ADHD Resources

ADHD Resources

Why choose RCBM for ADHD treatment?

For over a decade, the Rochester Center for Behavioral Medicine has offered comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related disorders across the lifespan. Under the leadership of medical director and founder, Joel L. Young, M.D., all RCBM clinicians are highly qualified to deliver the most current and effective treatments for ADHD. Dr. Young is the author of two books on ADHD. He has also been the principal investigator in a number of clinical trials regarding ADHD, and related disorders. Furthermore, Dr. Young, along with our experienced clinical nurse practitioners, work with local medical residents to teach effective diagnosis and treatment interventions for ADHD and related disorders. Dr. Young and RCBM staff understand that ADHD symptoms are more than just a nuisance. These symptoms can negatively impact academic and work performance, romantic and familial relationships, and general psychological well-being. Lack of treatment or ineffective treatment can lead to increased risk of failed relationships, financial difficulties, chemical dependency, accidents and injuries, depression and anxiety, among other mental health disorders.


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Facts About ADHD

 

ADHD Types

  • Inattentive - Symptoms may include: difficulty sustaining attention, forgetfulness, trouble with follow-through, time management, organization or procrastination. Symptoms are longstanding and create distress in more than one realm of the patient’s life. This type is often overlooked because there may not be outwardly visible signs of the patient’s struggle.
  • Hyperactive/Impulsive - Symptoms may include: inability to sit still, being constantly “on the go,” excessive talking, impulsive decision-making, impatience. This type is more commonly seen in young males.
  • Combined - Symptoms of both the Inattentive and Hyperactive/Impulsive types. Combined type is the most commonly seen type of AD/HD in adults.

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Common Misdiagnoses

AD/HD can be difficult to spot at times; particularly when there are other mental health symptoms that are viewed as priority. Careful screening should be undertaken in order to determine the most accurate diagnosis. It is not uncommon for AD/HD patients to have been treated for the following prior to undergoing thorough assessment and treatment for AD/HD:

  • Major Depressive Disorder: It is important to remember that frustration related to longstanding struggles with ADHD does not necessarily mean clinical depression. Patients may present with symptoms of depression but, underlying these mood difficulties can be a history of untreated AD/HD. These untreated symptoms may have led to decreased self-esteem, poor school and work performance, or feelings of inferiority, all of which can create and intensify depressive symptoms. Although this depression is very real, it may be secondary to the AD/HD diagnosis, and may go away once the AD/HD is successfully treated.
  • Bipolar Disorder: The depression that is associated with Bipolar Disorder is commonly seen in individuals with untreated AD/HD (as discussed above). Furthermore, Bipolar mania can be easily confused with symptoms of hyperactive/impulsive AD/HD. Both disorders can be accompanied by racing thoughts, reckless behavior, trouble maintaining relationships and jobs, difficulty sleeping, and mood swings. AD/HD symptoms are chronic, unaccompanied by psychotic features, and do not typically reach the level of severity that manic symptoms can. Although Bipolar Disorder and AD/HD can occur together, sometimes Bipolar Disorder has been incorrectly misdiagnosed.


Career Advice for Finding the Right Work with ADHD
by Edward Hallowell, M.D.
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Career Advice from Powerful ADHD and LD Executives
by Lois Gilman
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‘I Realized Our Marriage Was in Trouble’
How one couple repaired their ADHD marriage with a professional coach. by Maureen Connolly
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Solutions for Intimacy Problems for Adults with ADHD
by Richard B. Austin, Jr., PhD
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ADD and Your Legal Rights
Qualifying for work accommodations, getting a school to adhere to an IEP or 504 Plan, and more By Robert Tudisco
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What You Need to Know About the Americans with Disabilities Act
by ADDitude Editors
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Raising a Child With ADHD
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ADHD Parenting Advice from Michael Phelps’ Mom
by Judy Dutton
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Manage Your Money with Adult ADD!
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Celebrities With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
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Safeguarding Teenage Drivers with ADD
Young motorists with ADD need to be extra careful on the road. Here's how they can drive safely. by Patricia Quinn, M.D.
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Driving With ADD
Driving Safety With ADD: Is Your ADD Teen at Greater Risk? By Keath Low
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