ADHD Awareness Month

Ashley Harvey

Oct 19, 2021

October is ADHD awareness month. In light of ADHD awareness, it is important to discuss the many facets that come with the diagnosis. 

ADHD is an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This is a diagnosis that impacts both children and adults. Although, ADHD is typically diagnosed in childhood; there are cases when symptoms are not recognized until adulthood.  The symptoms of ADHD are found in three core areas: including inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. 

Core areas and Symptoms:

  • Poor organizational skills, avoiding mental effort, short attention span, careless mistakes, losing things, no follow through with instructions, easily distracted, fails to finish work, poor listening
     
  •  High energy during inappropriate situations, fidgeting, excessive talking, difficulty remaining in seat, acting as if you are driven by a motor “on the go, difficulty playing quietly (for children), and other hyperactive behaviors
     
  • Home impairment, school, or work impairment, interrupting others, social impairment, difficulty waiting turn 


Where do symptoms appear?

Symptoms for ADHD can be displayed or appear in various settings, such as home, work, school, or social settings.


Who does ADHD impact?

Some believe that ADHD is hereditary. ADHD can impact both children, teens, and adults. 


Is ADHD treatable?

Yes, ADHD can be treated. ADHD can be treated through counseling, medication, or a combination of both medication, counseling, and psychotherapy.


Do I need an evaluation, and if so, why?

Yes, you need an evaluation. Allowing a professional to complete an evaluation or assessment will ensure that you are not misdiagnosed and will ensure that you receive the proper treatment to address your symptoms. Evaluations can also be helpful for children and teens that struggle in school regarding inattention, inability to focus, and turning in assignments. Having an evaluation can ensure that they have the proper documentation to complete a 504 plan, which helps them to have additional time for completing assignments and/or other special accommodations if needed. An evaluation is also a great way to make sure that you have been properly diagnosed and that you or your child’s specific needs are attended to and addressed. 


Is there a Ribbon for ADHD awareness month?

Yes, there is a ribbon for ADHD awareness. The ribbon is orange and is used to show recognition of the diagnosis, symptoms associated with the diagnosis, and ways to address the symptoms. Anyone can join in bringing awareness by wearing a ribbon. Several individuals are impacted by ADHD; whether they know someone, teach someone, have a child or family member diagnosed with ADHD. Every year, teachers, educators, counselors, and medical providers celebrate ADHD awareness month to advocate and bring awareness to the symptoms and experiences of individuals diagnosed with ADHD. However, you can also join in this effort.            


How can I help or get involved?

If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of ADHD and you would like to receive treatment. Please, reach out to your medical provider to discuss options for treatment. Some common treatment options; include testing or evaluations, counseling, psychotherapy, and/or medication. Furthermore, if you or someone you know would like to receive a consultation, an evaluation, or counseling services; please contact our office. 

Remember, this is a treatable diagnosis, it is common among children and adults and there are ways to manage symptoms. 

Please, join us this month in bringing awareness to ADHD. Furthermore, bringing awareness is important because it helps educate the community about symptoms, treatment options, and advocacy for individuals diagnosed with ADHD. If you can, please wear your orange ribbon to help celebrate and bring awareness to ADHD. 

October is ADHD awareness month and with everyone’s help, we can reach one and teach one.

 

Written by:

Ashley Harvey

M.S., LPC.

Oct 19, 2021

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