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How to Understand an ADHD Diagnosis

by Kongit Farrell
  • Overview

    Understanding what it means to be diagnosed with ADHD requires insight into the diagnostic criteria, the condition itself, and options for treatment. It is also important to get as much information on ADHD as possible through reading materials or by interacting with people who thrive regardless of the condition. With the right tools, it is possible to understand, treat, and live with ADHD.
 
  • Step 1

    Meet with the diagnosing mental health practitioner to find on the grounds on which their decision was made. Inquire about the treatment plan and if medication, therapy, or both are required. Ask for additional literature to increase understanding and symptom management of the disorder. Follow their recommendations as suggested.
  • Step 2

    Schedule an appointment with a cognitive/behavioral therapist who specializes in ADHD for more insight into the condition and self-management/behavior based forms of treatment. Inquire about their services and fees and consider a cycle of treatment.
  • Step 3

    Conduct a literature review on ADHD through the internet or at the local library. Review reputable sources which are professional organizations, research and government institutions, and some books and materials created by licensed mental health professionals.
  • Step 4

    Join a support group for people with ADHD to meet others who are successfully managing the condition. Ask for suggestions on how to succeed with daily living, on the job, and to get the support of family and significant others.
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  • Meet with a psychiatrist Cognitive/ behavioral therapist Internet/library access Join an ADHD Support Group
  • Meet with a psychiatrist
  • Cognitive/ behavioral therapist
  • Internet/library access
  • Join an ADHD Support Group
  • Improve lifestyle to reduce symptoms of ADHD and increase overall heath. Exercise 30 minutes per day four to five days per week (work up to this in 10 minute increments if not physically active). Drink at least eight to ten glasses of water per day, and eat a diet low in sugar, and avoid foods with little to no nutritional content.
  • Improve lifestyle to reduce symptoms of ADHD and increase overall heath. Exercise 30 minutes per day four to five days per week (work up to this in 10 minute increments if not physically active).
  • Drink at least eight to ten glasses of water per day, and eat a diet low in sugar, and avoid foods with little to no nutritional content.
  • Only consult with the prescribing psychiatrist for medication adjustments to prevent harmful occurrences like withdrawal or toxicity.
  • Only consult with the prescribing psychiatrist for medication adjustments to prevent harmful occurrences like withdrawal or toxicity.
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