Using the environment to treat ADHD.

Russell Barkley has said that ADHD is more of an ‘intention disorder’ than an inattention disorder.  People with ADHD know what is required of them and have every intention to activate and sustain themselves, but they struggle to convert intentions into actions. What I think he was speaking to, in part, is that often people with ADHD concentrate well if they are engaged in something they are enjoying, are good at or are interested in. In fact, some people can ‘hyper-focus’. Taking time to learn about ADHD, about personal strengths and areas of difficulty offers an opportunity to develop in difficult areas, but arguably more importantly, to channel oneself into areas of strength. People with ADHD will find it much easier to study topics they are interested in and will prosper in an employment that lights them up.

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