Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is something most psychologists see in their practices on a regular basis.
Janine Hubbard, president of the Association of Psychology Newfoundland and Labrador (APNL), says she is seeing more cases of adult ADHD every day.
“For the most part, it’s parents who are coming in to get an assessment for their child,” said Hubbard. “We know there is a strong genetic component.”
Hubbard says many people in their 30s and 40s have been living with ADHD for their whole lives without realizing it.
“Often times the parents have mixed feelings,” Hubbard said. “Many are relieved to finally have an explanation to what’s been going on in their lives, but others are frustrated about missed potential.”
Hubbard says the positive side is that parents are able to realize the diagnosis for their child is not the end of the world.
“I’ve had many parents who say that they’ve done well for themselves not even knowing they had ADHD,” Hubbard said. “Now they know their kids will be just as successful.”
Treatments for childhood and adult ADHD also differ. Hubbard says assistive technology can be helpful for adults looking for treatment.
“As opposed to having a teacher or someone on top of them telling them to stay organized, it’s beneficial to make use of assistive technology,” she said.
Last week, the APNL held a forum to inform the public about childhood and adult ADHD.
“Our goal is to increase awareness and information, resources, reputable books and websites to seek out more information,” Hubbard said. “If this is something they think needs to be addressed, we want them to know how they can access a psychologist here in Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Hubbard says the forum was a huge success, and another session is being planned.