Coral Springs

 

1725 N. University Drive

Suite 350

Coral Springs, FL 33071

Telephone: (954) 227-2700

Fax: (954) 227-2704

Linda Berlin, Psy.D.

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Psychological Associates

Boca Raton

 

7000 W. Palmetto Park Road

Suite 407

Boca Raton, FL 33433

Telephone: (561) 347-0997

Fax: (561) 347-0996

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is ADHD?

A. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurological brain disorder that manifests as a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that is more frequent and severe than is typically observed in individuals at a comparable level of development. ADHD begins in childhood, and, as has only recently been understood, can persist into adulthood as well. While some children outgrow ADHD, about 60% continue to have symptoms into adulthood. The disorder manifests differently in adults as hyperactivity tends to diminish.

Q. What is the difference between ADHD and ADD?

A. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the term used in the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) diagnostic criteria. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) with or without hyperactivity is the older term from the DSM-IIIR.

Q. Is ADHD a genetic disorder?

A. Research repeatedly demonstrates that ADHD runs in families. There are also indications that ADHD that persists into adulthood is more highly genetic than the type that remits in childhood.

Q. How is Adult ADD and ADHD diagnosed?

A. The basis for the adult diagnosis of ADHD is a tool your doctor uses called the DSM-IV-TR. Your physician diagnoses ADHD based on three components:

Q. How many people have ADHD?

A. It is believed that approximately 3%-7% of school-age children, and 4% of adults have ADHD.

Q. Is there a cure for ADHD?

A. Like other chronic disorders, ADHD is not curable. Some patients have success treating their disease, and are able to lead productive adolescent and adult lives. However, approximately 60% of children with ADHD will carry their symptoms into adulthood.

ADHD is treatable. Fortunately, research is progressing on many fronts, making the outlook for people with ADHD much more positive. Progress has been made toward better understanding this illness and its treatment, and scientists are using many approaches to learn more about what causes ADHD. While no single therapy has been devised that "cures" ADHD, many people with ADHD are able to lead more satisfying.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD):

What Every Parent Needs to Know!

By: Rhonda Grunther, MSW

As a parent, you have a very crucial role in your childs overall well-being and development. Whether your child meets his or her potential and whether his self worth and self dignity stays intact is, in great part, up to you . . . the parent.

You are the ones responsible for assisting and guiding your child every day. Teachin your child to successfully manage, organize, and cope with disappointments and frustrations are what parents do for each of their children. But for your child with ADD or ADHD, more is required of you. You must learn as a parent how t teach your child, how to focus on thier strengths, compensate for their weaknesses, and develop self advocacy skills to a greater degree.

As a Parent You Must:

  • Start with the premise that your child will grow into a healthy, successful adult with an intact self concept.

  • Teach your child that they are an individual in their own right and their uniqueness should be valued by others and by themselves.

  • Accept your child's uniqueness.

  • Embrace yoru child's individual needs. *Remember that if your child had poor vision, you would purchase glasses for them, or if they were hearing impaired, you would evaluate thier need for a hearing aide.

  • Do what you must do to insure your child's "survival" in thier home, school, religious, sports and social environments.

  • Learn what strategies and intervenions yoru child requires to "survive." Remember glasses and an hearing aide. You had your child evaluated and obtained what they required to meet their unique and individual needs.

  • Thwart their failures, their frustrations, depression and/or anger by learning what they need to meet with success in all situations.

  • Realize that the school environment is a key component in thier life, from early childhood on, and whether or not they fare well in school will impact them not just today but for all their tomorrows.

  • Be assertive and agressively intervene to make certain your child receives all the interventions, accomodations, and understanding that the child requires in school.Be patient, perservere, and do not accept "no" responses, constant criticisms, and school failures.

  • Know your rights. Know your child's rights on Federal, State and local levels.

  • Be a part of the educational and psychological teams that will support your child daily and clear the obstacles in the child's path that will prevent theirhealth psychosocial and educational well-being, on-going growth, and success in school and in life.

Rhonda Grunther, MSW. She has been a leading special needs advocate in Broward and Palm Beach Counties since 1970. She has helped hundreds of children receive the educational accommodations necessary to lead a healthy and productive life. To learn more about Ms. Grunther click here or she can be reached at (954) 227-2700 or (561) 347-0997.

Read more about our Education and Special Needs services here.

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