Diagnostic and Developmental Center has been working with ADHD patients for close to thirty years.
It has become apparent that ADHD is only a symptom complex associated with other conditions. These other conditions must be discovered and treated. The patient must be treated as a whole person. They must not be seen as ADHD.If the entire problem is not treated, the results will not be optimal.
TREATMENT DELAYED IS TREATMENT DENIED!
In the weeks to come, we will discuss various conditions that appear as ADHD, but, when fully diagnosed, need a completely different treatment.
In January, I will be on WEB- TALK RADIO. I will give you an address at that time so you may listen to these shows.
Many times depression presents with impulsivity, distractibility, short attention span and even hyperactivity. This can easily be confused with ADHD. The treatment is very different. If treated as ADHD results will be poor, but worse… treatment which is correct, will be delayed.
TREATMENT DELAYED is TREATMENT DENIED
If one could make a “behavior wave” you would see ups and downs in behavior.
If these mild mood changes cause problems in family relations, job performance, or difficulty with friends or a husband or wife, this is pathology and needs to be treated.
Treatment can be medical or psychological, or both.
Mood disorders frequently mimic signs and symptoms of ADHD. These include impulsive, distractible, or lack of attention or focus.
If treated as ADHD then the proper treatment is delayed.
WE ALL KNOW THAT TREATMENT DELAYED IS TREATMENT DENIED.
Next: other conditions that mimic ADHD