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Understanding ADHD, from the perspective of a therapist with an ADHD diagnosis.

What Is ADHD And How Can It Be Treated?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is composed of two cluster symptoms inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity, which can affect an individual’s social, occupational and school function. ADHD is often first diagnosed in school age children having a difficulty paying attention in school, restlessness, and forgetfulness. ADHD symptoms often decrease into adulthood but can persist and symptoms may present in different ways throughout aging. Treatments for ADHD in both children and adults include therapy, medication, and/or a combination of both.

Symptoms/Signs

  • Inattention
    • Difficulty paying attention/distracted
    • Forgetful
    • Trouble with organization
    • Easily Distracted
    • Losing/misplacing things
  • Hyperactivity/Impulsivity
    • Fidgeting/squirming
    • Driven
    • Difficulty sitting still
    • Constant movement
    • Interrupting others/Talkative

My Experience with ADHD

Having ADHD myself, I know first hand both the superpower and challenges ADHD may have in your life and/or the life of your child. I was diagnosed at the age of six. My main symptom was difficulty paying attention in school and I struggled the most with reading. My trouble with reading affected me in all areas of my studies and I was often pulled out of class to meet with a teacher one on one for extra assistance. My hyperactivity further affected me in school making it hard for me to pay attention and often led to me getting in trouble due to distracting others.

With the support of my parents, the school system, and medication, I was soon able to learn how to manage my ADHD symptoms. After learning necessary tools, I soon learned how to manage my ADHD without medication. Moving into high school and college, I was able to recognize my triggers and symptoms. My experience with ADHD was now less of a challenge for me and became my superpower. I am now able to use my ADHD to my advantage and able to better manage the challenges. The purpose of my story is to show that I understand you and/or your child’s experience with ADHD. Your brain may be wired differently but it doesn’t have to hold you back! I am writing to tell you that ADHD can be treated and managed. 

What to expect in Therapy Treatments

In a therapy setting the main treatment approaches are cognitive behavioral therapy, ADHD coaching, and mindfulness-based therapy. The two major categories of symptoms for ADHD are inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity, which are often expressed through thoughts and behaviors. These therapy approaches work to address the thoughts and behavioral symptoms experienced by someone with ADHD. Learning how to control and manage attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are at the center of each of these approaches.

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