We all know a lot more about ADHD now than we did when we opened Springboard Clinic 5 years ago. It is safe to say that we are on the right track of dispelling the harmful myths that have clouded successful treatment for decades.
The science is there to explain it through neuro-imaging, the case studies are there to demonstrate the pervasiveness of the diagnosis, and most importantly, the successful treatment data is there to help individuals thrive and move forward.
I am starting to hear comments like “you know ADHD isn’t just about not being able to focus, it’s about an inability to regulate focus” in water cooler and school yard conversations. We are all starting to get it. ADHD isn’t just about meeting DSM-criteria with certain symptoms of hyperactivity or inattention. It’s about having a neurotransmitter difference in your pre-frontal cortex and the more an individual understands their brain, the more they are able to use healthy coping mechanisms and maximize on their strengths/gifts.
As everyone knows, there is a huge push to reduce stigmatization of mental health. 15 years ago, If you were clinically depressed, you were likely to hear “what’s your problem, just get out of bed”. We all understand that better now, and I’m so grateful for websites like totallyadd.com and campaigns such as Bell: Let’s Talk (January 28).
ADHD is real. It’s not a choice. And it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. A lot of times, it is just the opposite: an opportunity to do something impactful, outside of the box and big. With the right help, and the right lens, it’s all about moving forward.
Want to join this dialogue? Springboard clinic is hosting a TED-style talk on February 5th, come join a community that believes in evidenced based research, and matches it with a set of hopeful and innovative messages.
For more information, call Laura MacNiven or Dr. Ainslie Gray at 416- 901-3077 or register online at http://www.springboardclinic.com/events.html