ADD and ADHD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a disorder that can affect attention, concentration and an inability to control impulsive behaviors and hyperactivity. ADHD is considered a brain disorder that impairs executive functioning - resulting in difficulty organizing tasks, motivation, regulation of emotions, memory and recall, as well as difficulty controlling actions and impulses.
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), which used to be classified as a different disorder than ADHD, is now considered a subtype of ADHD and listed as “Predominantly Inattentive” which means it does not include the hyperactivity component but instead experiences persistent patterns of impairment related to concentration, memory and organization.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), ADHD is prevalent in approximately 5 million children or 9 percent of U.S. school-age children. While more common in children, ADD/ADHD can extend into adult years, with many adults not diagnosed until adulthood.
Our therapists have experience working with both adults and adolescents who experience poor executive functioning connected to ADHD symptoms. Clarity Clinic NWI offers comprehensive treatment strategies, including self-regulation skills, distraction reduction techniques, coordination with multi-disciplinary teams, including psychiatrists and medication management – to help manage the challenges associated with ADHD.
Signs of ADHD may include:
- Emotional sensitivity
- Overwhelmed by simple tasks
- Trouble focusing at school or work
- Extreme restlessness
- Easily distracted
- Mood swings