What is ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects about 7% of children AND adults and is most often identified when a child begins school. People with ADHD may have trouble paying attention (the Attention Deficit part of the disorder) and/or controlling their impulses (the hyperactivity part of the disorder).

You may have heard, or even been previously diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). This mental health issue and the diagnosis were rolled into ADHD and no longer exist separately.

While there is no cure for ADHD, many find that therapy and/or coaching is incredibly helpful in learning strategies and techniques to better manage the symptoms.

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    • I am fidgety, squirmy and find it difficult to sit still
    • My mind wonders/I daydream
    • I can fall right to sleep at night
    • I avoid tasks/activities that require a lot of thought/”brainpower”
    • I lose personal items
    • I forget things I am supposed to do
    • I don’t finish tasks that I start
    • I find myself multi-tasking, that is doing more than one thing at a time
    • Focusing on one thing at a time is a challenge
    • I have trouble remembering my “to do’s” and appointments

    CIGNA AUDIO PRESENTATION: ADHD and the Adolescent Brain

    by Presenter: Ellen Ortega, LPC, Avant-Garde Counseling & Coaching Center | February 2020

    ADHD In Adolescents

    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a brain-based disorder that causes challenges with executive functioning skills in children, teens, and adults.

    In the Cigna audio presentation on the left, we outline how brain development is affected by ADHD and how it impacts teenagers in particular.

    We also explore strategies and tips that can help parents and teachers best support their teens who have ADHD.

    How is ADHD treated?

    ADHD Coaching and ADHD Counseling have been proven to be effective in assisting people with ADHD to identify and work toward their personal goals. We’ll work with you to:

    • Identify your specific pattern of strengths and weaknesses
    • Develop measurable, realistic, and attainable goals
    • Identify and problem solve obstacles to goal achievement
    • Cope with feelings of shame, guilt, failure, and stress sometimes associated with ADHD
    • Talk with your family and loved ones
    • Improve your quality of life

    Can adults have ADHD? I thought it was only something children have?

    The short answer is yes.

    Everyone and anyone can have moments where maintaining attention and focus is extremely difficult. When should you be concerned that your symptoms may be symptoms of ADHD?

    It may be time to speak with one of our counselors about techniques that may help when you are having trouble:

    • maintaining attention
    • organizing your thoughts and to-do’s
    • completing tasks that you begin
    • maintaining a calm body and mind

    ADHD symptoms in adults may look slightly different from ADHD symptoms seen in children. Our counselors will ask about difficulties in the following area’s:

    At Work

    • How well you work with your boss and colleagues
    • Organizational skills when it comes to the requirements of your job
    • How often are you late for work
    • The look and feel of your workspace
    • Job satisfaction

    Adults with ADHD often find it difficult to manage their time and organize their workspace; something called detailed planning. This can lead to disliking your job and the people you work with.

    At Social Events

    • Friendships
    • Your communication style
    • Time management/prioritizing activities
    • Ability to remember information from conversations

    Many adults with ADHD struggle with social relationships. They find it difficult to focus during conversations, refrain from interrupting while others are speaking, and remember information told to them.

    At Home

    • Ability to be on time for appointments/activities
    • Organization of family appointments and tasks
    • What do you do to relax? How often?
    • The look and feel of your home space
    • What a typical day is like for you

    At home, adults with ADHD may feel overwhelmed trying to manage multiple schedules and activities for everyone in their household. They may have trouble relaxing or feeling settled at home.