Welcome! This is my first blog entry for a new blog on adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). I write this blog as a person with ADHD, as a parent of a teen-aged son with ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder and depression and as an Internal Medicine physician who treats and counsels adults with ADHD. Although there are many blogs addressing ADHD, most of them are written by lay people who may or may not live with ADHD, may not be raising children with this condition and who are not treating patients. In my blog I will review current scientific developments on ADHD and report other useful information that I gain from my own personal experience and from my patients, colleagues and attendees of my monthly adult ADHD support group meetings that I will tell you more about below. But first I would like to share a little bit about myself.
As is typical, I was diagnosed with ADHD in my early 40ʼs shortly after my son who was seven at the time, was diagnosed with ADHD. I couldnʼt believe that I had gone through medical school and Internal Medicine/Primary Care Residency training without a notion of adult ADHD (ADHD was originally believed to be mainly a pediatric condition). I learned more about ADHD and its highly genetic transmissibility. I became aware that my life long struggles were also ones he was beginning to experience. And so began my journey thanks to my son, that leads me here today writing this blog. I'll share my thoughts on various aspects of life with ADHD through personal as well as professional insights.
Besides telling you about myself in this first post, I would also like to tell you about ADHD support groups. Support groups can be very useful for adults with ADHD; one does not feel so alone when meeting others struggling with many of the same issues. Attendees can learn from each other and be a source of information for local resources to other members of the group. My support group is run under the auspices of our local Seattle CHADD chapter. CHADD stands for CHildren and adults with Attention Deficit Disorder. CHADD is a national organization providing education, advocacy and support for those with ADHD. The Seattle chapter falls under the Northwest Chapter of CHADD. CHADD has other local support groups that you can learn about by by visiting the Northwest Chapter website. ADD Resources is another organization located in Tacoma, WA and has local support groups for both parents of children with ADHD and adults with ADHD. Anyone is free to join my support group which meets the first Monday of every month at 6 PM on the second floor of Seattle Healing Arts (map/directions), which is where my practice is located. There is no charge for attending the group and sessions last for about an hour. Snacks and beverages are welcome. Next meeting is on June 6th; discussion to include the impact of ADHD in the workplace and on friendships. Dr. Wendy Woodard Psy.D.,ABDA will be co-moderating with me.
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