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Is ADHD or ADD Disrupting Your Life? 

Do you find yourself constantly disorganized, late, forgetful OR overwhelmed by daily activities?  Are you worried that you can't seem to remember things as well as your friends or coworkers?  Do you become easily frustrated by a lot of noise and distraction?    


You may be suffering from ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) — a neurobehavioral disorder characterized by inattentiveness, distractibility, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. 


According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 11% of U.S. children ages 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD/ADD — with boys being nearly three times more likely to be diagnosed.       


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


Adult ADHD/ADD Diagnosis  

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 troubles them for years.  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.  These adults may have a history of school failures, problems at work, or even frequent automobile accidents. 


More than 10% of adults or about 16 million Americans have been living with this condition since their childhood and may not even be aware of it.  ADHD affects the prefrontal cortex of the brain, where all of our planning and decision-making functions occur.  Left untreated, ADHD can hinder everything we do in our daily lives, from school to career to relationships.  


A correct diagnosis of ADHD can bring a sense of relief for many people.  It is common for ADHD sufferers to have negative perceptions of themselves — leading 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 critical to happiness and well-being, it's important for those with ADHD to be aware of the effects their condition has 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. 


ADD and ADHD Symptoms 

ADHD/ADD sufferers often experience 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. 

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. 


Common Symptoms of Inattention: 

  • Difficulty sustaining focus
  • Easily distracted by surroundings
  • Difficulty following instructions carefully
  • Failure to complete tasks
  • Being disorganized


Common Symptoms of Hyperactivity: 

  • Excessive restlessness, fidgeting, and/or tapping
  • Inability to remain seated or quiet
  • Excessive and inappropriate chatter
  • Difficulty waiting in line or taking turns


Common Symptoms of Impulsivity: 

  • Interrupting others or social intrusiveness
  • Hasty actions and decisions without forethought and consideration for consequences
  • Inability to delay gratification
  • Desire for immediate rewards


Potential Outcomes of Untreated ADHD/ADD:   

  • Impaired academic or work performance
  • Difficulty on tests of attention, executive function, or memory
  • Mood lability
  • Irritability/Anxiety
  • Low frustration tolerance



At Counseling Connections & Associates, our skilled clinicians will ensure that you or your loved one receives a proper diagnosis to determine the source and nature of the attention deficits.  Our #1 goal — whether you are an adult or child — is to help you maintain focus and increase productivity in your life.  


We will help you build the right skills needed to maintain positive relationships at home, school, or in the workplace. 


What to Expect When Working With Us

After completing an initial evaluation, our providers will recommend a treatment plan that may include education, psychotherapy, medication, lifestyle changes, or a combination of all of the above.  Studies have repeatedly found both psychotherapy and medication to be highly effective treatments for ADHD/ADD. 


Our multi-disciplinary team will work together to create an individually tailored treatment plan.  This may include ongoing medication management, along with cognitive-behavioral psychotherapies, time-management strategies, and appropriate self-care.  Furthermore, psychoeducational training with parents and caregivers is often beneficial to provide at-home strategies that will reduce maladaptive behavior to provide structure and routine to those struggling with ADHD symptoms.  Also, because ADHD often impacts the overall family system — causing conflict and secondary family issues —family therapy may be recommended to identify skills to strengthen the family unit as a whole. 


Contact Counseling Connections & Associates today to learn more about our ADHD/ADD treatment options!   

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