ADD/ADHD Counseling

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While it’s commonly associated with children, many individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) continue to grapple with its challenges well into adulthood, often without even realizing it. In some cases, people aren’t diagnosed until later in life, leaving them to navigate the complexities of ADHD on their own for years. Therapy can play a key role for adults with ADHD.

Understanding Adult ADHD

ADHD is characterized by symptoms such as difficulty sustaining attention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. In adults, these symptoms can lead to challenges in work, relationships, and daily life. Many adults with ADHD struggle with time management, organization, emotional regulation, and maintaining focus, which can hinder their personal and professional growth.

Understanding Adult ADHD

In childhood, ADHD symptoms often manifest as hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention. Children with ADHD may be constantly on the move, have trouble sitting still, and struggle with following instructions or completing tasks. In contrast, adult ADHD symptoms may include more subtle manifestations, such as restlessness, difficulty with time management and organization, and impulsivity in decision-making.

  • Hyperactivity. Hyperactivity tends to decrease with age in individuals with ADHD. While it’s a hallmark feature in children, adults with ADHD are less likely to display overt hyperactivity. Instead, they may experience inner restlessness and mental hyperactivity.
  • Inattention. Inattention remains a core symptom in both childhood and adult ADHD, but its expression may change. Children may have difficulty sustaining attention during schoolwork, while adults might struggle with staying focused on tasks at work, paying bills, or organizing their lives.
  • Impulsivity. Impulsivity is common in both childhood and adult ADHD. In children, this can lead to impulsive behaviors like interrupting others, blurting out answers, and taking risks without thinking. In adults, impulsivity may manifest as impulsive spending, making hasty decisions, or speaking without considering the consequences.

Medication is often the first-line treatment for adult ADHD, and it can be highly effective in reducing symptoms. Medications like stimulants and non-stimulants can enhance attention and impulse control. However, medication alone may not address all the challenges associated with adult ADHD. And, of course, adults may decide that they don’t want to take medication for a variety of reasons. Add to that there’s a shortage of ADHD medication right now and it becomes clear that therapy plays a key part in handling adult ADHD. Therapy complements medication by providing individuals with essential skills and strategies to cope with their symptoms effectively.