It is amazing what 20 or 30 years can do! When I was a kid ADD ADHD was relatively unknown to the common populace. There is an ever growing awareness of ADD ADHD and studies are finding many children and adults are going undiagnosed. What was once considered a myth or a popular ‘made up’ illness is finally becoming recognized and understood and therefore we have an ever growing body of help being created. Thank goodness! The number 1 benefit for Adders is to learn as much as you can about ADD ADHD—the more you know, the better you can find solutions. Understanding not only leads to solutions, but more importantly: Optimism! An optimistic Adder has great mental resources at his or her disposal and can become great benefactors to self and society!
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and the American Psychological Association (APA) have created and made available online a new 27-page guide to assist parents in understanding ADD ADHD — along with a very informative video. The guide is very helpful to parents, teachers, and clinicians, adults with ADD ADHD and just about anyone who wants to learn more and have better understanding of the condition ADD ADHD. I am very impressed and I think it is a testament to the need for such information on a wide scale that the AACAP and APA have made this informatively helpful guide available for free! What I find very useful is that the guide provides good, basic information for parents about finding proper care for their ADD ADHD child.
The AACAP – APA ADHD Guide can be found here (be sure to watch the video):
ADHD – A Guide for Families Developed by the AACAP