The minute I was diagnosed with ADHD, I went on a learning curve and a reading binge. One of the first books I read was Healing ADD – The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the 6 Types of ADD by Daniel G. Amen.
I’ll be honest, it wasn’t my favorite book in my growing list of ADHD tomes. I wasn’t sure I bought all this “brain scan” stuff; I didn’t like having to factor in yet one more definition of ADHD (I didn’t find other clinicians suggesting there are six distinct types of ADHD*); back to the library the book went.
Then, as now, finding agreement on the definition of ADHD is a difficult task. I suppose it follows that many paths are taken to diagnosis as well.
After researching and writing about ADHD for nearly a decade, including countless interviews with ADHD adults, clinicians, and practitioners of various stripes, still my curiosity about Amen’s work, especially his methods of diagnosis, remained a mystery.
Enter Shawn Ladd, intrepid ADHD adult with an insatiable thirst for knowledge. I’d been introduced to Shawn through a mutual ADHD friend and had interviewed him for ADDitude Magazine’s (Summer 2014) annual profile feature of successful adults with ADHD.
Ladd instantly struck me as highly intelligent, funny, accomplished, and to be frank, slightly intimidating. He’d done it all: traveled the world; held high-powered professional positions; excelled at improv comedy; and managed his ADHD.
Naturally, I was excited when Shawn shared that he’d be venturing to an Amen Clinic near his home in Seattle, Washington for further insight into his diagnosis and possible tweaking of his treatment.
He’d be the guinea pig who’d provide a window into the Amen Clinics experience.
I trusted Shawn’s judgment; was curious to hear his first-hand account; and grateful that he’d be the guinea pig who’d provide a window into the Amen Clinics experience.
I asked Shawn if he’d be willing to write about his visit to the clinic and I’m delighted to say he agreed. For the next two days, join me as we hear about Shawn’s adventures having his brain scanned (I mean, honestly, how many of us have heard throughout our lives, “You should have your head examined?” And how many of us have actually gone ahead and done it? I know, eh?)
Stay tuned, folks, for Shawn Ladd‘s Excellent Amen Clinics Adventure – starting tomorrow.
* Apparently, with the revised edition of Healing ADD, Dr. Amen has discovered yet one more type of ADD, for a total of seven. Oh joy.