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Why An ADHD Diagnosis Is So Important

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common condition that impacts children and adults around the world. Surprisingly, doctors have not been diagnosing it for long, and it can be easily misunderstood. This means that there are children and adults who are living with ADHD, a condition that can greatly influence their lives, that do not know it.  Getting a diagnosis, or having a diagnosis excluded, is an important part of managing ADHD.

In this article, we will address the benefits of an ADHD diagnosis and how it can affect your life.

The Effects of ADHD

ADHD comes with a range of symptoms and people may experience these symptoms differently. While some associated symptoms can be minor inconveniences, others can cause more wide ranging difficulties socially, mentally, and professionally. ADHD is often associated with impulsivity, which can lead to poor decision making. It can also make it difficult to concentrate, making it hard for individuals to pay attention in school or at work.

What happens when ADHD is not treated

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Since an ADHD diagnosis is the only way to gain access to the full range of treatment options, it is important to understand what happens when ADHD is left untreated. Untreated ADHD is associated with many difficulties including substance abuse, gambling addiction, video game addiction, higher divorce rates, difficulty performing in school and work, a higher chance of unemployment, and more. A lot of the time, people who face these struggles do not understand what is happening.  When they receive the diagnosis, it tends to help them understand many of their most difficult challenges.

Creating A Sense of Understanding

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The most important benefit of taking an assessment for ADHD is to gain greater understanding of yourself or your child.  Many people learn that certain problems that they thought they would always have to live with are, in fact, treatable. Once you have a diagnosis, or a diagnosis has been excluded for you, you will be able to work with professionals to determine the right approach for treatment.  Depending on your symptoms, personal preferences, and environmental factors, different forms of treatment might be preferable, including medication, talk therapy, coaching, nutrition, and many other options.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, receiving a diagnosis of ADHD, or finding out that you do not have ADHD, is the start of many positive changes in your or your child’s life. It allows you to create a sense of understanding and allows you to take control of your life.  If you believe you may have ADHD and would like to start creating a plan, you can use our online platform, available 24/7, to receive an evaluation for yourself or your child. Our assessment also includes screening for anxiety and depression, all provided by a doctorate-level psychologist, so that you can begin working on treatment with your doctor immediately.

ADHD Online will be closed on January 16 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday. 

Live support will be unavailable on Monday, January 16. Send us an email or leave a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible when we return on Tuesday, January 17.

Please note that each clinician sets their holiday hours and may be processing your requests during this time or they may be out as well.

As always, you can still take our assessment at anytime online, whenever and wherever is best for you. 

ADHD Online corporate offices will be closed on December 23, 26, and on Monday, January 2 in observance of the holidays.

As always, you can still take our assessment at any time online, whenever and wherever is best for you.

Please note that each clinician sets their holiday hours and may be processing your requests during this time or they may be out as well.

Happy Holidays from the team at ADHD Online!

Our ADHD Online corporate office will be closed Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 so our employees can enjoy this special time with their families. 

As always, you can still take our assessment at any time online, whenever and wherever is best for you.

Please note that each clinician sets their own holiday hours and may be processing your requests during this time or they may be out as well.

We will resume normal business hours Monday, November 28. Thank you for your understanding and patience as our staff enjoys time with family to celebrate the Holiday.

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Assessments

Assessment services are available in all 50 states.

Assessment and Treatment Plan Development & Implementation**

The patient completes our asynchronous assessment and receives the report from a doctorate-level psychologist within 3-5 days.

The patient schedules an initial appointment with one of our providers to develop a treatment plan through a secure virtual appointment.

The patient schedules subsequent follow-up visits with our providers for ADHD medical treatment or behavioral therapy.

**If available in your state

Assessment and
Treatment Plan Development**

The patient completes our asynchronous assessment and receives the report from a doctorate-level psychologist within 3-5 days.

The patient schedules an initial appointment with one of our providers to develop a treatment plan through a secure virtual appointment. We provide you and your patient with a copy of our full report. You take it from there.

**If available in your state

Assessment

The patient completes our asynchronous assessment and receives the report from a doctorate-level psychologist within 3-5 days.

We provide you and your patient with a copy of our full report. You take it from there.

Assessments available in:

All 50 states

Medical Treatment available in:

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*Prescriptions via telemedicine for Schedule II (stimulants) medications are not permitted by state law in South Carolina. Patients can receive prescriptions from our providers for non-stimulant medications. 

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Prescriptions via telemedicine for Schedule II (stimulants) medications are not permitted by state law in South Carolina. Patients can receive prescriptions from our providers for non-stimulant medications.