therapy for attention issues, focus, & ADHD
You may be the parent of child or teenager who was recently diagnosed with an attention and/or hyperactivity disorder. You may be an adult who has struggled your whole life and never gotten the right kind of support. Counseling can help you get educated about this disorder--learn the ins and outs of how the ADD or ADHD brain works and its impact on behavior. Early in my career I spent a long time working in schools and helped identify kids with attention and hyperactivity issues. In developing strategies to help kids succeed academically and socially, I quickly realized that this is a team game. One of the ways I can support you is to provide individual counseling so your child can build on strengths and practice needed skills. Typically, a lot of cognitive problem solving is useful, as is support around making and keeping friends. Or perhaps there are also underlying issues like anxiety, depression, or more significant behavioral concerns. I also serve as a consultant or collaborator with parents, teachers and other involved professionals. Providing parents the right kind of parent education and support is crucial.
ADHD and problems with attention, focus, and distractibility are partly consequences of living in a culture that rewards intense focus in the midst of overstimulation and competing demands for our attention. And stimulants (whether caffeine, Ritalin, Adderall, or meth) all improve focus. I would not call these drugs treatments for these difficulties, though they certainly work. We need to learn how to control the stimuli that affect our well-being. Therapy can help you more effectively take the reins (for example, through mindfulness training) so you can feel like you are a more effective gate-keeper of the demands on your time and attention.
Many people struggle with difficulty paying attention, concentrating, and restless energy that get in the way of doing what they need or want to do. Such issues may be related to ADHD or they may be due to some other problem such as anxiety or depression. It is important to find out what the cause is and to obtain appropriate help, whether that is through therapy and/or medication. There are many non-medical tools that can help reduce and manage symptoms of ADHD and increase your sense of control over your life.
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