About

Adult ADD Central provides up-to-date, evidence-based information so adults with ADD can understand the factors that affect mental health and access the resources they need.

Adult ADD Central fills a critical resource gap. While there are countless books, videos and online resources available for adults with ADD and their families, the sheer number of resources can be overwhelming and difficult to navigate. Adult ADD Central brings resources for adults with ADD and the people who care about them together on one website using an ADD-friendly format and design.

Adult ADD Central recognizes that each individual is different. Each person has his or her own unique biological make-up, identity, culture, personal history and lived experience. Adult ADD Central also acknowledges that the brain is infinitely complex, and factors like race, socioeconomic status, and gender affect how mental illness develops, how it is perceived and ultimately treated. Adult ADD Central therefore promotes “thinking outside the box” when it comes to ADD diagnosis and treatment. “Thinking outside the box” means going beyond standard ADD symptom checklists to consider how multiple factors affect one’s mental health, and using this information to try different treatment options.

Adult ADD Central understands that mental health care services in the United States are in a state of crisis. Many people do not have access to mental healthcare at all, and for those who do, they are likely to receiveinside the box” diagnosis and treatment.  Adult ADD Central provides up-to-date research on adult ADD and related physical and mental health conditions, along with information about the many factors that should be considered when seeking professional help for ADD.

Adult ADD Central founder Elizabeth Arend holds degrees from Bryn Mawr College and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She lives in Washington, DC.

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