ADHD Q & A: Answers to the Questions People Have About ADHD
By Carol Gignoux, Coach, Live ADHD Free
I am frequently asked questions about ADHD. Here are some of the most up-to-date answers.
Q: Is ADHD real?
A: Yes. It has been medically and neurologically established as a specific brain “condition” that involves lower levels of the neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin or norepinephrine which regulate the brain’s ability to inhibit behavior. The most straightforward definition of ADHD is an inability to inhibit behavior.
Q: Do some people fake having ADHD to get out of taking responsibility for their behavior, or to obtain drugs?
A: Very few, if any, people fake having ADHD. The consequences of being labeled ADHD are real and the stigma can be debilitating. I have never met anyone who thought faking having ADHD had any advantages that didn’t outweigh the disadvantages. Besides the impossibility of faking a neurological condition you don’t have, most doctors do not prescribe medication without a diagnosis or adequate proof.
Q: Do ADHD children grow into ADHD adults?
A: Yes, and there are a number of factors involved in the degree to which ADHD continues to be a challenge in adolescents and adults.
First, as we grow we learn better coping mechanisms and abilities to regulate our behavior. Second, natural human maturity and socialization cuts down on inappropriate hyperactive responding. Third, the coping mechanisms we learn as children from good providers like ADHD Coaches and therapists/counselors will determine the level of control over our behavior as we age. Fourth, as the pharmaceutical industry continues to come up with better and safer medications, people with this brain type can profit from them.
Q: Is there a cure for ADHD?
A: There is no so-called cure for ADHD. And this is probably a good thing. As I said in my column last month, the truth about ADHD is that it is now and has forever been the brain of innovators. It is responsible for many solutions to world-class problems and innovations in science, medicine, technology and the arts. I don’t believe we really want to eliminate this storehouse of brainpower, do we? The results would surely be far-reaching and tragic.
Q: How successfully can you really expect to gain control over ADHD in your lifetime?
A: This is another good question that depends on the services and help one receives beginning as young as preschool. The earlier a child is identified, the sooner the right kind of support can begin. This support can take the form of classroom modifications, teacher training, ADHD coaching to help the child understand and appreciate their brain and how to manage it, therapy or counseling, and other support services offered in most academic environments today.
The worst thing a parent or a school can do is to pretend ADHD is not present when it is. These children often grow up facing a lifetime of being emotionally handicapped and stuck with debilitating performance anxiety. Teenagers and adults will profit greatly from ADHD coaching, medication, and if needed, therapy or counseling.
I have participated in and witnessed hundreds of success stories of people who learned to gain control over their Innovator Brains (ADHD) through practicing new chosen behaviors until they became a predictable part of their life. I share these stories and success formula in my upcoming book: Your Innovator Brain – The Truth About ADHD. Look for it in Spring 2016.
Carol Gignoux is a coach, trainer and motivational expert in the world of achievement and productivity with a 40-year background in educating and training people of all ages. She is well established as an expert in ADHD Coaching with more than 16 years of experience. For the past decade she has engaged in extensive research and developed powerful insights into how dynamic relationships between individual people and their organizational environments are created. Contact her at 706-955-9063 or carol@liveADHDfree.com.