Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects 9% of children and 7% of adults, causing symptoms that pervade their lives and interfere with their ability to thrive at home, school, and work. Kristie Tse, MA, LMHC, NCC, and the experienced therapists at Uncover Mental Health Counseling PLLC in Midtown Manhattan work closely with children, teens, and adults who struggle through their days with ADHD. If you or your child needs help, call the New York City office or request an appointment online today.
ADHD is a neurological disorder characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Some signs of ADHD appear before the age of 12, but many people aren’t diagnosed until their teens or during adulthood.
Additionally, the condition often persists from childhood throughout adulthood or might not develop until the adult years.
People with ADHD have an imbalance in brain chemicals that makes it difficult for them to focus and regulate their behaviors and emotions. As a result, ADHD can interfere with every aspect of their lives. They have a hard time in school, struggle to make and maintain friendships, and as adults, may not be able to hold down a job.
You may develop inattentive ADHD, hyperactive-impulsive ADHD, or combined ADHD. As its name suggests, you have symptoms from both types if you have the combined type.
Children and adults with inattentive ADHD struggle to pay attention and can’t focus on the task at hand. They also have a hard time staying organized. They often lose things, miss details, and don’t finish tasks.
Hyperactive-impulsive ADHD causes symptoms such as:
At all ages, people with ADHD have a high risk of co-occurring disorders such as anger management issues, depression, and anxiety.
The team at Uncover Mental Health Counseling PLLC primarily diagnoses ADHD by learning about the patient’s behaviors and determining if they meet the criteria for ADHD. They also make sure the patient doesn’t have any other condition that could explain their symptoms.
After diagnosing ADHD, the first line of treatment is usually stimulant medications. These medications boost the brain chemicals that regulate attention and thinking processes. If you can’t tolerate stimulants, your provider may prescribe a nonstimulant medication that also improves your focus.
Most people with ADHD find that cognitive behavioral therapy gives them the skills they need to succeed in daily life. For example, therapy may teach ways to complete tasks and self-regulate anger. Therapy is also great for those who need help with social skills.
If you or your child have symptoms of ADHD, don’t wait to seek help. Call Uncover Mental Health Counseling PLLC or request an appointment online today.