The House We Build for ADHD

Mark Bertin, M.D., provides a blueprint for long-term, successful ADHD care.

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You’re building a home and a family—one with ADHD in the mix. The sheer volume of information and misinformation about ADHD can compromise your designs and make your house seem built of straw more than bricks. But it needn’t be this way. Reinforce the foundation of evidence-based care, build upwards to address the rest of ADHD, and your home can be as solid as every other one on the block.

ADHD Care from the Ground Up

ADHD is a common disorder of child development that influences self-regulation and self-management, not just attention and activity level. Seen from this perspective, it’s understandable why ADHD potentially affects all of life. It has been linked to everything from behavioral and academic concerns, to difficulty with sleep, eating, and as children grow older, substance abuse and even auto accidents. Yet while those perils are real, when ADHD is addressed fully, everything changes.

A successful blueprint for managing ADHD has two levels. As with construction, ADHD care starts from a strong base on which to build. This solid foundation integrates everything research suggests works for ADHD management into practical, real-life decision making. From there, move beyond crisis management into proactive “well care” for ADHD, more…