Patterns of communication and unresolved conflict.
Almost everyone experiences symptoms of Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at some point in their lives. You probably do not have ADHD if the symptoms are recent or have occurred only occasionally in the past. These symptoms begin and persist since childhood, before the age of 12. A diagnosis of ADHD suggests that symptoms are severe and cause continuing problems in more than one area of your life.
ADHD is typically characterized by impulse control, inability to focus, or pay attention. ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed condition in young people. A 2016 survey shows 6% of children and teens from age 5-19 and 4% of adults are diagnosed with ADHD. What is shocking is that while the diagnosis is common among children, more than 80% of adults with ADHD have not been diagnosed or treated. People with ADHD also often experience other mental health concerns such as anxiety, substance use, depression, OCD, panic etc., which also causes misdiagnosis.
Range of Symptoms
ADHD symptoms are categorized as inattentiveness, hyperactivity/impulsiveness or both of these combined. Examples of inattentiveness can involve challenges sustaining attention, disorganized thinking, difficulty in mental tasks and forgetfulness, among others. Such inattentiveness can lead to mistakes, paralyzing procrastination and poor time management skills. Symptoms of hyperactivity/ impulsivity can include fidgeting, inability to engage in activities quietly, losing things, feeling restless, excessively talking and finding it challenging to wait.
Symptoms of ADHD appear distinctive at different ages. For instance, a school-aged child might experience difficulties with social interactions, academic problems or self-esteem issues. In contrast, an adolescent might experience excessive injury/ accidents, risky sexual behaviours, or issues with substance use. An adult might get into many vehicle accidents, experience relationship and substance use problems, and find it challenging to keep a job. Unproductive relationships and social interactions can induce more social isolation and a self-directed withdrawal from society.
Treatment & Counselling
Treatment for adult ADHD is similar to treatment for childhood ADHD. Treatment includes medications, psychological counselling/ psychotherapy and treatment for any mental health concerns that occur alongside.
Counselling helps individuals with ADHD to understand the factors and structures that influence their symptoms, and give them tools to regulate and cope. While many types of therapies are adept at supporting behaviourally, they are also crucial in working on client’s interpersonal relationships and communications patterns- both usually affected by ADHD.
Therapeutic groups focused on ADHD can also be helpful in improving a client’s understanding of the symptoms and facilitate interactions with others on the same journey.
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a neurodevelopment disorder that affects children and adults alike, causing difficulties with attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Here, we'll explore the symptoms, causes, and treatment options for ADD. We'll also discuss how counselling can help individuals and families affected by ADD.
Understanding Attention Deficit Disorder
Attention Deficit Disorder, or ADD, is a condition that affects a person's ability to pay attention and focus, causing them to be easily distracted, forgetful, and disorganized. In this section, we'll explore the symptoms of ADD, how it affects individuals, and how it's diagnosed.
Causes and Risk Factors of Attention Deficit Disorder
ADD can have several causes, including genetics, environment, and brain chemistry. In this section, we'll discuss the risk factors for developing ADD and the various environmental and social factors that contribute to the development of this disorder.
Treatment Options for Attention Deficit Disorder
While there is no cure for ADD, there are several effective treatment options available. In this section, we'll discuss the different approaches to treating ADD, including medication, therapy, and behavioral interventions.
How Counseling Can Help Individuals and Families Affected by ADD
Counseling can be a powerful tool in helping individuals and families affected by ADD. A skilled therapist can work with individuals to develop strategies for managing symptoms, improving executive function, and building positive relationships. In this section, we'll discuss how counseling can help individuals and families affected by ADD, and how No Fear Counselling can provide the support and resources needed to overcome this disorder.
Choose No Fear Counseling Today
If you or someone you love is struggling with Attention Deficit Disorder, know that help is available. No Fear Counselling provides a safe and supportive space for individuals and families affected by ADD to work through their challenges and develop effective coping strategies. Contact us today to book a session and take the first step towards a brighter future.
Treatment focusing on an individual’s level and quality of communication with their environment has had a sustainable long-term effect on their severity of ADHD and whether the condition manifests at all. Psychotherapy can play a crucial role in helping the individual function better!
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