Are you looking beyond the labels? Looking for answers on complex questions related to Adult ADHD?
Having ADHD in the 21st Century means we enjoy a burgeoning body of knowledge—with plenty of access to it.
From books to blogs, videos to podcasts, there’s something for every learning style. Perhaps no one has made information available through more media types than Dr. Charles Parker.
Here are some of my top picks from Dr. Parker’s YouTube Channel, with captions below each.
Why So Many Problems with Medication?
Why do so many people with ADHD experience problems with medication? One reason is not establishing targets before treating them.
But there’s more to it.
ADHD Subset #1: “Acting Without Thinking”
Many people think that impulsivity/hyperactivity is the only ADHD diagnosis and if the person is suffering from that, that’s a clear indication for medication.
But impulsivity/hyperactivity represents only about 20% of the presenting issues.
Moreover, it’s important to recognize that ADHD is a contextual challenge. When structure is good and variables are predictable, performance is better than when structure is poor and variables are unpredictable (think a structured workplace vs. home — just one of the reasons some people with ADHD become workaholics).
In other words, just because you can focus on a video game doesn’t mean you don’t have ADHD.
ADHD Subset #2: “Thinking without Acting”
This can look like OCD if you don’t know what’s underlying this outer appearance. This is cognitive anxiety, not affective anxiety (thinking anxiety vs. feeling anxiety).
You might not “feel” anxious but you might be overwhelmed with thinking. (This is often misdiagnosed as bi-polar disorder.)
These folks might abhor therapy because they’re asked to think even more. (No more questions! I don’t need more to think about; my head is already about to explode!)
ADHD Subset #3: “I’m not going to think or act; please go away.”
Key concepts about Avoidance of:
- Close relationships
- People in general (Looks like “social anxiety disorder” but the core issues are inattention and distractibility),
- Projects (too many unpredictable variables and lack of structure)