Responses to Frequently Asked Questions

What is ADHD Coaching?

The International Coaching Federation defines coaching as:

“Partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”

ADHD Coaching is NOT therapy, counseling, training, teaching, managing, or consulting. It is also NOT advising, diagnosing, educational counseling or tutoring.

ADHD Coaching provides a supportive a non-judgmental partnership with clients to help them stay focused on their chosen goals and desires—where ADHD often interferes. Coaching also helps in dealing with obstacles, anxiety, distractions, time awareness, organization, self-esteem and lack of planning caused by ADHD.

Is ADHD a Real Disorder?

There is over three decades’ worth of research supporting its diagnosis in adults and children. There is no legitimate debate about whether ADHD really exists or not. Hundreds of ADHD researchers around the world agree that ADHD is a real condition.

What is the Difference Between ADHD and ADD?

ADHD is the official medical abbreviation for Attention Deficit Disorder, whether the individual is hyperactive or not.  All presentations of attention deficit are called ADHD.

Inattentive (often labeled ADD): highlighted by careless mistakes because they have difficulty sustaining attention, following detailed instructions, and organizing tasks and activities. They are forgetful, easily distracted by external stimuli, and often lose things.

Hyperactive (often labeled ADHD): impulsive, prone to fidgeting, squirming, and struggling to stay seated. They often talk excessively, interrupt others, blurt out answers, and struggle with self-control.

How is ADHD Diagnosed

There is no single test to diagnose ADHD. A comprehensive evaluation is necessary to establish a diagnosis, rule out other causes, and determine the presence or absence of co-existing conditions. Clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, nurse practitioners, neurologists, psychiatrists and pediatricians can give a proper diagnosis.

What is the Cause of ADHD?

ADHD is a neurological disorder and research indicates that it may be due to alterations in the way the brain functions. The causes are not entirely known, but studies reveal ADHD is genetic.

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