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John Norton Counseling

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ADHD Questions

If your child is already getting help but not improving enough - then maybe it is time to get help from someone who is ADHD & who gets it. 
  1. Do ADD/ADHD children outgrow it when they reach puberty?
    In about 25% of the cases 80% of the hyperactivity goes away - but not the inattention - which is for life.
  2. Isn't ADD/ADHD due to bad parenting?
    No - children are born with it - have it at birth and it never goes away.
  3. If a child is on ADHD medication - will he more likely use alcohol - nicotine - caffine or street drugs as a teenager?
    Rarely - it is the reverse - non-medicated ADHD teens & adults are 75% likely to have addictive behaviors by self-medicating. - such as nicotene - alchohol - caffine - street
  4. Is there just one medication for ADHD children?
    No - there are several that help depending on the child.
  5. What about natural supplements?
    There have been some positive results with certain ones.
  6. What about NO MEDS?
    The parents' choice - some children who have strong support can learn to self-control with biofeedback training - but the brain is still hyperactive.
  7. What about psychophysiological feedback - biofeedback?
    Yes - it shows great promise in teaching self-control & learning how to be "Mr. Calm" (the ability to calm the brain which helps the hyperactivity in the brain)
  8. What about helping parents learn how to coach their child.
    Individual therapy alone just does not work - but with family therapy - I teach the parents how to help their child - what they can do to be part of the solution.
  1. Are all ADHD children hyperactive?
    No - all ADHD children have hyperactive brains and the other symptoms without having hyperactive behavior - boys tend to be more hyperactive.
  2. Is it possible that ADHD children have co-existing problems?
    40-65% have Oppositional Defiant Disorder - 25-45% Conduct Disorder - 30-35% LD - 34% Anxiety Disrorders - 15-27% Depression and mood swings with many having a degree of Asperger's Disorder - not connecting - lacking empathy.
  3. What about adults - can they have ADHD?
    Yes - if you are born with ADHD - you may outgrow most of the hyperactivity behavior - but never outgrow the hyperactive brain. Many undiagnosed adults self-medicate with nicotine - alcohol - street drugs and caffine to help them cope.
  4. Can ADHD adults be helped?
    YES - if the person really wants help & ready to make to make some changes.
  5. Aren't we over-diagnosing ADHD?
    Only 1 out of 4 are ADHD are being diagnosed - others self-medicate.
  6. Are there other signs of ADHD?
    6-35% delay in talking - 10-54% have speech problems such as stutterng - 46% accident prone - 39% night walking - 50% social relationship problems.
It is not easy finding a therapist who understands ADHD 
Children or adults who are ADHD. Sometimes it just takes one to know one. That just might be why I have been so successful in helping families  with ADHD children and adults with ADHD.There is help without medication but if your child is already on medication and not improving enough - then maybe it is time to get help from someone who is ADHD - who gets it & can help. Individual therapy alone just does not work but family therapy teaches the parents how to help their child - to work with their child and biological feedback teaches the person how to self-control the brain & their behavior.  
What will your child be like if you don't get help?

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1. Often has difficulty self-controlling.
2. Often aces impulsively without thinking.
3. Difficulty staying focused - easily distracted.
4. Short attention-span - difficulty paying attention.
5. Often appears to NOT listen when spoken to.
6. Often easily distracted by noisesor other activities.
7. Often blurts outanswers before questions completed.
8. Often has difficulty playing quietly.
9. Problems controlling temper - outburst of anger.
10. Often talks excessively - "motor mouth."
11. Often figets -squirms - can't sit still.
12. Often "on the go - driven by a motor."
13. Often "forgets" - loses things.
14. Difficulty staying on task or completing task.
15. Often difficulty waiting turn.
16. Interrupts and intrudes without regard for others.
17. Often avoids homework - schoolwork - chores.
18. Often procrastinates - puts things off.
19. "Spaces out - in a daze - tunes out" - daydreams.
20. Often "knock-knock lights on - no one home."
21. Often complains of boredom.
22. No internal concept of time.
23. Low frustration tolerance.
24. Oversensitive to rejection.
25. Often shifts moods suddenly and unexpectedly.
26. Often blames others - not taking responsibility.
27. Often problems going to sleep & staying asleep.
28. Restless sleep.
29. Often finds beng soothed & held difficult.
30. Often accident prone.
31. Often has need for excitment & stimulation.
32. Often argues with adults - parents.
33. Often has to have his/her way.
34. Often lies to "con" others - parents - teachers.
35. Misinterprets comments as negative.
36. Sensitive to noise - light - clothes or touch.
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