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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources: ADD/ADHD

Strive to be someone who doesn't do or say things that make other people uncomfortable.

CHADD

Not just one thing, it is a mixture.

Where are you on a scale from 1 (rarely)  to 10 (always) for these attributes?

Inattentive - difficulty staying engaged with boring tasks;
difficulty with planning / organizing / follow-through

Hyperactivity - excessive energy (physical and mental)

Impulsivity - acting before thinking about consequences

MedlinePlus: ADHD Overview

There is no specific ADHD test. Screening usually involves several steps, including:

  • A physical exam to find out if a different type of disorder is causing symptoms.
  • An interview. You or your child will be asked about behavior and activity level.

The following tests are designed specifically for children:

  • Interviews or questionnaires with people who interact regularly with your child. These may include family members, teachers, coaches, and babysitters.
  • Behavioral tests. These are written tests designed to measure a child's behavior compared with the behavior of other children the same age.
  • Psychological tests. These tests measure thinking and intelligence.

National Institute of Mental Health

EXCERPT: Therapy and medication are the most effective treatments for ADHD. Other strategies may help manage symptoms:

  • Eat, exercise, and sleep regularly. Turn off screens at least 1 hour before bedtime; get 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night.
  • Prioritize time-sensitive tasks and write down everything: assignments, messages, appointments, and important thoughts.
  • Connect with supportive people, (avoid people who are not willing to understand that ADHD is a real thing.)
  • Take medications as directed, and avoid use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.
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