“The longer the ADHD goes untreated, the higher the likelihood of additional conditions such as anxiety and depression.”
Additional Benefits to Managing ADHD
Dr. Ned Hallowell likes to note that while parents and adults give a good deal of thought to the possible side effects of medication to help manage ADHD, they often don’t consider the side effects of not managing ADHD. And they should. Because the effects of living with unmanaged or undermanaged ADHD are very well researched and documented and can be summed up as ‘difficulties in all areas of one’s life’ by adulthood.
Barkley points out another side effect – the accumulating effect with living with ADHD that lead to high levels of anxiety, depression, addiction and other potentially life-threatening issues.
Getting a diagnosis of ADHD is good news – it puts you on a path known to help better manage ADHD in all of the ways that it impacts you. And, if you have children with ADHD, give them every opportunity to learn the skills they need so that ADHD doesn’t end up running the show. What research suggests so far is that low doses of medication (when appropriate), combined with solid behavioral therapy to learn strategies that help, and parental coaching (to learn how to parent kids with ADHD emotional issues and reward-focused brains) is the best combination.
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