Adult ADHD

Just like children, adults can have attention deficit disorder (ADD) with or without hyperactivity. In fact, adults who suspect they have an attention issue, are typically responding to seeing symptoms of ADD/ADHD in their behavior now. Or a child or grandchild has been diagnosed and they have learned that ADD/ADHD has a genetic component. Either way, as ADD/ADHD is a developmental disorder, it likely began in childhood and remained unrecognized and untreated until now.

Symptoms:

Depending on the coping skills you acquired throughout your life and the symptoms that accompany your particular attention disorder, you may experience any of the following:

  • Impulsivity, inattention, hyperactivity (similar to childhood presentation of ADD/ADHD):
  • Time blindness
  • Choice paralysis
  • ADHD Task Paralysis Cycle
  • ADHD Stimming/fidgeting
  • Decision fatigue
  • Rejection sensitivity
  • Inability to stay focused or concentrate
  • Restlessness
  • Inattention
  • Mood swings
  • Has difficulty with following directions (on the next line, start a 4-item list)
  • Thought and item organization
  • Planning ahead
  • Time management skills
  • Loses items with regularity
  • Quick temper and difficulty keeping emotions in check
  • Makes emotional decisions
  • Talk excessively
  • Acts first, consider later
  • Interrupts conversations

In adults, some additional symptoms may be observed:

  • Poor work or academic history
  • Substance abuse
  • Poor physical or mental health
  • Unstable relationships
  • Poor self-image
  • Tendency to overthink and become stuck

Treatment approaches are similar to child ADHD. Ironwood Counseling, LLC is prepared to help and offers these adult ADHD therapies:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Problem-solving skills training
  • Information about how ADHD works
  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Organization skills training
  • Social skills training

Assessments – Feel free to print it out, complete it, and bring it in for discussion.

Available here and under the new Page “Self-Report Assessments

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