What is ADHD?

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ADHD is a common mental disorder that affects both children and adults.

It is a chronic disorder that impacts the everyday lives of many individuals, including academic performance, interpersonal relationships, and daily functioning.

ADHD can lead to feelings of poor self-worth, sensitivity toward criticism, and increased self-criticism.

The way ADHD presents differs between adults and children:

ADHD in Children

Children with ADHD often have difficulties paying attention, have controlling impulses and are hyperactive.

This can lead to children struggling with low self-esteem, poor performance in school, and troubled relationships.

ADHD symptoms in children often begin before the age of 12 and can be noticeable as young as three years old.

ADHD in Adults

Those with ADHD have fewer symptoms as they age, but adults with ADHD can still deal with symptoms that deal with their day-to-day lives, such as impulsiveness, restlessness, and difficulty paying attention.

Adults with ADHD may find it difficult to focus and to prioritize tasks.

The inability to control impulses can lead to impatience, mood swings, and outbursts of anger.

ADHD Symptoms

ADHD symptoms fall into two types of behavioral problems: Inattentiveness (difficulty focusing and concentrating) and hyperactivity and impulsiveness.

While many individuals with ADHD exhibit symptoms in both categories, some may only struggle with attention while others with hyperactivity.

Here are the symptoms of ADHD in each category:

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Short attention span
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Distracted
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Careless mistakes
Young boy slapping his palm to his head in frustration or anger
Forgetful
Young mother scolding her young daughter while grandma tries to interfere
Interrupting conversations
A child wanting to her mom who does not look impressed or want to
Unable to listen to or carry out instructions
Overwhelmed Woman with different objects surrounding her
Constantly changing tasks and activities
Female employee covering her work window with post-it notes
Difficulty organizing tasks
Happy Kid Jumping on a Couch with mom beside looking stressed
Unable to sit still (especially in calm environments)
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Constant fidgeting

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Facts About ADHD

ADHD affects up to 6% of Canadian adults and 7% of children – that’s around 1.8 million Canadians.

Here are some more facts about ADHD:

  • ADHD has been documented for more than 200 years.
  • ADHD is under-recognized, underdiagnosed, and misdiagnosed in Canada.
  • ADHD is recognized by all government health agencies and major medical associates as a real medical condition.

Assessing and Diagnosing ADHD

There is no single test used to assess and diagnose ADHD. Our experts at Insight Psychological diagnose ADHD based on symptoms and how they impact an individual’s daily functioning.

They also look at how long symptoms have been present i.e. more than six months.

Along with diagnostic guidelines, our ADHD psychologists may also use a range of rating scales to test and track ADHD symptoms.

Treatment for ADHD

ADHD is treated using methods such as behavioral therapy, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), and mindfulness therapy:

  • Behavioral therapy looks at the individual’s current struggles and the factors influencing them to encourage changes in behavior and self-perception.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on thoughts, emotions, and beliefs that influence an individual’s behavior.
  • Mindfulness therapy helps individuals focus on the moment as well as how to acknowledge and regulate emotions to break free of negative thought patterns.

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ADHD Psychologists Near You

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Our ADHD psychologists at Insight Psychological help individuals with ADHD change their behaviors and disruptive patterns by teaching healthy and effective coping techniques.

Therapy for ADHD focuses on learning organizational strategies and eliminating disruptive patterns that lead to academic and interpersonal difficulties.

If you believe you or your child would benefit from working with an ADHD psychologist near you, please contact our team at Insight Psychological or book your first appointment today.

Dr. Cory Hrushka

Edmonton South, Online, Corporate Services, Sherwood Park

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Phillip Hau

Edmonton Central, Edmonton North, Online, Corporate Services

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Terri Mulveney

Edmonton South, Online

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Brianna Kamphorst

Edmonton South, Online

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Veronica Del Peral Ramos

Online, Edmonton West, Edmonton South

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Brandi Enns

Edmonton South, Online

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Heidi Erisman

Edmonton North, Online, Corporate Services, Sherwood Park

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Sabrina Brady

Edmonton Central, Edmonton North, Online

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Melanie Bradley

Edmonton South, Online, Edmonton West

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Nikesha Deenoo

Edmonton South, Online

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Nicole Donovan

Edmonton South, Online, Sherwood Park

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Cynthia Mikolas

Edmonton North, Online

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Izabela Bienko

Edmonton South, Online

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Kathryn Maier

Edmonton North, Online

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Cody Cobler

Edmonton North, Online, Sherwood Park

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Jessica Nelson

Edmonton South, Online

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Dawn Doucet Banting

Edmonton South, Online

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Simarjit Gill

Online, Edmonton North

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Chantelle Owen

Edmonton Central, Online, Edmonton West

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Selina Kanagasuriam

Edmonton Central, Edmonton South, Online, Edmonton West

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Luke Suelzle

Edmonton South, Online, Edmonton Central

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Karen Pérez Cruz

Edmonton South, Edmonton West, Online, Edmonton North

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Tara Hughes

Edmonton South, Edmonton West, Online

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Kim Phua

Edmonton North, Online

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Rume Dedekuma

Calgary, Online, Edmonton South

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Calvin Schlosser

Edmonton Central, Edmonton South, Online

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Brilene Wohlgemuth

Edmonton South, Sherwood Park, Online

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Brittany Malo

Edmonton Central, Edmonton North, Online

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At this time, Insight Psychological does not have therapists who specialize in this specific area, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help you! Please contact us to talk with our Intake Personnel to find a therapist that is a good fit for you and your unique circumstances.