What Is ADHD?
ADHD is a disorder that affects almost 10% of American children. The first symptoms may emerge as early as 3 years old, although the average child is diagnosed with this condition around age 7. ADHD symptoms may include trouble with concentration and focus, problems with staying organized, hyperactivity, impulsivity, and restlessness. Although it’s often known as a childhood disorder, ADHD doesn’t just impact children as many adults struggle with this condition.
What Is It Like To Live With ADHD?
Life with ADHD can sometimes feel tumultuous and chaotic. It may feel like things never get done. One might feel focused one moment but completely distracted the next. This shift in mindset isn’t a conscious choice. Often, the person has good intentions to stay organized or complete a particular task, but they often find themselves preoccupied or overwhelmed or forgetful, which then can perpetuate a cycle of shame and insecurity.
ADHD symptoms can impact a person’s performance in school and work. Sitting, working, or paying attention for long periods of time may feel downright impossible. Likewise, relationships can be challenging. People with ADHD may find listening difficult they may be forgetful in their commitments or responsibilities.
How I Can Help You or Your Child With ADHD
Effective therapy focuses on reducing or eliminating the disruptive behaviors compromising one’s well-being. Therapy may include a combination of learning and implementing strategies related to organization and concentration. In tweens and adolescents, it may also entail parent support therapy, which teaches parents how to use positive reinforcement to promote healthy behaviors and consistent boundaries to reduce unwanted behaviors.
In our work together, we will develop healthier strategies for living with ADHD. You or your child will learn practical solutions for improving concentration, limiting distractibility, developing emotion regulation, building relationship skills and cultivating better self-esteem. While ADHD comes with its challenges, the right treatment can empower you to access your strengths and improve the quality of your life.