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ADHD in the News – It May Be More than One Disorder

April 29, 2012

There is new research that indicates that ADHD may not be a single disorder with a variety of symptoms, it may be a family of related disorders.  The study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencesfound that when the data from neuropsychological testing is analyzed, those with ADHD can be grouped into smaller subgroups based on their strengths and deficits leading researchers to believe it may not be a single disorder.  For many of us in the ADHD field, this confirms what we have been saying forever, there is no one size fits all solution because it is not a one size fits all condition.

From a treatment standpoint, this is a significant finding because it means we may be able to refine how the different types of ADHD are treated including which types of medication work best for which sub-types.

From an awareness perspective, I think this could be a game changer.  I am hopeful that it will help legitimize the condition which is somehow still subjected to random attacks of “is it a real thing”.  One of the reasons I think this finding could begin to turn that tide is that the basis of many claims that ADHD is not a real neurological difference is that it doesn’t manifest the same way in each person and that the symptoms don’t always manifest the same way in the same person.  By clarifying the sub-types, if they do in fact exist, my hope is that it will also remove the ambiguity that feeds the dissemination of misinformation about the disorder.

From a coaching perspective, this finding validates my approach which is to take each person as an individual and find the right tools, strategies, and techniques for them rather than creating a “coaching program” that I replicate over and over with each client.

I hope this research leads to a better understanding of all the aspects of ADHD and helps us find new and better ways of helping those with ADHD learn to leverage their gifts and mitigate their difficulties to maximize their life.

Turning Leaf Life Coaching offers coaching for ADHD and Life Transitions over the phone and in person throughout NH, ME, MA, and VT.  For more information, go to www.turningleafcoaching.com.

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  1. September 29, 2012 7:44 am

    My latest book releases on Dec 1. Parenting Your Child with ADHD: A No-nonsense Guide for Nurturing Self-reliance and Cooperation (New Harbinger Publications). I would like to appear as a guest on one of your shows to talk about my work. For more information, visit my website at http://www.craigwiener.com. Recently, I appeared on the Peter Breggin Hour (talk radio).
    Craig Wiener Ed.D.
    Licensed Psychologist

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