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Joseph, a 36 year old married father of 3 presented to my office. “I’ve always been a bit easy to distract but recently, my inability to follow through on work assignments has become a real problem.” Joe continued to explain how he’s been quite successful in his career and about 2 years ago started his own company. He’s highly motivated to be successful but over the past 6 months or so, he’s struggled to organize his time, has forgotten several important events that he was supposed to attend with his kids and finds himself frequently interrupting his wife or asking her to repeat herself when she’s talking to him. His sleep has been increasingly disrupted and he often lies in bed worrying about everything he needs to do or worrying that he’s forgotten to do something important that day.

Upon further exploration, I discover that although Joseph is clearly very intelligent, he struggled to complete high school and eventually dropped out and got his GED. He attempted to complete college courses at a local community college on several occasions in his early 20’s but each time struggled to keep up with the course work and would eventually drop the class. He started working for a small company and quickly moved through the ranks to become the lead manager. A few years later, he left to start his own company. He works long hours, is very good at managing others and has built a successful business. However, last year, his mother, whom he was very close with, got sick and after an intense few months of illness, passed away. Shortly after her death, his wife was diagnosed with Lupus and their youngest child was diagnosed with a learning disorder.

It is very common for adults with undiagnosed ADD / ADHD to present to my office during a time of high stress. External and internal stressors can render all of the coping mechanisms a person has developed over their lifetime largely ineffective. Joe’s external stressors had led him into a season of poor sleep, excessive worry, decreased focus and difficulty with concentration. His listening skills were suffering and his tendency to impulsively interrupt others, which he normally controlled very well, was starting to become a serious problem. Careful review of Joseph’s past, all the way back to elementary school, showed a clear pattern of personal struggle with focus, concentration and impulsivity.

Joseph was diagnosed with adult ADD / ADHD and started on medication to help improve his focus and concentration while decreasing his impulsivity and tendency to interrupt. Two weeks later, Joe presented to my office again and reported he was sleeping better, feeling less anxious about his company and was finishing work projects on time for the first time in months. In another 3 months, with continued treatment, Joseph reported that his business had experienced 20% growth and a significant increase in revenue. His wife was managing her Lupus well, their youngest child had started tutoring and was improving in school. He felt more in control of his life, his business and his relationships.

Self-Test For ADD/ADHD

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Do you often have trouble finishing a task or project once you’ve started it?

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Do you often feel like you are driven by a motor or that you have an excessive amount of energy?

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Are you often distracted by external stimuli, like something in your environment or unrelated thoughts?

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Do you often have trouble listening to someone, even when they are speaking directly to you, or find yourself frequently interrupting others?

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Do you often fail to pay close attention to details, or make careless mistakes in things such as schoolwork, at work, or during other activities?

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Do you often forget to do something routine, such as missing an appointment or paying a bill?

If you answered YES to 4 or more of these questions, you should speak with a professional about the possibility of having ADD/ADHD.

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What WellPsyche Patients Are Saying

“Since starting treatment for ADD, my life has improved in so many ways. I’m more confident and I’ve gotten two promotions at work. I wish I had done this years ago.”

Lynn, age 48

“I’ve always had a hard time falling asleep at night. I would stay up way too late getting things done that I didn’t do earlier in the day. I always just said I was a ‘night owl’ but it really started to be a problem after the birth of my first child. I was falling behind in my household tasks and it was making me irritable and short with my husband and friends. I’m so glad I took the steps to getting help. I had no idea I had ADD. It was a huge shock to me but I’ve felt so much better since starting medication. It really has changed my life.”

Erica, age 32

“I took Ritalin as a kid and remember hating it. But when I started my own company and life got crazy, I knew I needed to talk to someone. Taking medication as an adult for ADHD has been a totally different and pleasant experience. I really think it saved my business and maybe my marriage too.”

Joseph, age 37

Did You Know?

MANY famous and highly successful people have been diagnosed with ADD / ADHD including, pop star Justin Bieber; Olympic Gold medalist and swimmer Michael Phelps; James Carville, American political commentator and media personality; Simone Biles, American Olympic Gymnast and Gold Medalist; American Socialite and business woman Paris Hilton; and NLF player, Virgil Green, just to name a few.

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