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October is ADHD Awareness Month

The Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic joins with the ADHD Awareness Coalition to fight misperceptions during ADHD AWARENESS MONTH

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) is one of the most prevalent and misunderstood conditions in the world, according to Sarah D. Wright, ADHD Awareness Month Coalition Chair. "You may not be aware of it, but whether you are affected by it yourself, or someone you love or work with is affected by it, ADD/ADHD has touched your life."

ADHD Awareness Month (October) is an international movement to educate the public and create greater awareness and understanding about ADHD. The Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic will recognize ADHD Awareness Month by joining with millions of adults, families, and children living with ADHD, as well as health care professionals, psychologists, and other leaders, to promote greater awareness about ADHD.

ADHD, a neurodevelopmental disorder, affects millions of Americans regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. Recognized widely by medical organizations as varied as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), ADHD causes significant impairment at work, in school, and throughout the daily lives of those affected by it.

Ruth Hughes, former CEO of CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), referred to current research, saying, "ADHD has many faces. It affects people of all ethnic backgrounds and socioeconomic classes. This is an important month when our community comes together to rally around the cause of ADHD awareness."

The Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic will provide free ADHD screenings to adults (age 18+) at the end of October. Details about these screenings, including the dates, times, and location are forthcoming.

The Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic provides affordable, quality psychological services to the University of Southern Mississippi and greater Hattiesburg communities. As the training clinic of the Counseling Psychology graduate programs at Southern Miss, we are able to offer a full range of psychological services at affordable rates. For more information, visit us on the web or call 601.266.4601 for an appointment.

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