ADD & Identity

Attention Deficit Disorder & Identity 

By Derek Daley 

At Legacy Treatment Center, we understand the significant impact that an early diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) can have on the development of one’s identity. Our team of dedicated clinicians has designed a program to help individuals repair “broken identities” stemming from an early ADD diagnosis.

Through our research-based practices, we aim to educate and empower our clients with the knowledge and skills to reframe their narrative and shift from a mindset of “I am broken” or “I am not good enough” to a more positive and strength-based narrative of “Look at what I can do” and “I am good enough.”

In pursuit of this goal, we focus on working with our clients in the following nine specific areas:

  1. Understanding the link between ADD and identity development
  2. Changing the internalization or perception of an ADD diagnosis
  3. The impact of ADD on academic performance and Confidence
  4. The correlation between ADD and higher rates of addiction and mental health
  5. Strategies for addressing and managing symptoms of ADD in various settings
  6. Techniques for fostering self-awareness and Self-esteem in individuals with ADD
  7. The importance of a holistic approach to treatment, addressing not only the individual’s mental health concerns but also their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being
  8. The benefits of adventure-based therapy in treating individuals with ADD
  9. The role of experiential learning in helping individuals with ADD better understand and cope with their emotions and behaviors.

At Legacy Treatment Center, we believe in empowering individuals with ADD to take control of their identity. Our program is designed to provide the necessary tools, support, and guidance to help individuals with ADD overcome the challenges they may face and develop into their full potential. If you or a loved one is struggling with establishing a healthy identity post-ADD diagnosis, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information on how we can help

Author: Derek Daley is a co-founder of Legacy Treatment Center and Juniper Canyon Treatment Center for Women, with decades of experience in the outdoor behavioral healthcare industry. He is currently serving on the board of The National Association of Therapeutic Programs and the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council. Derek received the 2017 Utah Community Service award for his nonprofit work, and is a passionate advocate for wilderness therapy, presenting nationally at universities and conferences to raise awareness about how nature experiences can change lives. On the weekends, Derek enjoys adventuring with his family in Utah and around the globe.