Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Diagnosis & Treatment

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects children and teens and can continue into adulthood. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses or they may have trouble paying attention. These behaviours interfere with school and home life. Adults with ADHD may have trouble managing time, being organized, setting goals, and holding down a job. They may also have problems with relationships, self-esteem, and addiction.

One of the first psychological treatment approach for ADHD is psycho-education where the client learns the surprising ways ADHD affects adult functioning. This includes intimate relationships and vulnerability to addictions of various kinds.

Another counselling approach helps the client improve their self-regulation skills by learning mindfulness meditation techniques. Mindfulness meditation is a form of meditation designed to develop the skill of paying attention to our inner and outer experiences with acceptance, patience, and compassion. Consistent daily practice promotes the development of stability, inner calmness, and non-reactivity of the mind. In turn, this allows us to face and embrace even the unpleasant or painful aspects of daily life. As such, meditation along with stress management, can be helpful in treating the mood disorder and anxiety that commonly occurs in ADHD.