Therapy for ADHD and ADD
What is ADHD?
ADHD stands for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, a common neurodevelopmental condition that affects how people think, act, and learn. It can cause a range of challenges and difficulties in various aspects of life, such as school, work, and relationships. Some of the most common signs of ADHD are:
- Inattention: You may have trouble paying attention to details, following instructions, or completing tasks. You may also get easily bored, distracted, or sidetracked. You may make careless mistakes, forget things, or lose track of your belongings.
- Hyperactivity: You may feel restless, fidgety, or impatient. You may also have difficulty sitting still, staying quiet, or waiting your turn. You may talk excessively, interrupt others, or act impulsively.
- Impulsivity: You may act without thinking, say things without considering the consequences, or make hasty decisions. You may also have trouble controlling your emotions, such as anger, frustration, or excitement. You may take risks, break rules, or get into trouble.
- Mood Dysregulation: You may struggle with motivation one moment and enter a flow state of hyperfocus the next. ADHDers experience differences in how the mind and body regulate emotions, which is one of the reasons why therapy is such a helpful resource for neurodivergent folks.
If you experience any of these traits, you may have ADHD. ADHD is not a sign of low intelligence or laziness. It is a brain-based difference that can be treated and managed with the help of professional help and self-care strategies. If you think you may have ADHD, please reach out to a qualified mental health provider for diagnosis and treatment.
What can I do about my ADHD?
Many people try to cope with it by ignoring it or hiding it, but this only makes it worse. The more we deny our ADHD, the more it affects our self-esteem and performance.
A better way to deal with ADHD is to learn to accept and embrace it, rather than reject it or be ashamed of it. This helps us understand our strengths and weaknesses and find ways to overcome our challenges. One of the skills we need to learn is how to organize our time and space and create routines that work for us.
Another skill we need to develop is how to focus our attention and regulate our energy and emotions. ADHD often makes us feel overwhelmed or scattered by too much information or stimulation. Mindfulness helps us become aware of our thoughts and feelings and choose how to respond to them. When we do this, we discover our creativity and potential for growth and happiness. Sometimes, we may need the help of a coach who can guide us through this process of self-management and goal-setting.
When we embrace our ADHD, we not only reduce our difficulties, but also unlock our talents and passions. ADHD does not have to limit your life. You can learn to manage it and live more fully. If you struggle with any form of ADHD, from inattention to hyperactivity, please reach out. You deserve better.
Deep Eddy Psychotherapy is home to ADHD and neurodiversity affirming therapists. We are here to help.
How can therapy help with ADHD?
Therapy can help with ADHD in various ways, depending on the type and goals of therapy. Some of the benefits of therapy for ADHD are:
- Therapy can help you understand your ADHD better and how it affects your life. You can learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments of ADHD, as well as how to cope with common challenges and frustrations. Therapy can also help you identify your strengths and interests and how to use them to your advantage. Psychoeducation is a common component of many types of therapy for ADHD.
- Therapy can help you change your thoughts and behaviors that may interfere with your functioning and well-being. You can learn skills and strategies to improve your attention, organization, planning, time management, problem-solving, and impulse control. You can also learn how to regulate your emotions, such as anger, anxiety, or depression, that may result from or worsen your ADHD symptoms.
- Therapy can help you practice mindfulness and relaxation techniques that can calm your mind and body. You can learn how to be more present and aware of your thoughts, feelings, sensations, and surroundings, without judging or reacting to them. You can also learn how to reduce stress and increase your focus and concentration. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is a type of therapy that combines CBT with mindfulness meditation.
- Therapy can help you improve your relationships with others, such as family, friends, partners, or coworkers. You can learn how to communicate better, listen more attentively, express your needs and feelings, respect boundaries, and resolve conflicts. You can also learn how to deal with social situations that may trigger or challenge your ADHD symptoms, such as public speaking, networking, or dating. Some types of therapy for ADHD may involve the participation of a partner or spouse.
- Therapy can help you achieve your personal and professional goals by providing support, guidance, feedback, and accountability. You can work with a therapist or a coach who can help you clarify your vision, set realistic and attainable objectives, monitor your progress, and celebrate your successes. You can also learn how to overcome obstacles, cope with setbacks, and adjust your plans as needed. Occupational therapy and ADHD coaching are some types of therapy that focus on these aspects.
Therapy for ADHD can be done individually or in groups, depending on your preferences and needs. It can also be done in person or online, depending on the availability and suitability of the therapist or coach. Therapy for ADHD can be a valuable addition or alternative to medication treatment. If you are interested in trying therapy for ADHD, please consult with a qualified mental health professional who can help you find the best option for you.