Individual Therapy in Lake Oswego, OR
Have you or a family member been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? Or are you or someone you love having trouble with overwhelm, anxiety, sensitivities, task completion and/or motivation and can't seem to pin point what the problem is?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can be a very confusing diagnosis. It is unique to each person and can be "hidden" in some people -- in adults because it wasn't diagnosed when you were a child and you have learned to function well in society, in girls because it often is masked by politeness, anxiety, and even introvertedness, or overshadowed in kids who might have other mental health issues such as anxiety or depression, or learning disabilities such as dyslexia (and other reading and math struggles).
If you, your partner, or your child shows symptoms and you are not sure what to do, have them evaluated. There are many treatment options available and you are always in charge of your treatment.
Understanding the Basics
What is ADHD? Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common and well recognized behavior disorder that affects millions of children, adolescents, and adults. It's common symptoms include inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. People also experience trouble regulating emotions and often struggle with executive function challenges. More information here.
How is ADHD treated and by whom? Recommended treatment for ADHD is both medical and behavioral. Your family doctor/M.D., a Psychiatrist, or a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner can evaluate you for medication, which is the first line of treatment for ADHD --but the decision to take or have your child take medication is a personal one. A Psychologist who does diagnostic testing can perform testing that will measure for ADHD as well as learning disorders, processing speeds, IQ, and more specific measures that will can help with schooling accommodations. A Masters Level counselor or therapist can also officially diagnose ADHD using interview and self-reporting checklists for symptoms.
For behavioral and environmental changes needed to adjust and improve symptoms of ADHD, a counselor or therapist can help determine what are areas of struggle in your life, create a treatment plan to address those issues and work with you to implement those in your couple relationship, in your individual job or home responsibilities, or as parents who are helping your child to learn and thrive in life.
Read more here on treatment options for ADHD.
For a comprehensive guide on ADHD and medication prepared by the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and American Psychiatric Association (2013) click here.
Digging Deeper into ADHD
Emotions (overwhelm, sensitivity, and crisis)
ADHD in Teens (stay tuned)
ADHD in Adults
CHADD - The National Resource on ADHD
ADDA - Attention Deficit Disorder Association
AdditudeMag - Online magazine for all things ADHD
Understood.org - Resource for parents of children with learning & attention issues
Feel Free to call with any questions or to find out how I can help you at 503-327-6971!