Overview of Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Today we hear a lot about ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder), in the media and from our schools. It's helpful to know what ADHD is and to be aware that there are treatment options available.
People with ADHD struggle with inattentiveness, as well as hyperactivity or impulsivity, or both. People with ADHD might describe it as "the channels constantly flipping in [my] brain," feeling constantly distracted, forgetful, or feeling the need to talk or fidget constantly.
Oftentimes, people with ADHD aren't aware of the problem, and ADHD behaviors are usually recognized by others such as family members or teachers. ADHD can affect children, adolescents, and adults. ADHD is usually diagnosed in childhood but many adults have never been diagnosed.
There is help for those struggling with ADHD.
Testing and an in-person psychological assessment can determine the presence of ADHD. If needed, a referral can be made to a physician for medication management and follow-up. A behavioral plan can be very useful for people with ADHD as this helps them to stay on task with daily activities. Individual and family therapy can also provide the needed support to all those who are affected by ADHD.
A list of symptoms includes:
- Difficulty maintaining attention or feeling easily distracted
- Difficulty staying on task or completing projects
- Trouble with organization or misplacing important items
- Difficulty remembering appointments
- Inability to sit still/quietly for long periods of time, feeling restless or fidgety
- Feeling as if driven by a motor
- Talking excessively in social situations
- Difficulty waiting for a turn
If you feel you or a loved one may be struggling with ADHD, call today for an assessment so that we may assist you in developing a treatment plan that is right for you.