ADHD and ADD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a disorder that can affect attention, ability to control and an inability to control impulsive behaviors and hyperactivity. ADHD is considered a brain disorder that impairs executive functioning - resulting in difficulty organizing tasks, motivation, regulation of emotions, memory, and recall, as well as difficulty controlling actions and impulses.
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), which used to be classified as a different disorder than ADHD, is now considered a subtype of ADHD and listed as “Predominantly Inattentive”. This means those diagnosed with ADD experience impaired concentration, memory, and/or organization, without experiencing hyperactivity..
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), ADHD is prevalent in approximately 5 million children or 9 percent of U.S. school-age children. While more common in children, ADD/ADHD can extend into adult years, with many adults not diagnosed until adulthood.
Our therapists have experience working with both adults and adolescents who experience poor executive functioning connected to ADHD symptoms. Clarity Clinic NWI offers comprehensive treatment strategies and coordinated, multi-disciplinary teams to help clients with self-regulation skills, distraction reduction techniques, medication management, and other challenges associated with ADHD/ADD.
Signs of ADHD may include:
- Emotional sensitivity
- Overwhelmed by simple tasks
- Trouble focusing at school or work
- Extreme restlessness
- Easily distracted
- Mood swings