Attention Deficit Disorder & Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (commonly referred to as ADD/ADHD) consists of a behavior pattern of inattentiveness or impulsivity that interferes with functioning. The diagnosis of ADD/ADHD seems to become more difficult with every passing year. The number of diagnosis continues to rise from 7.8% in 2003 to 11% in 2011 while the American Psychiatric Association states in the DSM-5 that only 5% of children have ADHD. The rapid increase of diagnosis along with assumptions made by the DSM-5 makes one question what is happening? Have the criteria been broadened to the point where more people qualify for the diagnosis? Is it over-diagnoses? Or are the rates truly on the rise?
Whether it is a broadening definition, over diagnosis, or a true increase in the rates of individuals with ADD/ADHD the symptoms remain the same. An individual may move about constantly, wander off task, make hasty decisions, lack persistence, or be socially intrusive. They may lack follow through and talk excessively but what makes any of these things not normal behavior? When looking at some of the symptoms it reads like a normal teenager so what is different? The difference is in the extremes of the symptoms and our counselors can help parents differentiate fact from fiction.
Unfortunately, we receive a great number of clients that possess many of the symptoms described above and a majority of them do not have ADD/ADHD. At Penrith Farms we are going to approach the symptoms & not specifically respond to something as if it is ADD/ADHD. In a nutshell, if someone is being socially intrusive they will be told they are being socially intrusive. If they wander off task they will be brought back on task. Our counselors will be able to help any client with the struggles they may be suffering from due to their ADD/ADHD and their medical provider will be able to help them with their medications. We will provide an environment where clients get the support they need to deal with their ADD/ADHD and the guidance to work through the symptoms and side effects that prevent them from transitioning into independence and adulthood.