Why is this service so important right now?
COVID-19 has put great demands on everyone, from children to adults. Mandates for physical distancing now mean working from home. School closures now mean parents teaching their kids while holding down jobs. Campus shut-downs now mean young adults returning home and learning on-line.
Is adapting to COVID-19 even more difficult with ADD or ADHD?
Yes. This is a stressful time for everyone. To get through it, we need to adapt quickly. But finding ways to function effectively when structures and routines have been stripped away will be even more difficult for those with ADD or ADHD. With any type of Attention Deficit Disorder, working from home will be difficult, on-line learning will be difficult, parenting will be difficult—especially with children and teens who also have challenges coping without school structure.
How can ADD/ADHD treatment be optimized, especially during COVID-19?
In all the upheaval, treating ADD/ADHD effectively is critically important. The gold standard for ADD/ADHD treatment is combined therapy that includes medication; for example, medication plus executive function coaching, or medication plus Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
No matter the combination, medication treatment is an important part of boosting frontal lobe functioning in brains with ADD/ADHD. With the right medication at the right dose, brains with ADD/ADHD can focus more, can persist more, can plan more, and ultimately just do better!
During COVID-19, it’s critical that individuals with ADD/ADHD have access to the right medications at the right dose. Extra support services may be necessary, but optimizing brain function with effective medication treatment is an important foundation for functioning with ADD/ADHD—especially in times of extraordinary stress and demands for flexible problem-solving.