ADHD : A Brief Introduction

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD


A Brief Description of ADHD:

  • ADHD is the abbreviation for a long medical term, “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”  It is very broad in scope and covers both “Hyperactive and Impulsive” and “Hypo-active (moves slowly) and Inattentive” types of ADHD. Yes, they need to rename this.
  • ADHD is a neurological – biological disorder.  Yes, it is a real disorder.  There are hundreds of brain studies that demonstrate this.  There are both genetic factors and neurological differences.  Their brain simply is different, and processes information differently.
  • About 10% of children, teens, and adults, have ADHD.  It can cause problems in school with both learning quickly and with behavior issues like sitting in a chair for hours.  It causes problems in relationships because of impulsivity, and being easily distracted.
  • People with ADHD tend to start projects but have difficulty ever finishing them.  This can also cause adults with ADHD problems in keeping jobs.
  • Often people with ADHD have problems keeping their marriages too.
  • They usually become highly distracted and bored in a church service just about the time the pastor starts teaching.

Douglas Cowan and ADHD

Before entering full-time ministry in 1998, Dr. Cowan had been one of Kern County’s leading resources in the field of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  Dr. Cowan has provided seminars to physicians on the variety of treatment options for ADHD, and dozens of seminars for both parents and teachers on the neuro-biological causes of ADHD and ways to help ADHD children and teens to be more successful.  Over the years he has provided individual treatment to nearly 1,000 individuals with ADHD, and has also helped their families.

Douglas Cowan is a Marriage and Family Therapist providing professional counseling to Tehachapi and Bakersfield, CA.

As the Clinical Editor of the ADHD Information Library on-line, Dr. Cowan has written over 200 articles or posts for parents and teachers on ADHD or related conditions in children and teenagers.  He has also written three ebooks:  “The ADHD Diet,” “Married to ADHD,” and “101 Classroom Interventions for ADHD in School.”

Dr. Cowan has several websites that are ADHD related including:

Over 1,000,000 parents and teachers have visited his websites over since 1996 for free information on ADHD, and his weekly email newsletter on ADHD has over 9,200 subscribers today.

Douglas Cowan, Psy.D. is available for consultations with parents who are concerned that their child or teen may be suffering from ADHD or related conditions.  He is also available to implement a variety of treatment strategies that can help children and teens with ADHD to be more successful at home and in school.  He is well versed in both medications, and “alternative” or “additional” treatments such as diet interventions, nutraceutical medicines, cognitive strategies, and more.



Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiADHD : A Brief Introduction