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ADD (or ADHD)

I prefer to distinguish ADD as attention abundance disorder. Everything is just so interesting...remarkably at the same time. 
~Frank Coppola 
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)

 

What is ADHD? 

There are three types of ADHD:

1)    Inattentive: When a person shows enough symptoms of inattention

or easy distractibility but isn’t hyperactive or impulsive. Previously referred

to as ADD.

2)   Hyperactive-Impulsive: When a person has symptoms of hyperactivity

or impulsivity but not inattention.

Combined: when a person exhibits symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity

and impulsivity.        

 

What does psychotherapeutic treatment for ADHD involve?

Psychotherapy is effective for the treatment of the symptoms related to

ADHD because it addresses behaviour modification. Children and adults

with ADHD can have a difficult time regulating their emotional and

behavioural response to situations. Learning effective coping strategies is

one way to gain control over symptoms. Therapists can also help with the

development of a plan for organization and prioritization, key areas of

difficulty for those with ADHD.


Goal setting, reward and consequence, and emotional regulation are

other areas that are addressed during psychotherapy for ADHD.

Even if ADHD is not diagnosed, difficulties concentrating at school or at

work can be troublesome. Therapy, with or without the addition of

medication, can help children and adults learn to stay more focused,

manage impulses, and discover which learning and working environments

and aids can help increase attention.

What are the symptoms of ADD or ADHD?

Below is a link for an at-home symptomology check list that can help you identify whether you are suffering from ADD or ADHD. It is important to note, however, that this checklist is not a replacement for a mental health professional. Rather, it is to be used as a tool to provide potential information to help individuals take the appropriate first step in seeking therapeutic support.

Helping Individuals, Couples and Families Feel and Be Their Best

Abma Counselling Services has been providing counselling services in Niagara since 2008. What began as a solo practice by Steve Abma has grown into a group practice of six experienced therapists providing treatment for a wide variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, ADD, relationships, marriage, addictions & stress. We are a team of dedicated professionals, passionate about helping individuals, couples and families feel and be their best.  Serving Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, St. David's, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Virgil, Fort Erie, Ridgeway, Beamsville, Jordan, Vineland, Grimsby, Thorold and Welland.

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