Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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?

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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.

Speak to an ADHD specialist today.

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.

People with ADHD typically show an ongoing pattern of behavior that you can categorize into inattention or hyperactivity-impulsivity, or a combination of both. ADHD symptoms can interfere with daily functioning and development. Often, those who meet the diagnostic criteria for ADHD experience symptoms that impact school, work, and relationships.

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

Is ADHD A Disability? 

Yes, ADHD is considered a disability. The federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) covers individuals with ADHD. Adults with ADHD have specific rights that prohibit discrimination against them under the ADA. 

How Do I Get Tested for ADHD?

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.  

There is no single physical, medical, or genetic test for ADHD. Instead, testing for ADHD involves a diagnostic evaluation by a qualified mental healthcare professional. Based on your symptoms and individual case, a mental health professional can determine and diagnose ADHD, so that you can get the treatment that you need.

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)
  • Medication 
  • 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
  • Online behavioral therapy for ADHD

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. 

Treatment Specifics

Thriving Center of Psychology has therapists who specialize in ADHD who will work with you to understand your symptoms and use only research-based therapies and treatments to support your needs. Instead of researching for an “ADHD counselor near me,” we can help you start the conversation and connect you with pre-vetted therapists who specialize in various science-based therapies.

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.

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.

What Type Of Therapist is Best for ADHD?

When treating ADHD, the best course of treatment will depend on the individual. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is typically considered the gold standard for ADHD therapy. In some cases, CBT and medication may be necessary. So the best type of therapist for ADHD will depend on your diagnosis and approach to treatment. If you’re looking to find an ADHD specialist in NYC or any major city, there are several types of professionals who can diagnose and treat ADHD, including: 

  • Psychologists 
  • Licensed Mental Health Professionals 
  • Psychiatrists 

How Much Does ADHD Therapy Cost?

The cost of therapy sessions at Thriving Center of Psychology can range from $150-400. The price can differ depending on your therapist’s expertise and experience in their respective field. While our services are out-of-network for all insurance companies, if you have an Out-Of-Network or PPO insurance plan, then your insurance may reimburse some of the costs. 

How Do You Start ADHD Treatment and Therapy? 

If you think you or your child may have ADHD, the first step is to speak to a medical professional so that you can get a diagnosis. When speaking to a medical professional, you will discuss all your symptoms and explain how your symptoms affect your home, work, or school life. As there are a variety of treatments for ADHD, it’s important to understand your ADHD symptoms. Contact the caring team at Thriving Center of Psychology to talk about your options. 

ADHD Treatment at Thriving Center of Psychology 

At Thriving Center of Psychology, we know that matching you to the right therapist is a process. The right treatment and therapist for ADHD depend on you. By understanding your individual symptoms and background, we can match you with the best mental health professional for your needs, goals, and availability.

How Do You Find An ADHD Therapist Near Me?

If you find yourself on the internet searching terms such as “ADHD counselor 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 you or feel free to browse our ADHD therapists by city:

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