Saturday, January 28, 2012

Russell Barkley explains ADHD



This is a collection of clips, with subtitles in Norwegian, where Russell Barkley speaks about the motivation, emotion, behavior, hyperactivity, attention, accountability and focus aspects of ADD/ADHD. Barkley recounts the latest research in the field, and this video can be a good tool for explaining the disorder to parents, teachers and even physicians and therapists.

Misinformation about this disorder is extremely widespread, even in the medical community, and ADD/ADHD sufferers are often misdiagnosed with other disorders, such as personality disorder or depression.

If you're convinced that you're suffering from ADHD, take this screening test: http://www.hcp.med.harvard.edu/ncs/ftpdir/adhd/18%20Question%20ADHD-ASRS-v1-1.pdf

Be completely honest. Give the questions some careful thought. Don't check the "Often" or "Very Often" boxes unless you're confident that you are experiencing these issues more frequently than what's usual among your friends, family, coworkers or classmates. Do not use take test unless you are a legal adult (different diagnostic criteria apply for children and teenagers), and remember that it is only a screening test.

If you test positive, get referred to a professional, but realize that regular therapists or psychiatrists won't do in many cases, since their knowledge is often outdated by decades, and they still see the disorder as an inattention and hyperactivity problem. Just seek out a specialist immediately if possible. Otherwise, prepare to argue with numerous uninformed therapists, who in turn will label you as a difficult patient. Doctors, too, have egos, and they do not like it one bit when patients are better informed than them.



Shortened to just the ADHD part

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