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  • ADD/ADHD Counseling

    We all have heard of kids who can’t sit still, who never seem to listen, who blurt out inappropriate comments, or don’t follow instructions no matter how clearly you present them.  

    Adults can also experience the same behaviors. We now know that it is not “something you grow out of.  ADHD makes it difficult for a person to inhibit their spontaneous responses, including everything from movement, to speech, to assertiveness.  ADHD can cause problems if left untreated. Adults who can’t focus or control themselves may have difficulties in relationships at home and at work. These frustrations can lead to low self-esteem as well as friction for those around you.

    Adult ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is a condition that affects a person’s ability to focus, stay organized, and control impulses. Here’s a simple overview of how ADHD is identified and the types of ADHD:

    Note: the diagnosis “ADD” is no longer used and all three types are different forms of ADHD.

    Signs of Inattention:

    • Often makes careless mistakes or overlooks details.
    • Has trouble staying focused on tasks or activities.
    • Seems not to listen when spoken to.
    • Fails to follow through on instructions or finish tasks.
    • Has difficulty organizing tasks and activities.
    • Avoids or dislikes tasks that require long periods of mental effort.
    • Frequently loses things needed for tasks and activities.
    • Easily distracted by unrelated thoughts or stimuli.
    • Often forgetful in daily activities.

    Signs of Hyperactivity and Impulsivity:

    • Fidgets or squirms in seat.
    • Often gets up when staying seated is expected.
    • Feels restless or runs about when it’s inappropriate.
    • Has trouble playing or engaging in activities quietly.
    • Feels “on the go” or acts as if “driven by a motor.”
    • Talks excessively.
    • Blurts out answers before questions are completed.
    • Has trouble waiting for their turn.
    • Interrupts or intrudes on others.

    To diagnose ADHD, these symptoms should have been present since before age 12, should be noticeable in different settings (like at home and work), and should clearly impact daily life:

    1. Predominantly Inattentive: Mainly trouble with paying attention and staying focused.
    2. Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive: Mainly trouble with being overly active and acting without thinking.
    3. Combined: A mix of both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive symptoms.

    Understanding these signs and types can help in recognizing ADHD and seeking appropriate help.

    Treatment can make a dramatic difference in your symptoms. With the right support, you can get on track for success in all areas of life.

    If you’re interested in learning more about ADHD therapy, I invite you to reach out to Kerry Diana, LPC today for a free 15-minute consultation. She would be happy to share how she can help you achieve success and grow.