About ADHDBasic Info & Statistics

brainpuzzleADHD is not a new diagnosis. It has been around for over 100 years, but it has been called different things like "minimal brain dysfunction", "hyperkinetic impulsive disorder," and "attention deficit disorder (ADD)." Currently the official recognized term since 1997 is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). However this term did not begin to be used more frequently until 2004. There are still many, including professionals, who use the terms ADD, ADHD and AD/HD interchangeably.  Now there is a trend to use ADD for the type that is inattentive and ADHD for the type that is hyperactive.

 


According to the DSM (the manual used for diagnosing) there are three different types of ADHD:

  1. Predominantly Inattentive Type (some refer to this as ADD)
  2. Predominantly Hyperactive/Impulsive Type (sometimes referred to as ADHD)
  3. Combined Type

The estimated prevalence of ADHD is:

  • 11% in children according to a CDC report
  • 6% in adults

Once considered to be a childhood disorder predominately affecting males, we now know that approximately 60% of children will continue experiencing this condition on into adulthood and that it also affects females.

genetics1ADHD has various causes with differing theories, such as:

    • Genetics
    • Neurobiological challenges in several different areas of the brain, including the pre-frontal cortex
    • Developmental disorder of self-control (Barkley 1995)
    • Brain Insults – head trauma, toxins/chemicals
    • ADHD is NOT caused by sugar intake or poor parenting.
    • Learn More

In Addition:

There are several myths about ADHD that are being dispelled. Learn more
Treatments for ADHD typically involve a multi-modal approach including exercise, therapy, coaching, medication, etc. (ADD LEARN MORE HERE)

Some people with ADHD are successful to a certain point and others suffer devastating failures.

See Below for Significant Impact Related to ADHD

 

firstaideHealthcare System

  • 50% increase in bike accidents1
  • 33% increase in emergency visits2
  • 2-4 times more motor vehicle accidents3,4

 

 

jobsWork/School

  • 46% expelled 5
  • 35% drop out rate 5
  • Lower occupation status 6
  • Increase in parental absenteeism from work 13
  • Lost Work Productivity of 22.1 days annually14



societySociety

  • Substance abuse – 2 x's the riskand Earlier onset 8
  • Less likely to quit in adulthood 9
  • 67% increase in unwanted pregnancy
  • 50% increase in legal challenges

 

 

familyFamily

  • 3-5 times increase in parental divorce or separation 10,11
  • 2-4 times increase in sibling fights 12

 



References

  1. DiScala, et al. 1998
  2. Liebson, etal. 2001
  3. NHTSA, 1997
  4. Barkley, et al. 1993, 1996
  5. Barkley, et al. 1990
  6. Mannuzza, et al. 1997
  7. Biederman, et al. 1997
  8. Pomerleau, et al. 1999
  9. Wilens, et al. 1995
  10. Barkley, et al. 1991
  11. Brown, Pacini. 1989
  12. Mash, Johnston. 1983
  13. Noe, et al. 1999
  14. International Study 2008
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ASN Core Actions & Beliefs

  • Each Client is "Unique" +

    Masterful ADHD coaching and client success depends on providing ADHD coaching services that are very highly individualized based on each clients:

    - Life experience

    - Current situation

    - Values & beliefs

    - Their own flavor of ADHD

    -Their Personality

  • The Client Knows What is Best +

    • We encourage client self-awareness as a tool to promote wisdom and discerning choices

    • Questioning is an important tool to assist the client in self-awareness/decision making at times

    • At other times the client does NOT have the information so we offer it in terms of options, role play, modeling, etc.

    • Some clients choose to take ADD/ADHD medication and some don't. - It is a personal choice

  • Making a Commitment to the Process +

    ADHD Coaching is NOT a cure or a quick-fix. Our ADHD coaching engagements are typically for 6 months to 1 year. We want our clients to walk away with habits, skills and tools that are self-sustaining. They are confident that they know how and will be successful in their endeavors. ADHD coaching is about making an investment in yourself that lasts a lifetime.
  • We Understand +

    We have genuine compassion ... The client with ADHD is both resourceful within themselves and also typically desires assistance with change. We honor and seek to elicit greatness from within the client. When needed we also offer options to promote client growth and development that will work for them "with" their ADHD
  • ADHD is a "Difference" +

    Many people with ADHD believe that they are somehow defective which is far from the truth. It is a "difference" in the way the brain functions and with new skills and growth people with ADHD can and do lead less chaotic and successful lives
  • The Client Comes First - Always! +

    First and foremost, by choosing to always do what is best for the client::

    • There will be enough clients to fill the needs of our coaching practice

    • Therefore, we work in an environment that offers client support within our team when a client need is identified that can be better served by another coach

    • We collaborate within our team to promote the best possible client experience

    • We refer to other professionals as appropriate

    • We charge a fair price and endeavor to assist those with financial challenge as much as possible

    • We don't promote or make claims to provide a "quick fix" or a "cure"

  • Collaborative Communications +

    Excellent communications between the client and ADHD coach are essential to the process. These skills include:

    - Complete honesty and openness

    - Absolute confidentiality

    - Compassionate directness

    - Validation when appropriate (no cheerleading)

    - Accountability

    - Practical & strategic

    - Collaborative approach

  • Team Respect & Collaboration +

    • We support, care for and offer compassion to each other

    • We do not compete with each other

    • We know that we are all precious and mistake-making individuals

    • We communicate clearly and openly with each other

    • We share our knowledge freely

    • We have no hidden agendas

    • We believe that ASN is bigger than any one of us and each support its growth and development for the benefit of our clients with ADHD.

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  • “Whoever undertakes to set himself up as judge in the field of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.”  
    Albert Einstein
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