Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD / ADHD)

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are normally diagnosed in children, although adults can be diagnosed with it as well. Undiagnosed ADD/ADHD can cause problems in school, in the workplace, or in any number of settings.

ADD is a type of ADHD that doesn’t involve constant movement and fidgeting. But it’s a blurry distinction. The confusion dates to 1994. That’s when doctors decided all forms of attention-deficit disorder would be called “attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder,” even if the person wasn’t hyperactive. Now it’s called ADHD, inattentive type, or ADHD, hyperactive/impulsive type, or ADHD, combined type.[i] It is still most commonly used together as ADD/ADHD.

Those with ADD/ADHD can act impulsively or have trouble concentrating, both of which can lead to poor decision making and coping skills.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF ADD/ADHD

Typical symptoms of ADD/ADHD can mimic other psychological disorders and include:

  • Inability to focus
  • Making impulsive decisions
  • Being easily distracted
  • High energy levels
  • Inability to sit still
  • Severe impatience
  • Anger
  • Easily forgetting things

WHEN IS IT TIME TO GET HELP?

If you or your child are struggling in school, at work, or in other areas of your life with the above symptoms, and you feel it’s impacting the quality of your life – then it’s time to get some support.

WHAT WILL I GET OUT OF TREATMENT FOR ADD/ADHD WITH INSIGHT PSYCHOLOGICAL?

First of all, a proper diagnosis must be in place to diagnose ADD/ADHD. An assessment will be conducted by a licensed therapist who will then discuss a therapeutic plan with you. There are several therapies that may work to help you or your child cope with your ADD/ADHD. An effective therapy used in treating ADD/ADHD in children and adults is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence based approach to treatment that focuses on how your thoughts, emotions and beliefs influence your behaviour and how you perceive yourself, others and the world. CBT has been shown to be effective in dealing with anxiety because it helps you to change those negative thoughts, feelings, emotions and projections on a subject matter or circumstance and help you to learn more effective ways of dealing with your anxiety. This approach uses sound techniques to slow down, halt and eliminate your own learned reactions. Ultimately, CBT deals with those circumstances and events that you’re aware of, rather than dealing with circumstances and events relating to your unconscious. Through a sound therapeutic process, you’ll learn to respond differently to issues and circumstances, and you’ll learn healthy coping mechanisms.

 

Insight Psychological has six convenient locations: Edmonton North, Edmonton South, Edmonton Central, Calgary, Red Deer, and Spruce Grove. Please call us today to get to the root of you or your loved one’s Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

 

[i] https://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/childhood-adhd/add-vs-adhd