It’s important to know that only 4.5 percent of adults actually do have ADHD! That is a much smaller percentage than most people guess, because people who simply have a few ADHD traits do not qualify for this diagnosis.
ADHD is not about feeling occasionally restless or forgetful or fidgety. These are things that all of us can experience at one time or another. People who have been properly diagnosed with ADHD experience these traits almost constantly and at a level of intensity and impairment that has a profound impact on several areas of their lives.
Over 80 percent of adults who do have diagnosable ADHD do not know they have it. Some have managed to work out strategies for dealing with it and haven’t felt the need for diagnosis or medication. Some may self-medicate with any number of stimulating things from thrilling sports activities, to drugs and alcohol, to creating crises in their lives.
Many with undiagnosed ADHD have found it hard to experience success in many areas of their lives. Those people often blame themselves, not understanding that their particular brain wiring happens to not fit well into society’s typical expectations.
So if you find yourself wondering, “Do I have ADHD?” you might want to start by learning a little more about ADHD. Misinformation about ADHD abounds, so finding reliable sources of information is critical. One good guide to reliable sources of information is the resource page of our website.
Another step toward answering the question, “Do I have ADHD?” can be trying an online screening tool such as one offered by the World Health Organization and others. That can be found here.
Proper, official diagnosing of ADHD is not a simple process. There is no blood test or brain scan that will give a definitive answer. If you want to pursue a diagnosis, find a doctor with some expertise. ADHD is barely touched on at most medical schools, so you may have to ask a lot of questions to determine if a doctor is knowledgeable. This article may help you find a qualified professional.
ADHD Coaching can be a great source of support and learning, not only for people who have been diagnosed with ADHD but also for anyone who wants help with ADHD-type challenges. Just as with doctors, find a coach with specialized training.
Credentials to Look For in an ADHD CoachADHD Coaching is a specialization of life coaching. While anyone can call him/herself an ADHD coach, or a life coach for that matter, it is important to find a coach who has been trained in the specialty of ADHD coaching.
Start by checking out where the coach received his or her training. The ADD Coach Academy is the first and only comprehensive ADHD coach training program fully accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF), the governing body for the entire coaching profession; the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE); and the Professional Association of ADHD Coaches (PAAC). I would recommend that you find a coach who has been accredited by both ICF and PAAC.
Then take advantage of the initial brief session that most coaches offer to see how you think you might work together.
At Free to Be ADHD Coaching, We Are Here to Help
Neil and Linda Swanson of Free To Be Coaching, LLC, have been accredited by both ICF and PAAC and are graduates of the advanced training program of the ADD Coach Academy.
We coach in person in Warrenton and Centreville, Virginia. We also coach by Skype, FaceTime, or phone. We work with individuals from around the world who speak English.
In addition to our training, we both have decades of life experience with ADHD (our bios and some testimonials can be found on our website – freetobecoaching.com).
Contact us through the contact form at freetobecoaching.com to schedule a free exploratory session. We work individually with clients, so let us know which of us you prefer to speak with. We look forward to hearing from you!