ADHD Counseling For Adults

ADHD Counseling & ADHD Therapy for Adults

Did you know that ADHD is a real and common disorder? Adults often go undiagnosed because they may not recognize the symptoms. In adults, it can be harder to diagnose as many people grow out of this hyperactive behavior as they get older. However, if you still have those signs in adulthood, there are ways to find out. There’s a test called the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS) that assesses whether or not one has adult ADHD. 

In North America, an estimated 4% of adults have ADHD, a disorder most commonly diagnosed in childhood that persists through adolescence and into adulthood. ADHD is diagnosed very similarly in adults as it is in children. It is necessary to confirm the presence of at least six ADHD traits within the inattentive category, hyperactive category, or both. There must also be impairment within two life settings. The ASRS is an effective method of identifying adult ADHD.


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Types of ADHD in Adults

ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is not a one-size-fits-all diagnosis. It is categorized into three main types based on predominantly adult ADHD symptoms:

ADHD, Inattentive Type; Previously, people referred to this type as ADD. Individuals with this type often:

  • Have a tendency to overlook details or make careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities
  • Struggle to maintain focus on tasks or other responsibilities and have difficulties listening directly to others
  • Lack the ability to follow through on instructions and fails to complete schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions)
  • Lack organizational skills
  • When it comes to things that require a lot of mental effort for a long period of time (such as schoolwork), they avoid, dislike, or do not want to do them
  • Have a tendency to lose things needed for tasks and activities (e.g., school assignments, pencils, books, tools, etc.)
  • Have a tendency to get distracted
  • Frequently forget things

ADHD, Hyperactive-Impulsive Type; Individuals with this type may:

  • Fidget with hands or feet, or squirm in their seats when sitting still is expected
  • Moving or getting up from their seat when remaining seated is expected
  • Excessively run about or climb when and where it is not appropriate (adolescents or adults may feel very restless)
  • Have trouble doing leisure activities quietly
  • Are often “on the go” or act as if “driven by a motor”
  • Often talk excessively

ADHD, Combined Type: This is the most common type and includes both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive symptoms.

ADHD Therapy for Adults

Managing ADHD requires a multifaceted approach:

ADHD Medication: Stimulant and non-stimulant medications can help improve attention and concentration by balancing the chemicals in the brain. Commonly prescribed medications include Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta, and Vyvanse.

ADHD Therapy: Behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and psychoeducation can be beneficial. It helps in understanding the condition and equipping individuals with strategies to manage their symptoms.

ADHD Lifestyle Changes: This includes regular physical activity, adequate sleep, and healthy eating habits. Additionally, working to minimize distractions when working and using tools and apps for reminders and organization can be beneficial as well.

ADHD Alternative Treatments: Some people with ADHD benefit from biofeedback, meditation, yoga, and certain dietary interventions. However, it’s crucial to discuss with a professional before trying any alternative treatment.

At Mountain Vista Psychology, Dr. Stecker is Board Certified as a diplomate in QEEG (less than 100 people worldwide have achieved this certification). She artifacts all the brainwave data and guides protocol selection for each client at MVP. All clinicians have a Master’s degree in counseling and have been trained by Dr. Stecker in neurofeedback. Each clinician is either board-certified in Neurofeedback or en route to obtaining certification. In addition, each clinician is a gifted counselor who is able to support with counseling services if needed. Together as a team, we meet weekly to discuss the progress of each client to ensure the best care possible.

ADHD Impact on Adults

In addition to these difficulties, those with ADHD often struggle with feelings of failure. They may have anxiety because they worry about not getting stuff done that they need to complete. Adults with ADHD may feel as though they underperform at work. Some feel as though they perform well, but they have to try too hard and are tired. For some people, their relationships are impacted.

When learning how to manage ADHD as an adult, it helps to look for medical professionals who take a comprehensive look at the effects of those with ADHD and the relationships they have. For some, this may mean looking at therapies to manage the effects of ADHD and anxiety. For others, it may look at occupational therapies that seek to help adults with ADHD and their work. Regardless of the method, treating ADHD is rarely as simple as a prescription, and individuals struggling with ADHD need to look for healthcare professionals willing to look at all options.

Next Steps for ADHD Counseling

If this sounds like you, Mountain Vista Psychology can help. We offer a variety of services, from the initial ADHD diagnosis for adults, to interventions and support, so that you can live a better life. You don’t have to keep struggling.

Call (720) 583-9332 to schedule an appointment or a free 20-minute phone consultation.

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