If you ever see Dr. William Dodson’s name, whether as author of an article (or his upcoming book) or as speaker on a webinar, my recommendation is that you take advantage of whatever is being offered. I find him to be extremely clear and knowledgeable in many aspects of ADHD. He can tell the history of what we’ve known about the condition, how it has been treated for various ages of children and adults, what medications can do, how to handle co-morbid conditions, and much more.

This afternoon I listened to him speaking on an ADDitude webinar. If you can track it down (or an earlier one), I recommend that you do. Click here for ADDitude’s webinar page.

As can happen with many speakers one hears multiple times, there can be material that is repeated. But in the case of Dr. Dodson, I find that (so far at least) I can’t hear the information he shares too many times.

Today he repeated the “formula” that I refer to several times a week for myself or for clients: neurotypicals can become engaged by something because it is important or rewarding or because there will be consequences for not engaging; ADHDers are not engaged by any of those three, but rather are drawn to things that are interesting, challenging, novel, or urgent. Today he said that this is 100 percent sure. He said you won’t find an ADHDer who has been motivated by importance. It just doesn’t happen. Has that been your experience? I wonder if that, in itself, is diagnostic of ADHD.

Today some of the new things I learned were these:

  • the average age of diagnosis for adult ADHD is 36
  • ADHDers have an average IQ of 120+ which is sufficient for PhD work
  • 8.4 percent of adults meet the diagnostic criteria for ADHD
  • there are several times when ADHD is especially likely to be picked up across a lifetime: when a young child is hyperactive; when a child with high but unmet potential is being screened for a learning difficulty; at the start of middle school when there is a heightened need for organizational abilities; at the start of college or independence if internal structures have not been built; and when something good happens, such as a promotion or the birth of a child, when the ADHDer runs out of steam
  • the average family goes through eleven clinicians before finding someone competent to help with their ADHD
  • American physicians diagnose what they know which is depression and anxiety, not ADHD
  • for 43 percent of American physicians, ADHD doesn’t even exist because there is no training about it.

I could go on, but you get the point. There is a lot of richness in what Dr. Dodson has to share with us, so check out his web site here and search out his writings online. You will be richly rewarded!

 

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