The professionals who give the lowdown on Attention Deficit Disorder on the documentary, ďADD and Loving It!Ē are not ambiguous. Untreated Attention Deficit Disorder can wreak havoc with your life. But they intersperse the facts with a lively dose of humor, and this humor gives the viewer a sense of hope.
Patrick McKenna, an actor and comedian, works with his director and co-host, Rick Green, to add spice to the subject of ADD. It is important to note that both men are intimately familiar with Attention Deficit Disorder, since they live with and have felt its effects over a lifetime. With commentary from noted experts in the field of diagnosing and treating ADD/ADHD, this documentary serves to provide education with a smile and a laugh.
Although laced with humor the facts about untreated or undiagnosed Attention Deficit Disorder are grim. As a whole the disorder has the capacity to impair a personís life at many levels. Home life, school or work, relationships, and the ability to complete tasks are all subject to the chaos that can be ADD/ADHD. People who have ADD and donít know it or donít treat it are at risk for many things. They are at financial risk, as they forget to pay their bills. Their spending habits are more impulsive, and some have problems with gambling.
People with untreated ADD/ADHD may be impulsive sensation seekers. They are more likely to take risks. They are prone to have an accident due to impulsivity and inattention. It is estimated by Dr. Annick Vincent that about 50% of substance abusers have ADHD. William Pelham suggests that people with ADD/ADHD are at a higher risk for delinquency and not finishing high school due to their behaviors. Dr. Edward Hallowell says that the prisons are full of people with untreated ADD/ADHD. As parents, we want the best for our families. How can we stop this chaos?
Education and treatment are the keys. Treatment doesnít just mean medication, although finding the right medication at the right dosage does make learning easier. Along with the medication, a coach is a useful tool. People with ADD/ADHD can learn coping skills from their coach. The effective coach isnít going to try to change the person with ADD/ADHD into some kind of a robotic human. They are going to help the person learn to make conscious choices. The good coach will lead the pupil through a sequenced group of changes to help the person make better decisions and take charge of his life. Done through specific and explicit instructions, this will make him more functional in his daily routine.
These experts, while using humor to help us connect to the subject of Attention Deficit Disorder, did not try to sugar-coat the life experience of a person with ADD/ADHD. It can make you feel left out and incompetent as a child. The childís school and home life can be filled with misery. As an adult, you achieve less with untreated ADD/ADHD, and you earn less money. Relationships can suffer. You can turn this around. Life does not have to be filled with chaos and strife. Get a diagnosis and effective treatment. This includes a lot of hard work. However, if you get a diagnosis, educate yourself, and get effective treatment, life can get better. It can be exceedingly sweet!
This documentary is highly recommended based on the information it presents in an amusing format.
I watched this documentary on television and I was not paid for this review.
If you want to know more about ADD/ADHD this is the DVD for you! Shown before on PBS, this DVD combines humor and information to give a good picture of what Attention Deficit Disorder is like. An Amazon link is below.
ADD & Loving It?!