Q: Can you cure my ADHD?
A: There is no “cure” for ADHD. However, it can successfully be managed. ADHD is like many other medical conditions, if you do what is required, it’s not a major problem in your life, but it’s always there.
Q: My doctor has started me on a stimulant, isn’t that enough?
A: In the majority of cases, no, medication alone will not make a sufficient behavioral change. There is no magic pill that will sort and file papers, or will manage your time better. The medication will help you sustain cognitive focus for longer periods of time, but building efficient behavioral patterns does not come in pill form, it must be learned.
Q: I tried the “best 10 tips for ADHD adults” I found on the internet, it didn’t work, what can you offer that’s any better?
A: The “10 greatest tips” are generic great ideas. It is generally the case that ADHD adults KNOW what they need to do but feel they CANT do that which would be in their best interest. What I can offer is to deconstruct those great ideas in ways that you can manage. Success builds confidence and a willingness to do more. We will also introduce accountability so that you are reporting your success on a frequent basis, rather being told “just do this, and all will be OK”.
Q: If I work with you, will I be able to stop my stimulant medication?
A: You CAN stop medication with your physician’s guidance at any time. However, most adults find that medication+ behavioral and cognitive-behavioral training is the most effective strategy of symptom reduction. Some people who are opposed to taking medication or suffer medication side effects, find that the behavioral training is sufficient. It is really decided on a case by case basis, depending on type and severity of symptoms.
Q: I’m thinking of starting a family, will my children have ADHD?
A: This is a chicken and egg scenario. ADHD parents who are impulsive, indecisive, and whose lives are chaotic and unpredictable, are apt to have children who adapt to that condition and learn less than efficient means of handling responsibility and emotional regulation . Hence the answer is more than likely yes due to both genetic and learned behaviors. If the parents’ symptoms are less severe, the odds are somewhat less.