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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

What is ADHD

ADHD, or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by persistent patterns of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that interfere with daily functioning and development. ADHD can affect individuals of all ages, although symptoms may vary in presentation and severity.

Types of ADHD

ADHD is typically classified into three subtypes based on the predominant symptoms:

  • Predominantly Inattentive Presentation: Individuals with this subtype primarily exhibit symptoms of inattention, such as difficulty sustaining attention, organizing tasks, or following through on instructions.

  • Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation: Individuals with this subtype primarily exhibit symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity, such as fidgeting, excessive talking, difficulty waiting their turn, or acting without thinking.

  • Combined Presentation: Individuals with this subtype exhibit symptoms of both inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity.

Impact of ADHD

ADHD can have a significant impact on various aspects of an individual's life, including:

  • Academic and Work Performance: ADHD can affect academic achievement, work productivity, and task completion due to difficulties with attention, organization, and time management.

  • Social Relationships: ADHD may impact social skills, communication, and peer relationships, leading to difficulties in making and maintaining friendships.

  • Emotional Regulation: Individuals with ADHD may struggle with regulating emotions, managing frustration, and coping with stress, leading to mood swings, irritability, or emotional dysregulation.

  • Self-Esteem: Challenges associated with ADHD, such as academic difficulties or social rejection, may impact self-esteem and self-confidence, contributing to feelings of inadequacy or worthlessness.

Treatment Options for ADHD

Effective treatment for ADHD typically involves a multimodal approach that addresses symptoms and promotes skill development. Treatment options may include:

  • Medication: Stimulant medications (e.g., methylphenidate, amphetamines) and non-stimulant medications (e.g., atomoxetine, guanfacine) can help manage symptoms of ADHD by improving attention, impulse control, and hyperactivity.

  • Behavioral Therapy: Behavioral interventions, such as behavior modification techniques, parent training, and social skills training, can help individuals with ADHD develop coping strategies, organizational skills, and self-regulation techniques.

  • Educational Support: Academic accommodations, such as extended time on tests, preferential seating, or behavioral interventions in the classroom, can help support academic success for students with ADHD.

  • Counseling: Individual or family counseling can provide support, education, and coping strategies for managing the emotional and interpersonal challenges associated with ADHD.

  • Lifestyle Modifications: Establishing routines, prioritizing sleep, engaging in regular physical activity, and minimizing distractions in the environment can help individuals with ADHD manage symptoms and improve overall well-being.

How Can We Help:

Our therapists specialize in providing comprehensive support for individuals with ADHD and their families. We offer evidence-based treatments tailored to each individual's unique needs and circumstances, with a focus on promoting self-awareness, skill development, and resilience.


If you or a loved one is struggling with ADHD, know that you're not alone, and help is available. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards understanding and managing ADHD more effectively.

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