Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is real. It shows up in the SPECT scan as decreased activity in the pre-frontal cortex. ADHD is the most common neuro-developmental disorder in children. It is more heritable than hair or eye colour and more common than bipolar and schizophrenia combined. 80% of those kids grow up to be adults with ADHD. They are more likely to drop out of school, become parents in their teens, get fired, go bankrupt, fail in relationships and get injured in car accidents. But the greatest injury of all, is the steady decline in self esteem that accompanies repeated failure, despite best effort.
Addiction is the loss of control over use of substances or compulsive behaviours, despite negative consequences. People can be addicted to shopping, video games, crack or cannabis. The neurobiology is the same. The associated carnage is everywhere. It respects no gender, geographic or socio-economic boundaries.
In sum, these two disorders, which commonly co-occur, are responsible for 100s of billions of dollars in costs to people, their families, their employers and the health, education and criminal justice systems. The numbers are incalculable, the suffering immeasurable.
Here at the NorthShore ADHD and Addiction Clinic, we offer comprehensive assessment, integrated treatment, monitoring, support and advocacy. Out goal is to marshall resources to help you reach your full potential in life. Nothing less will do.