Bethany is a recent college graduate who landed her first job in her field. She did well in school but it took a lot of effort for her to finish her homework on time. Now that she’s working, she’s having some difficulties. She can’t seem to focus during the workday and her performance isn’t where she expected. Her boss started catching her browsing the web instead of working. Bethany feels like she can’t focus but she really wants to keep her job.
Have you ever felt like Bethany — hyperactive, impulsive, or unable to concentrate? Do you have a child that’s dealing with these symptoms in school or at home? If so, you or your child might be dealing with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
ADHD is a mental disorder that can cause inattentiveness, hyperactivity, impulsivity, or other physical and mental symptoms. It can impact children, teens, and adults. People living with ADHD can struggle in work, school, or personal relationships. Thankfully, ADHD can be treated by working with a mental health professional.
Do you want to talk to a therapist or counselor about ADHD? Working with a mental health professional from Thriveworks Counseling in Phoenix, AZ can help. Call our office today to get started.
ADHD: Common Symptoms and Types
There are three main types of ADHD — the inattentive type, the hyperactive/impulsive type, and the combined type. People can exhibit either a set of symptoms from one type or live with a combination of symptoms from both types.
Here are some of the most common ADHD symptoms:
- Difficulty concentrating on tasks
- Trouble listening or paying attention
- Losing items
- Being easily distracted or forgetful
- Disliking time-consuming tasks
- Fidgeting or restlessness
- Interrupting others
- Blurting out answers in school
- Trouble staying still
These symptoms can make it difficult to navigate work, school, or other focus-heavy activities. People with ADHD have a higher chance of dealing with another mental health issue like anxiety, bipolar disorder, or depression. Working with a mental health professional can help relieve symptoms of ADHD and concurrent disorders.
Do you think you or your child are living with ADHD? If so, call our office at Thriveworks Counseling in Phoenix, AZ today. Someone from our scheduling team can help you set up your first appointment
What Does ADHD Therapy Look Like?
The first step to treating ADHD is a diagnosis. Adult ADHD often goes underdiagnosed, as its signs and symptoms can be difficult to spot, especially if the condition isn’t severely impacting a person’s life. The same is true of children: They are naturally energetic and sometimes struggle to pay attention in school — behaviors that are similar to symptoms of ADHD.
Once a diagnosis is reached, there are many different treatment methodologies for ADHD. Generally, therapists and counselors can treat ADHD using psychotherapy, medication, or a mix of the two.
Therapy for ADHD usually focuses on teaching time management skills, organizational strategies, or ways to control impulsive behavior. There are a few different therapeutic methods that can be used to treat ADHD, including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Family therapy can be especially helpful when a child is dealing with ADHD so the family members learn how to support the child’s growth and development.
Medication is another tool that can help manage ADHD symptoms for some people. Stimulants have been used safely for decades to reduce symptoms of ADHD, though other types of medications are used in some situations. If medication is right for you, you’ll work with a Thriveworks psychiatrist to manage that part of your treatment directly.
Mental health professionals from Thriveworks Counseling in Phoenix, AZ are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. Call our office today to schedule your first session.
Schedule Your First ADHD Therapy Session in Phoenix, AZ
Living with ADHD can be difficult but working with a mental health professional can help. Therapists and counselors can treat ADHD and help you or your child live a happier, calmer life. Call our office at Thriveworks Counseling in Phoenix, AZ today to get started.
At Thriveworks, we want to make mental health care as convenient and easy as possible for our clients. We offer evening and weekend sessions alongside flexible online counseling appointments — you can work with a counselor or therapist over the phone or through a video chat.
We don’t put our clients on a waitlist and you’ll speak to a real person when you call (not a robot). Our flexible schedules mean that you can get started quickly, sometimes meeting with a licensed professional within just 24-48 hours after calling. We also accept many of the biggest health insurance plans, so contact your insurance provider before you call to see if your coverage includes mental health care.
Is ADHD keeping you from living your best life? Working with a professional from Thriveworks Counseling in Phoenix, AZ can help. Call us today to get started with your first appointment. We can’t wait to help you thrive.