Why An ADHD Diagnosis Matters

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October is a big month for health awareness. In addition to Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Depression Awareness Month, October is also ADHD Awareness Month. Despite the fact that ADHD is a legitimate disorder that affects more than 15 million Americans, copious doubters skill voice their skepticism about ADD/ADHD and its treatment options. For this reason alone, ADHD Awareness Month is very beneficial.

ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a condition that involves a lack of focus, being overactive, struggling to control behavior, or a combination of these. One of the reasons some people don’t take this disorder seriously is that it is not a fatal disease and it’s sometimes hard to decipher from normal childhood behaviors. But if left untreated, children with ADHD grow into adults who cannot manage their time, can’t control their lives and often struggle to maintain healthy relationships. Proper diagnosis from a mental health therapist at an early age is extremely beneficial to people with ADHD.

If a person’s ADHD goes undiagnosed, they may spend a lifetime trying to compensate for their distracted behavior just to live a “normal” life. Children with ADHD are often seen as disruptive, rude or out of control. Adults with ADHD tend to be seen as “space cadets,” forgetting to do things like pay bills on time or send thank you notes for gifts. Their homes are usually messy and cluttered and they often see themselves as failures.

No one deserves to live a life where they feel out of control, and proper diagnosis can help. Once a child is diagnosed with ADHD, treatment can begin. This may include regular therapy sessions, medication or a combination of both, depending on the severity or the individual. Once the person is diagnosed and starts treatment, the positive effects will be noticeable almost immediately. Improved focus, better relationships and better self-esteem will be the result of beginning to modify their behavior right away.

Since children mature at different rates and many young people are easily distracted, diagnosing ADHD can be difficult. No single test can diagnose the condition. Information is gathered about the patient and other conditions, such as undetected hearing or vision problems or other medical issues, are ruled out before a diagnosis is administered. Usually the child’s pediatrician will recommend a mental health therapist for the diagnosis and treatment process.

An ADHD diagnosis is essential in order to begin treatment. And the earlier children are diagnosed, the faster they can form habits that will allow them to become healthy, functional, productive adults. If you suspect your child might have ADHD—or if you, as an adult, think you might have it—contact a Costa Mesa therapist  that specializes in child psychiatry for an appointment. There is no need to keep living in a constant state of distraction and disorder when such good treatment options for ADHD are available.