Do you or your child suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?
Symptoms of ADHD include having difficulties with paying attention, following directions, organizing tasks or activities, remaining seated, waiting for one's turn, completing tasks such as homework, being easily distracted, fidgeting or squirming, interrupting others, talking excessively, and frequently forgetting and losing needed items, such as books, pencils or toys. While all children display symptoms of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity, it does not mean that they are suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Children and adults diagnosed with ADHD exhibit symptoms that are severe enough to interfere with their functioning at home, at school, or in the community. These behaviors are not considered developmentally appropriate for their age and are present for a while. Furthermore, children diagnosed with ADHD often suffer from related issues such as behavioral problems, low self-esteem, social difficulties, and learning disabilities. While as adults, many of the hyperactivity and impulsivity symptoms decrease, symptoms of inattention continue to pose a challenge for many interfering with individuals' ability to function optimally at work and at home.
How can therapy help?
While medication is at times indicated to treat the neurological symptoms of ADHD, counseling can be useful in educating parents on strategies for dealing with challenging behaviors and for increasing their child's ability succeed in different areas of life. Therapy is also useful in addressing issues that often present along with ADHD such as anxiety, anger, and social difficulties. Social- skills training is an important aspect of therapy. Treatment often involves the entire family to help support parents and siblings and offer strategies for better understanding and managing difficult behaviors.