Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
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What is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?
If you feel like you have trouble getting things done, or if you feel restless and distracted, or if your relationships or job performance are suffering due to a lack of focus and organization, there may be a reason for that. Adult ADHD is an attention disorder that affects people 18 and older who have usually experienced symptoms since childhood. You might have difficulty managing time or focusing, which can have negative impacts on your family, work, and social lives.
The truth is you’re not alone. ADHD affects around 8 million adults in the United States. In its most serious forms, it can make it difficult for people to maintain healthy relationships with others. There are also, however, a lot of misconceptions about this condition. It’s important to understand its signs and symptoms, as well as its potential negative effects on your life and functioning.
what does adhd feel like?
People experiencing ADHD often describe feeling like they are on a “rollercoaster” or that their minds are “foggy.” This may manifest as difficulty staying focused, a sense of internal restlessness, a constant sense of “rushing,” and being easily distracted. If you suffer from ADHD, you may also find that you are easily overwhelmed by tasks, become bored quickly, and often make impulsive decisions, sometimes with serious negative consequences. Other symptoms may include difficulty managing and expressing your own emotions.
You might also find it challenging to maintain attention in conversations, complete tasks on time, stay organized, or stick to a routine. Often, people with ADHD report feeling isolated, due to not having the capacity to keep up with those around them. Despite this, individuals with ADHD can possess many skills and strengths, and can often identify the right strategies and support to help manage their symptoms and lead more successful lives.
Is ADD the same thing as ADHD?
The term “attention-deficit disorder,” or “ADD,” is outdated and no longer used to describe the condition now known as “attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder,” or “ADHD.” The term “attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (ADHD), which encompasses all attention-deficit disorders, was settled upon by experts in 1994, regardless of whether a given patient demonstrated hyperactivity or not. There are now, however, three subtypes of ADHD.
What are the 3 types of ADHD?
Predominantly Inattentive ADHD: This type is characterized by difficulty paying attention, trouble staying organized and an inability to follow instructions.
Predominantly Hyperactive-impulsive ADHD: This type is characterized by an inability to sit still, difficulty speaking in turn, and an urge to always be on the go.
Combined ADHD: This type combines the symptoms of inattentive ADHD and hyperactive-impulsive ADHD. It includes difficulty paying attention, trouble staying organized, an urge to always be on the go, and difficulty speaking in turn.
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How do I know if I have ADHD?
If you are experiencing symptoms associated with ADHD, you may forget tasks, have a tendency to procrastination, have difficulty focusing, and get easily distracted. Below are some common signs and behaviors associated with adults who have ADHD.
Common signs and symptoms of ADHD
Difficulty paying attention and staying focused.
Inability to focus on details, difficulty organizing tasks and completing projects.
Being easily distracted by unrelated thoughts and activities.
Fidgeting or restlessness.
Making careless mistakes and lack of attention to detail.
Struggling to follow instructions and often interrupting others.
Poor time management, forgetting to pay bills and other obligations.
Impulsive decision-making and problems with self-control.
Frequent mood swings, anger and frequent outbursts or emotional reactions.
Poor listening skills, interrupting often and not finishing sentences.
Indecisiveness, difficulty committing to a decision, feeling overwhelmed when making choices, letting others make decisions
At some point in your life, you may have suspected that you or a family member might be experiencing attention deficit disorder (ADHD). The symptoms of ADHD can be very distressing and interfere with everyday life. To make an accurate diagnosis, it is important to speak with a qualified healthcare provider, such as your primary care doctor, or specialist such as a psychiatrist or psychologist, who specializes in mental health conditions. Additionally, our therapists can help you determine if you need to be more comprehensively evaluated for ADHD.
Receiving an ADHD diagnosis as an adult can be a life changing event, providing an explanation for why many things have been difficult to accomplish in the past. Understanding the underlying cause of your symptoms can provide an explanation for why you may have struggled with certain life activities in the past and can help you to develop new strategies for managing those challenges. It can also provide a sense of relief that your difficulties are being acknowledged and understood, as well as provide access to treatments that may be beneficial in managing the issue.
What does Therapy for ADHD in NYC look like?
Treatment for ADHD usually involves medication and therapy. Medication can help you focus on tasks that you find difficult to complete without it. It’s important, however, to note that medication alone won’t cure your symptoms or make them go away entirely; rather, it helps you learn how to manage these symptoms so that they don’t interfere with your daily life as much anymore. Along with therapy or counseling, your therapist may also suggest additional support from an ADHD coach.
What is an ADHD coach?
An ADHD coach is a professional who supports people who have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) manage their symptoms and achieve their goals. The coach provides guidance, support, and education to help clients effectively manage their condition, develop practical strategies for success, and build a healthier lifestyle. An ADHD coach can also work with family members to help them understand and support their loved one.
How is a therapist different from an ADHD coach?
Unlike an ADHD coach, a therapist is a mental health professional who provides psychotherapy and counseling services. A therapist can help you with the unique mental health concerns that come with living with ADHD. Therapists are trained to diagnose mental health issues and provide treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy and other forms of psychotherapy. An ADHD coach cannot provide psychotherapy or counseling services.
Therapy for ADHD in NYC with a qualified mental health professional can help you learn how to manage your symptoms, cope with life stresses, and develop better self-esteem. The type of therapy that is most effective in treating ADHD varies depending on the individual, but Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been widely studied in people with ADHD and has shown to be very helpful. CBT focuses on changing negative thinking patterns and behaviors.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy teaches people how to change their behavior by identifying patterns in their thinking patterns (cognition) and then replacing these patterns with new ones that are more helpful or adaptive (behavioral). This type of therapy may be useful if you’re struggling with negative feelings or self-esteem issues caused by having difficulty meeting expectations placed upon others who don’t have the same challenges as yourself. This treatment can also introduce strategies to become better organized and compensate for various difficulties.
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