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    ADD/ADHD Counseling

    ADD/ADHD affects not only kids but also adults!

    We all know kids who can’t sit still, who never seem to listen, who blurt out inappropriate comments or don’t follow instructions no matter how clearly you present them. ADD/ADHD can present similarly yet also differently in adults. Adults with AD(H)D struggle with chronic disorganization, poor time management and often “run late”, experience scattered thinking and frequently lose their train of thought, switch from topic to topic, are easily distracted by irrelevant stimuli and can even experience embarrassing moments of verbal impulsivity (foot in mouth) tendencies.

    When it comes to kids with AD(H)D, they will easily misplace needed items, forget their homework, daydream during class or act without thinking, display inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity, and become easily frustrated and overwhelmed. ADHD makes it difficult for a person to inhibit their spontaneous responses, including everything from movement to speech to assertiveness.

    Some children with ADHD may be constantly in-motion, bouncing off the walls and disrupting others around them. Other children with ADHD may sit quietly, with their attention miles away. Adults tend to experience a feeling of internal restlessness.

    There are three primary characteristics of ADHD: Inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, though all three aren’t always prominent in an individual.

    Individuals with ADHD may:

    • Have trouble staying focused or get easily distracted
    • Appear not to be listening when spoken to
    • Constantly fidget and squirm
    • Talk excessively
    • Act without thinking
    • Interrupt often, or say the wrong thing at the wrong time
    • Have a quick temper or “short fuse”

    Whether or not your or your child’s symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity are due to ADHD, they can cause problems if left untreated. Children who can’t focus or control themselves or get into trouble at school often find it hard to make friends. These frustrations can later lead to low self-esteem as well as friction for the whole family. Alternatively unmanaged symptoms in adults typically lead to poor job performance, unmet goals, interpersonal and work place issues, disorganized and messy surroundings, etc.

    Treatment can make a dramatic difference in your and your child’s symptoms. With the right support, you or your child can get on track for success in all areas of life.

    If you’re interested in learning more about ADD and initiating ADHD therapy, contact me today. I am happy to help.