There is not only one treatment for ADHD
Just like there is not one specific test, to accurately diagnosis ADHD, there is not just one treatment that alleviates the impairing challenges of ADHD.
Treatments range from medications to nutritional supplements and diet and exercise, to meditation, chiropractic, and many creative things beyond that. There is little definitive research on a number of treatments except that we do know medications truly do help 70% -80 %of adults and children with ADHD (and do not lead to drug addiction). Other kinds of treatment include fish oil, supplements, meditation, biofeedback; neurofeedback and exercise.
The Best Kind of Treatment
The best kind of treatment is comprehensive treatment. This includes the education of each individual's ADHD and how it manifests, exercise, appropriate amount of sleep, structure and for most people but not all, who have received a proper diagnosis by an ADHD specialist, correct a regimen of medications; which can mitigate the challenges of ADHD.
Most of the individuals, who have been diagnosed, have misperceptions about medications and very little understanding about their ADHD. ADHD; many of them take their medications grudgingly or resist taking medication because it symbolizes their acceptance of being broken and the medications are there to fix them.
Medication is not the end-all solution. There is not one way to successfully manage ADHD, there are a number of different alternatives that can work. Medication/s may require a period of trial and error to determine the most effective one for you. A comprehensive program is usually the most effective option.
Education about the Brain and Beliefs
ADHD coaches quite often have to educate their clients about the brain. They make them aware that the right prescribed medications allow them to play on a level field without any barriers impeding their ability to play. This has been scientifically validated by many of the world’s most credible health care institutions such as the US Surgeon General, National Institute of Mental health, American medical Association, American Psychological Association to name just a few.
Medications are one of the most researched treatment options in a comprehensive ADHD management program. You are not admitting you are broken when you choose to take medications. If you wanted to improve your eyesight, because you are near or far-sighted, you would get yourself a pair of glasses. For a majority of people with ADHD, medications are their pair of glasses that allow them to clearly see their world.
There’s one last important thing that is important to include here. Be aware that persons with ADHD are not always good predictors or monitors of their own behavior, even when taking medication. They are not always reliable or accurate with their observations when reporting back. It’s especially true with young adults with ADHD that they tend to minimize or just not be clear how they are performing and whether their ADHD traits are impacting them.
You may need to get feedback from the people around them to have a clear picture. Well trained ADHD coaches can be very helpful in the feedback process. They can work with you to articulate an accurate description of what is really going on. This is extremely important for the physician who will be determining the correct regimen of prescribed medications.
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Finally, the knowledge and competence of most health care providers around ADHD is not good. To illustrate this point, please review the testimony by Dr. Robert Nakamura as referenced in the resource list at the end of this module. The two top ADHD organizations, ADDA (Attention Deficit Disorder Association) and CHADD (Children and Adults with ADD), both work very hard to educate health care professionals by conducting annual national and regional conferences, but few attend the conferences. That means that a client coming to coaching may say that they have a doctor who specializes in the treatment of ADHD, yet they may find themselves educating the doctor just to get the minimal medical support they need. And even if the doctor is well educated and informed in the ADHD field, they still focus primarily on diagnosis and medications, leaving a big space for coaches to educate and lend support toward self-management strategies.
We’ve frequently had physicians tell us how helpful it has been when their patients have worked with a well-trained ADHD coach who has helped them identify and understand all of their impairing challenges so they could effectively communicate them to the diagnostician. Being able to articulate their traits is essential help for the physician or diagnostician when they conduct a diagnostic interview.