Do You Struggle With ADHD Symptoms?
Have you been diagnosed with ADHD or are wondering if you might have it?
Do you feel stuck and can’t seem to get past the same problems and recurring issues?
Are you constantly exhausted and overwhelmed, and don’t understand why?
Are you often stressed out, running late, feeling disorganized or frazzled?
Do you just want to feel better, be happy and more fulfilled in your life?
Even though you are trying hard, it feels as if life is a struggle much of the time. Others seem so happy, why aren’t you? You might put off goals because you are worried about failing, so you don’t even start. You may struggle in your relationships because you often feel misunderstood or not valued. Do you start projects only to get distracted and not finish? Do you wish you could understand why you have trouble focusing and how you can capitalize on your strengths?
You Are Not Lazy, Crazy or Stupid
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is not a character flaw.There is nothing wrong with you. ADHD is simply a difference in how the brain works. The ADHD brain struggles with attention, focus, planning, prioritizing, organizing, emotional regulation and memory. It is a dysregulation of attention, not a lack or deficit of it. That’s why one day you can be “on” and get a lot of things done and at other times it is difficult. And that inconsistent performance can leave you and others wondering why you aren’t always able to perform at your best. People in your life may have asked, “You did it before, why aren’t you doing it now?” Or, “What’s the problem? It is not so hard.”, which can leave you feeling like you are lazy or broken in some way. Many people struggle in isolation, but there is much hope for managing ADHD symptoms.
You Are Not Alone
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 20% of boys and 11% of girls are diagnosed with ADHD. And there are millions of adults struggling with it and do not even realize they have it. According to The National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), the estimated lifetime prevalence of ADHD in U.S. adults aged 18 to 44 years was 8.1%. Often adults figure out they have ADD only after one of their children is diagnosed with it, or if they have a change in routine, such as going off to or back to college, becoming unemployed or leaving a job to be a stay at home parent. It can be very relieving to find out that there is this cause for your struggles. It can also be extremely upsetting to get a diagnosis as an adult and think “if I had just been diagnosed and treated properly as a kid, my life could be totally different.”
The good news is that with the help of a compassionate, understanding and knowledgeable ADHD therapist, you can learn to not only cope with and manage your ADD symptoms, but you can thrive with Attention Deficit Disorder. I specialize in ADHD Treatment and would be happy to help you understand your particular form of ADD and realize it does not mean there is something wrong with you. I will help you learn about ADHD and how to manage the symptoms, feel happier, work to your strengths and live a more fulfilling life.
ADHD Treatment Will Help You Feel Better
These are the ways in which I would help you with your ADD/ADHD:
Education About ADHD And How It Affects You
Understanding how your ADHD brain works is the first step of the treatment for adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Each person with ADHD will have different symptoms based on which characteristics apply to them. Some will have memory problems, some will not. Some adults with ADHD will be very forgetful, and others will not. Some have temper issues, when that might not be a problem for another adult with ADD.
We will go through the symptoms you have and discover your particular type of ADHD. I will help you understand why you are the way you are and act the way you act. It is often a huge relief to understand and realize it is your brain that is just different, not wrong. And it helps to have a knowledgeable ADHD therapist who understands, doesn’t judge and helps you to feel you are not alone.
Support is critical for adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Because ADHD is so misunderstood, it can increase the sense of isolation and frustration. In my office, you will find support in a positive, accepting environment which is crucial for adults with ADD. Because in addition, if you have ADHD, you are generally more sensitive and more negatively affected by the environment, other people and things that go on around you. With a caring and knowledgeable ADHD therapist like me, you will get the support you need to feel better about yourself, become more productive and feel more fulfilled in life.
Having ADHD makes life difficult because of the nature of the how ADD brains work. Together we will look at how your life is set up now and think through creating your environment so that it works best for you. You have probably tried plenty of strategies to help you be on time or not forget things, for example, but they may or may not work. We will discover why the strategies you have tried to implement don’t work, besides the fact that you don’t do them. We will see what other blocks you may have that are getting in the way, so new, more effective strategies can be implemented. I will teach you breathing strategies that will help you control your anxiety, impulsivity and/or temper. We will work on mindfulness techniques that will help you be present with people in the moment and in control of your actions. We’ll also discuss practical strategies like using your phone and apps to help automate certain things like on line bill paying, grocery delivery or getting a cleaning service.
Healing Emotional Distress
When you are an adult and realize you have ADD or ADHD, it is like working through a grief process. Often you feel distressed about what life could have been like if you didn’t have ADHD or if you would have received a diagnosis earlier. You may have sadness, frustration, and regrets about the toll it has taken on your self esteem, work life and relationships.
I will help you navigate your feelings through a gentle, compassionate process that will allow you to develop a loving, trusting relationship with yourself. Together we will examine and heal the emotional distress you’ve endured and help you access your own inner wisdom and guidance. Through this process, you will be able to understand your brain better in order to accept yourself with all of your ADD tendencies. You will learn to embrace your whole self, realize there is nothing wrong with you and that you can live a happy and fulfilling life.
You may have questions or concerns about ADD treatment…
Do I Need To Be On ADHD Medication?
No. In fact you may never have to take ADD medication at all. It will be most helpful for you to understand the type of ADHD you have first and then if you feel you need it, to seek further treatment with medication in conjunction with ADHD therapy. There is so much that can be done in ADHD therapy that it may be enough to get you feeling happier, more productive and less emotionally stressed just to do the work with me in the office. And if necessary, we can discuss the option of you seeing a psychiatrist for an evaluation for ADHD medication, and I can give you referrals.
Will You Judge Me For Having ADHD?
No! I will unconditionally accept you and understand what you are going through because I am also an adult with ADHD. I was diagnosed as an adult, and this means I have a deep understanding and a respect for the challenges that ADHD adults face. That is why I decided to specialize in ADHD Treatment. I will help you heal the emotional distress that accompanies ADHD, break free of the shame, and grow into your fullest, happiest and most empowered self.
You Can Be Happier. I Can Help!
Interested in discussing ADHD treatment or ready to start? Please feel free to contact me or call me at (512) 800-4775 for a complimentary 30 minute phone consultation. I’m here to answer any questions you have and to talk about how I can help you. This one step will change your life for the better! To reach out now, Click Here.