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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (Both Child and Adult) 





Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is a neurobehavioral disorder characterized by a combination of inattentiveness, distractibility, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. 


At this time, approximately 5-7% of children are diagnosed with this disorder. Boys have a higher prevalence rate of being diagnosed.  This disorder has a wide range of symptoms.  Some may simply have difficulty concentrating, while others may become disruptive and defiant and have trouble getting along with parents, peers, or teachers. 


Historically, ADHD has been considered a controversial diagnosis, with some people asserting that it is over-diagnosed in children.  For those who have been properly diagnosed, approximately 50% of them will eventually outgrow the condition. 


Adult ADHD Counseling 

Diagnosing an adult with ADHD is not easy. Many times, when a child is diagnosed with the disorder, a parent will recognize that he or she has many of the same symptoms the child has and, for the first time, will begin to understand some of the traits that have given him or her trouble for years.  These common symptoms include distractibility, impulsivity, and restlessness. Other adults will seek professional help for depression or anxiety and will find out that the root cause of some of their emotional problems is ADHD. They may have a history of school failures, problems at work, or frequent automobile accidents. 


A correct diagnosis of ADHD can bring a sense of relief for many people.  These individuals have possibly developed many negative perceptions of themselves that have led to low self-esteem as adults.  Now they can begin to understand why they struggle with certain issues and can begin the process of facing them.  These individuals might benefit from treatment focused on not only on ADHD, but also depression, anxiety, or low self-esteem. These are all common disorders that are often linked to ADHD.  


Because close relationships are so crucial to happiness and well-being, it's important for those with ADHD to be aware of the effects of their condition on others, and to develop skills for building stronger social ties. Maintaining fulfilling relationships can be a challenge for people with attentional problems. Because they are easily distracted, they may not appear to be listening to loved ones, or they may forget social plans or important errands. 


The symptoms of ADHD fall into two distinct categories: inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity. Those whose symptoms are restricted to inattention aren't usually as disruptive and therefore often go undiagnosed. 


Symptoms of Inattention: 

   Difficulty maintaining attention 

   Easily distracted by surroundings 

   Difficulty following instructions carefully 

   Fails to accomplish tasks 


Symptoms of Hyperactivity/Impulsivity: 

   Restlessness and fidgeting 

   Inability to remain seated or quiet 

   Excessive and inappropriate chatter 

   Difficulty waiting in line or taking turns 

   Interrupts or intrudes 


If you or a loved one is struggling with ADHD/ADD, contact one of our practitioners at Counseling Connections & Associates. We can help you build the skills to maintain positive relationships at home, school, or in the workplace. 


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