Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental disorders affecting children and adults. It impacts the brain and behaviors of anyone living with the disorder.
Symptoms of ADHD include inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, making it difficult for someone with the disorder to excel in school or work. People with ADHD may have trouble following instructions, might act impulsively, and may suffer from bouts of aggression or forgetfulness.
Thankfully, treatment is available. Working with a mental health professional like a counselor or therapist can help children and adults living with ADHD. Mental health professionals have the training to test for ADHD and provide a diagnosis that can clear up confusion. They can customize a treatment plan consisting of therapy, medication, or a combination of the two to improve symptoms and help you live a happier, healthier life.
Professionals from Thriveworks Counseling in Monroe, LA want to help you or your child cope with ADHD. Call our office today to get started — someone from our team will help you schedule a session at a time that works for you.
ADHD: Symptoms and Common Types
ADHD is one of the most common mental disorders impacting children, but it also affects many adults.
These symptoms are some of the most commonly seen in adults and children with ADHD:
- Overlooking or missing details
- Fidgeting or an inability to sit still
- Talking out of turn
- Impulsive behavior
- Interrupting others
- Being easily distracted
- Difficulty following instructions
- Losing or misplacing items easily
There are three main types of ADHD that present themselves differently: the inattentive type, the hyperactive/impulsive type, and the combined type. Mental health professionals will examine which symptoms are present to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of the disorder.
Are symptoms of ADHD keeping you from performing your best at work or in school? Is your child dealing with behavioral issues that are interfering with their social life? Call our office at Thriveworks Counseling in Monroe, LA to start working with one of our mental health professionals today.
Can a Therapist Treat ADHD?
Diagnosing ADHD in children can be difficult. Many ADHD symptoms, including high activity levels and difficulty concentrating, are commonly seen in young children in general. The biggest difference for people with ADHD is that this hyperactivity and inattention are greater than expected for their age level and show up in multiple settings.
ADHD is usually diagnosed when these symptoms are distressing and make it more difficult for children to function at school or at home. By working with a mental health professional, adults and children with this disorder can more effectively manage their symptoms.
Adults with ADHD may benefit from psychotherapy and behavioral modification strategies that focus on adding structure and organization to their life. For younger children, play therapy can help a professional gain insight into a child’s behaviors and feelings. Family therapy introduces a group approach and teaches parents how to provide feedback for desired behaviors to help reinforce good choices. Your provider will determine the right form of therapy to manage your symptoms and help you achieve your goals.
Medication is another option for treating ADHD. Stimulant medications are highly effective and have been used safely for decades to help people manage the symptoms of ADHD. They help improve the brain’s ability to think and pay attention to outside stimuli. If you’re working with a psychiatrist, they can recommend and prescribe medications directly if they think it could help. Counselors and therapists can also work with psychiatrists to find the right prescription for their clients.
Whether through therapy, medication, or a mix of the two, ADHD can be treated and managed. Call our office today at Thriveworks Counseling in Monroe, LA to start working with one of our counselors, therapists, psychiatrists, or other licensed mental health professionals.
Work With an ADHD Therapist or Counselor From Thriveworks in Monroe, LA
Our licensed professionals can test for ADHD, develop and implement treatment plans for adults and children living with the disorder, and help them achieve their goals and live a more focused, present life. If you think you may be experiencing ADHD symptoms, call our office today at Thriveworks Counseling in Monroe, LA to get help.
We set out to make it easy for anyone to receive valuable mental health resources. You’ll talk to a real person when you call and many of our clients can receive care quickly –– often within a day or two after calling. We take many medical insurance plans, so check with your insurance provider to see if your plan includes mental health care.
Our mental health professionals can work with their clients through convenient online appointments, connecting with them over the phone or through a video chat. This makes scheduling sessions much easier and many of our clients love receiving care without leaving their homes.
Schedule an appointment with one of our ADHD professionals at Thriveworks Counseling in Monroe, LA today. You’ll speak with a team member who will help you find a time that fits into your schedule. We look forward to hearing from you soon.