The Disturbing Relationship Between Addiction and ADHD

The Disturbing Relationship Between Addiction and ADHD

Click on link above and read on for this informative article regarding adults with ADHD.

by Leah Sottile

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 6.4 million children ages four to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD in the United States—but then those kids grow up, and doctors are realizing that ADHD does not go away with age. Some 4.4 percent of adults in America struggle with ADHD, which, in 2000, was estimated to cost $31.6 billion in healthcare costs and lost work hours.

Hear Us Speak – ADHD Mother and Millennial Son – Thurs, Sept. 3, 2015 7-9 p.m.

Barb & Justin Mather

Barb & Justin Mather

DATE:  Thursday, SEPTEMBER 3, 2015, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

LOCATION: The DEL E. WEBB CENTER FOR HEALTH EDUCATION BLDG, PROVIDENCE LITTLE COMPANY OF MARY HOSPITAL, 4101 Torrance Blvd., Torrance CA.

TOPIC:  A Mother and Son Journey with ADHD: How We Embrace It and the Tools That Work for Us
SPEAKERS: 
Barbara A. Mather, Ph.D. and Justin Mather

OVERVIEW:  Barbara and Justin share their real life experiences living with ADHD. Their presentation begins with Justin’s diagnosis at age 6, which led to Barb’s ADHD diagnosis in her early 40′s. Their journey with ADHD was difficult at times, but they overcame and learned to recognize and celebrate their strengths and talents. Topics will include: How parenting can help and hinder the young child growing up with ADHD; How modern tools and methodologies like the Getting Things Done (GTD) system, can help organize and track tasks to improve the lives of someone living with ADHD; How technology (tools/software/apps) can help with organization, self-awareness and self-discipline; How developing coping skills, discipline and self-advocacy are important to achieve personal growth and success.

Delayed Gratification

Marshmallow Girl

The original marshmallow experiment sought to understand how children develop the ability to delay gratification. To do so, the researchers brought children into a room one by one and tempted them with a five year old’s equivalent of Odysseus’s sirens: a marshmallow. The researcher told the children that they could have the marshmallow now. But if they waited 15 minutes without eating the marshmallow until the adult returned, they would earn a second.