Vancouver Attention Deficit Disorder Awareness Day September 20th; Navigating ADHD Presentation

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The Non profit Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group is sponsoring an event for ADD Awareness day, September 20th, Navigating ADHD. 2 presentations: My Child Has ADHD, Now What? and Adult ADHD - Realities and Roadmaps. Adult ADD is under diagnosed and ignored in BC. There is a 10 month waiting list at the Provincial ADHD Clinic at BC Children’s Hospital for a diagnosis.

September 20th is ADD Awareness day. To mark the event. the Vancouver Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Support Group, http://www.addcoach4u.com/adultadd.html, is hosting a Seminar and Question and Answer Session on Navigating ADHD.

Two local experts in the field will be speaking:

"My Child Has ADHD, Now What?" by Diane Sugars, Executive Director, The Learning Disabilities Association of BC

"Adult ADHD - Realities and Roadmaps" by Pete Quily, Adult ADD Coach.

When: Wednesday September 20th, 2006 6:30-8:30 PM

Where: GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, 4255 Laurel St. (Lecture theatre, 1 block east of Oak St, 1 block south of King Edward Ave) Vancouver, BC.

Cost: Free (donations welcome)

More info at: http://www.addcoach4u.com/addawareness06.html

ADD/ADHD is an inherited neurobiological condition affecting 5 percent of adults (85 percent don’t know they have it) and 8 percent of children.

Adult ADD is under diagnosed and ignored in BC. Professionals say there just aren’t enough resources available for Attention Deficit Disorder

VANCOUVER -- 85 per cent of Adults with ADD don’t even know they suffer from the condition. Those statistics are shocking to professionals who deal daily with the disorder.

Pete Quily, a Vancouver based Adult ADD Coach, helps clients manage their ADD. “I hear from adults almost daily who are looking for a diagnosis and medical treatment for ADD but there just aren’t the resources and funding available.”

Currently, there is a 10 month waiting list at the Provincial ADHD Clinic at BC Children’s Hospital. The clinic has asked for funding to reduce the wait list, but so far nothing has happened.

“It’s appalling in 2006 there isn’t more being done for this recognized, treatable medical condition. I hear from people who are about to lose their relationships, jobs or homes, simply because they haven’t been able to get the diagnosis and treatment they need.”

Quily is calling on the provincial government to step-up and increase funding. He says the key is to diagnose and treat early rather than deal with long term health, social and economic issues.

Statistically, ADD’ers are two to three times more likely to abuse alcohol, tobacco and drugs to self medicate. He says, “ADD’ers also have higher divorce rates, and are more often un or under employed. This is an issue costing the province more money to ignore it than to diagnose and treat it.”

“What’s surprising is many people struggle through life without knowing they have ADD and if they did they could take steps to treat it and make their lives easier. There are simple methods people can take which can alleviate their symptoms,” he says.

According to Quily, “properly treated ADD symptoms can be valuable competitive advantage in the business world.” For an example see Top 10 Advantages of ADD in a High Tech Career

http://www.adultaddstrengths.com/2006/02/09/top-10-advantages-of-add-in-a-high-tech-career/

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