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Help and Support for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) for both Children and Adults

What is ADHD/ADD?

Many of us will have heard of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder through the media or will have some experience of a loved one with the disorder. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disease characterised by inappropriate levels of impulsiveness, over-activity and reduced concentration. There are three main types of ADHD:

  1. ‘Combined type’ which manifests both inattention and hyperactivity
  2. ‘Predominately hyperactive’ which shows a much greater deal of hyperactivity but also impulsive behaviour
  3. ‘Predominately inattentive’ which shows as overall distraction, particularly in adults

What are the signs and symptoms of ADHD?

  • Low frustration tolerance – Individuals are often impatient and quick to become upset at a situation
  • Mood liability – Moods can change rapidly and possibly without any particular triggers
  • Low self-esteem – Individuals feel they are underachieving according to their potential and constantly seeking reassurance and/or approval
  • Disorganisation – Difficulty prioritizing and planning information and tasks
  • Procrastination – The individual with ADHD will put actions off for weeks or months
  • Lack of inhibition – The individual will not be able to control the impulse to speak out and say the first thing that comes into their mind, resulting in them causing upset in their relationships
  • Sensation seeking behaviours – A need for high stimulation and immediate gratification leads to an engagement in high-risk activities
  • Ceaseless mental activity – Individuals will talk about their ‘brain working too fast’ and rapidly changing thought processes

These symptoms often make dealing with ADHD very challenging and if left untreated, can cause a range of daily difficulties such as academic or professional struggles, behaviour problems, financial set-backs, unhappy relationships and physical or mental health issues.

How can counselling and psychotherapy help me with my ADHD?

While there is no ‘cure’ for ADHD, therapy can effectively help you manage your symptoms, giving you more balance in your daily life. Some treatment may involve psychiatric assessment and evaluation for medication although ADHD can be significantly improved through self-management skills. Here at Fresh Mind Therapy, we use cognitive behavioural techniques (http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cognitive-behavioural-therapy/pages/introduction.aspx) to give you these skills so that you can optimise your personal, social and occupational functioning, regardless of the disorder. We also encourage awareness and practice of a balanced diet and regular exercise and can help you to bring these into your routine.

ADHD needn’t hold you back. If you would like help managing your ADHD, get in contact with us here