Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder that includes a combination of persistent problems, such as difficulty in paying attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. ADHD can lead to unstable relationships, family tension, poor work or school performance, low self-esteem, and other problems.
At Valley, we understand ADHD and how it affects both children and adults. We want you to know that hope and help are more accessible than ever and there’s a wide variety of ways to treat this common disorder and manage your symptoms.
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What Are the Symptoms of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)?
ADHD is one of the most common childhood disorders. Symptoms differ for each child but can include inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. Often this means that children will have difficulty sitting still, following directions, and finishing tasks.
Symptoms of ADHD always begin in childhood. Some people with ADHD display fewer symptoms as they age, but some adults continue to have major symptoms that interfere with their daily functioning. In adults, the main features of ADHD may include difficulty in paying attention, impulsiveness and restlessness. Symptoms can range from mild to severe.
Many adults with ADHD aren’t aware they have it. They just know that everyday tasks can be a challenge. Adults with ADHD may find it difficult to concentrate and prioritize, leading to missed deadlines and forgotten meetings or social plans. The inability to control impulses can range from impatience when waiting in line or driving in traffic to mood swings and outbursts of anger.
Adult ADHD symptoms may include the following:
How is Valley Treating ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)?
Paying regular attention to your mental well-being is good and should be a very normal part of healthy living. At Valley, we know there is no one-size-fits-all approach to mental health, which is why we take the time to care for each client individually and consider their broader story. Every client that walks through our doors is assessed holistically and cared for in a comprehensive way within a solution-focussed approach.
We offer a wide variety of counseling and counseling environments for a wide variety of clients:
Our individual counseling focuses in on each client and their unique story in order to discover the solutions that are right for them. After pairing our clients with the ideal therapist, we take the time to press into the cognitive, behavioral, and motivational aspects of our client’s recovery while also considering dual-diagnosis.
At Valley, we offer FDA approved psychiatric medication as part of our comprehensive treatment plan. Each medication program is prescribed by a trained medical professional (e.g., psychiatrist, nurse practitioner) within a broad scope of long-term care.
Research shows that counseling within a group setting is just as effective, sometimes even more so, as individual care. At Valley, we are proud to provide robust and interactive care groups led by trained clinicians. These empowering spaces have proven to be an invaluable resource for learning coping skills, feeling acceptance, and avoiding social isolation.
While every client needs to be individually motivated in their treatment, one of the largest factors in successful care is a solid support system. Our family and couples counseling partners with immediate family, primary caregivers, adopted families, and support systems to get everyone on the same page in caring for their loved ones.
Incorporating complementary or alternative medicine is often referred to as an integrated approach and works best when used alongside professional treatment. Don’t replace conventional medical treatment or psychotherapy with alternative medicine.
With that said, here are some things proven to be helpful when dealing with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder):
The current evidence is inconclusive on whether omega-3 fatty acids provide any benefit for the symptoms of ADHD in children and adolescents. Some randomized controlled trials have conferred modest benefits in treating ADHD; however, omega-3 fatty acids are less efficacious than traditional stimulant medications for ADHD symptoms.
Exercise is generally classified as aerobic (running or walking), resistance (weight training), or mindfulness-based (yoga or tai chi). Exercise is known to improve cognitive mechanisms due to a diversion from negative thinking, social contact, and feelings of control over one’s health. Consider walking, jogging, swimming, gardening or another activity that you enjoy.
Melatonin: There is limited evidence from rigorous clinical trials on melatonin mitigating sleep disorders among young people with ADHD. A 2011 literature review suggested a beneficial effect on sleep disorders (when administered for four weeks), with minimal side effects, in healthy children as well as youths with ADHD. Getting a healthy amount of sleep is important for both your physical and mental wellbeing. If you’re having trouble sleeping, talk to your doctor about what can be done.
Meditation & Yoga: There is not enough evidence to draw firm conclusions about the efficacy of meditation for ADHD. However, short-term aerobic exercise, including yoga, has shown beneficial effects on core symptoms of ADHD such as attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
Structure & Routine: Kids with ADHD respond well to structure, routine, and consistency. This is because ADHD directly affects the individual’s ability to regulate and structure their own behavior. Consistent external structure such as a regular schedule can help manage these symptoms.
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