Is there a Cure for ADD/ADHD?

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Image courtesy of Ambro / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Without a doubt, this is one of the questions I get asked most often in my work. Is there a cure for ADD and ADHD? There’s so much information and misinformation about ADD/ADHD, that it is important to understand some basic facts before answering this question.

  • ADD/ADHD is not a disease
  • ADD/ADHD is not mental retardation or brain damage
  • There’s no environmental causes of ADD/ADHD
  • ADD/ADHD is not a boys’ only disorder, it also impacts girls
  • ADD/ADHD often manifests itself differently in boys than girls.
  • It is hereditary
  • Only a qualified professional can properly diagnose ADD/ADHD
  • Medication can be an effective intervention when properly monitored and not the only intervention

These are just a few things to keep in mind. There’s plenty of other ones as well, but let’s start with this list. I usually ask new clients to tell me what he or she knows about ADD/ADHD. I am surprised at how many different responses I’ll receive. Unfortunately, this often comes from misinformed professionals or even worst, the Internet  Now, I know what you might be thinking, and yes, you’re reading this on the Internet too. But the difference between my blog and other sources is that I am not trying to sell you a product (yes I am an ADD/ADHD and Executive Functioning coach, but there’s no hidden agenda).

Here is my best advice for anyone seeking help; if it doesn’t feel right, comfortable or seems too-good-to-be true, it usually is a problem. When it comes to ADD/ADHD, many not-so-trustworthy professionals try to sell hope. It is a very unfair and unprofessional way of doing business. I’m upfront with perspective clients about what I offer and how my services will work. If I don’t see this as a fit, I will point perspective clients in a different direction. I’d strongly advise you to ask questions and if there’s concerns early, these will not go away.

So to answer the original question, there is no cure for ADD/ADHD. But with the proper interventions (medication, coaching, counseling, etc.), there are ways of improving performance. As with anything else, implementing proper interventions will eventually lead to improved compensation strategies. If you are told otherwise, you are probably at the wrong place.

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 FacebookDigg and Tumblr. My good friend and fellow ADD/ADHD Coach Tara McGillicuddy invited me as a 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 with any additional questions.

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  1. […] does not mean one should discontinue interventions into adulthood. Let’s remember that there’s no cure for ADD/ADHD, but one can develop personal interventions that help improve functioning. These interventions […]

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