The Costs of ADD – Video
If anyone still thinks ADHD is a gift direct them to this video. The costs of ADHD are well documented in hundreds of studies. ADHD, when it’s undiagnosed and untreated, will sabotage you. When it is severe enough, it will destroy your finances, your career, your relationships, your family, and your self-esteem. It puts you at a much higher risk for everything from bicycle accidents and car crashes to STD’s, bankruptcies, and divorce.
Patrick McKenna: What are some of the costs of ADD?
Dr Laurence Jerome: What a typical adult will tell is they can read the words but they don’t understand the words. They don’t get under the skin of the text.
PATRICK MCKENNA: No, there wasn’t — there was no sense that you were a failure or a success, other than you were… you were stupid is one way that they simply labeled you as. You were lazy. You didn’t apply yourself. You were always distracted by talking to other people. If you didn’t talk to other people so much, maybe you could get your work done.
There was always a reason it was always my fault that I wasn’t succeeding. So, again, no matter how hard you worked, no matter what at the end of the day it was going to be my fault
Dr Stan Kutcher: So the youngster grows up with sort of a negative input. It’s not uncommon that one to be dysphoric or unhappy getting negative input all the time. I would be that way, you would be that’s not depression.
Dr Annick Vincent: When you grow up with ADHD, let’s say you’re a teenager, all those things sticks with you. Then you are — you have an increase risk of substance use and substance abuse, increase risk of tobacco use.
Dr Sam Chang: The studies have shown approximately 50% of substance abusing adolescence have ADHD.
Dr Muggli: You lose contact with friends, you become more isolated, you have less feeling for society and societal norms because, you know, what you were taught as a kid for discipline was hitting you or criticizing you.
And then I think you can slip through the cracks, the ADHD person can slip through the cracks and, you know, end up in the prison population. So being connected is a very important thing, especially for people who have ADHD.
William E. Pelham Jr. Ph. D: ADHD kids in the absence of treatment don’t have particularly good outcomes. The parents will often say “Oh?” “What are the outcomes?” I actually do talk about the risk for having problems with delinquency, the risks for having difficulties in school, as the child gets older. The risk for not finishing high school, the risk for not getting the kind of job that they could get otherwise.
Patrick McKenna: So I was to blame for all of that. And blame and shame, you know, they rhyme for a reason. There’s a lot of things you carry as kids.
Miglena Grigorova: Unless you can get to the parents then he cant get any help until he’s an adult, and then he can hopefully save himself if its not to late. It’s the severe cases of adhd that are sometimes very difficult to treat because of the resistant parent.
Dr Annick Vincent: So higher marital dysfunction, higher divorce rate. The impulsive spending and the fact that you forget to pay your bill increases your financial difficulties also.
Dr Muggli: They’re frozen. They can’t do anything. They’re just existing almost, you know. They’re just in their house, you know, in the clutter, not getting things done. You know, their relationships are faltering. They’re disconnected from people.
DR. VINCENT: So I don’t want to say that everyone who has ADHD will go through all that for sure, but it increases the risk.
Dr Stan Kutcher: When you treat the adhd symptoms the input gets better and that dysphoria goes away. Cross sectionally that could be called depression with adhd. So we have these artifactual issues that come up that can be really problematic. So the clinician has to be exceedingly careful.
DR. VINCENT: So I don’t want to say that everyone who has ADHD will go through all that for sure, but it increases the risk. So this is why as clinician we think it’s really important to detect ADHD early and treat ADHD early. And treatment includes educating what it is having ADHD, how to cope with the symptoms, and if you need medication, what would be the best medication for you.
William E. Pelham Jr. Ph. D: I say to parents, “What is your goal for your child?” The parents always say, “to help him get better now.” And it’s “to make him be whatever he could be.” I’ll say, “well with effective intervention, he can be that, but you got to start now and you got to work really hard and you have to keep in mind that it’s not an 8-week program, it’s not a 16-week program it’s a life program. We’re going to teach you skills that you can use to help your child. We’re going to teach his or her teacher skills that the teacher can use to help the child and we’re going to teach your child skills and help them get along with other children. Its learning those skills and applying them over a long period of time that’s going to help your child.