com. I can be found on Twitter at ADHDEFCoach. You can also find me on Facebook and Tumblr. My good friend and fellow ADD/ADHD Coach Tara McGillicuddy invites me as a regular guest on ADD/ADHD Support Talk Radio. Tara does many wonderful things and you should check out her website here. Feel free to email me at jonathan@adhdefcoach.com or call 773.888.ADHD (2343) with any additional questions.


  1. I always knew something was wrong even at an early age. I remember telling my parents that, “I think I have a learning disability.” Nothing was done. I was diagnosed at 30 and it relieved me and I felt validated. Being open to different treatments has helped me achieve post-diagnosis. You have to want to change in order for change to take place.

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