What Is ADHD?
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that begins in childhood and can persist through adulthood. It is defined by hyperactivity, difficulty paying attention and impulsiveness. ADHD symptoms can adversely impact a person’s day to day life by negatively affecting personal relationships, social interactions, functionality, ability to complete tasks, capacity to have a routine and changing moods.
What Causes ADHD?
ADHD has been linked to and can be caused by:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Family history of ADHD
- Alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy
- Prenatal or childhood exposure to chemicals or toxins, including lead
- Premature delivery
- Low birth weight
The causes of ADHD can vary from person to person and may result from several different factors. Research has found that genetics play a role in ADHD, and you are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD if a close blood relative also has it.
Because ADHD can lower your quality of life, it’s important to seek mental health care if symptoms are present.
How Do I Know If I Have ADHD?
ADHD is diagnosed through several steps. A checklist is used to properly diagnose symptoms of ADHD that can be related to other disorders. Those with ADHD may experience any of the following symptoms:
- Talking too much
- Daydreaming a lot
- Difficulty paying attention
- Being unable to stick to a schedule
- Being forgetful and not following through
- Taking unnecessary risks
- Being careless without thinking of the consequences
- Being unable to hold still or frequent fidgeting
- Losing essential items regularly, such as car keys
- Failing to follow instructions or finish tasks at work
- Having problems staying organized or completing tasks in sequence
Specifically, in adults, ADHD can present itself as follows:
- Frequent lateness or procrastination
- Difficulty in attending to details and making careless mistakes
- Difficulty paying attention for long periods of time during tasks or interactions with others
- Appearing absentminded when being spoken to, not hearing what others are saying and not being able to interact for long periods of time
- Difficulty with organization and following through on tasks, becoming easily sidetracked
- Talking excessively or inappropriately, interrupting others, having difficulty waiting their turn
- Behaving recklessly, such as buying things on impulse or having emotional outbursts
If you are concerned that you may have ADHD and are in need of ADHD treatment for adults or children, reach out to a medical professional to get a proper diagnosis. Thriving Center of Psychology can offer you experienced mental professionals to help you understand and treat your ADHD.
Is There An Effective Treatment For ADHD?
Yes. There are an array of treatments for ADHD offered today, including:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Neurofeedback Training
- Helping you learn how to break down large tasks into smaller tasks
- Meditation and stress-management techniques
- Psychotherapy (talk therapy)
- Making a schedule
- Group therapy
- Online Video TeleTherapy
Depending on your specific circumstances and the severity of symptoms, a combination of these treatments can be used to effectively manage your ADHD. You don’t have to learn to govern ADHD on your own. Thriving Center of Psychology works with you to better understand your symptoms and how ADHD affects your life.
Research has found that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the most effective therapy for ADHD in addition to medication if necessary. ADHD is frequently comorbid with (diagnosed alongside) oppositional defiant disorder in children and mood disorders, including anxiety and depression. CBT is also an effective treatment option for these comorbid disorders.
Treatment of ADHD with CBT is an area of expertise for many of the Thriving Center of Psychology clinicians. If medication is needed we can also help connect you with qualified medication providers.
Another one of our practices specializes in neurofeedback (electroencephalographic or EEG biofeedback) training for ADHD. EEG neurofeedback is a state-of-the-art treatment that serves as an alternative to ADHD medications. This treatment is completely non-invasive and involves placing numerous electrodes on top of your scalp to read your brainwaves over a computer monitor.
Your dedicated mental health provider translates this information and uses it to teach you how to regulate your brain to “normal” patterns all on your own. As a “workout” for your brain, it teaches it to be stronger and healthier and reduce symptoms of ADHD.
Thriving Center of Psychology is dedicated to ensuring you learn to cope with ADHD in an effort to improve mental and physical well-being. To get started on improving your well-being and happiness, schedule an evaluation at Thriving Center of Psychology. You can book your appointment through the website, use our Therapist Matchmaker Survey to get linked with one of our professionals or call the offices directly to get your online ADHD therapy.
How Do You Find An ADHD Therapist Near Me?
If you find yourself on the internet searching terms such as “ADHD therapist near me” or “Find ADHD specialist” and being overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Thriving Center has psychologists and ADHD therapists in NYC, LA, Miami, and all around the country who specialize in helping individuals work with ADHD using only the most up-to-date evidence-based therapeutic interventions. Take our short Matchmaker Survey to find the psychologist or couples therapist who is the best fit for your relationship or feel free to browse our ADHD therapists by city:
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