What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD Therapy Treatment Tampa Florida

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder. The core characteristics are difficulty with regulating attention and controlling impulses and hyperactivity.

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Generally, ADHD develops in childhood, although it might not be diagnosed until later in life. It continues into adolescence and adulthood. ADHD affects all aspects of life, including achievement in school and work, relationships, health, and finances. It also has an emotional cost, as many people with ADHD experience deep shame and a sense of failure as they struggle with daily activities other people seem to do effortlessly.

However, the good news is ADHD can be successfully treated and managed.

Symptoms of ADHD

Symptoms related to inattention include:

  • trouble paying attention in school or work

  • the appearance of not listening

  • failing to complete assigned tasks

  • avoidance of activities that require sustained focus

  • losing things

  • being easily distracted

Symptoms related to hyperactivity include:

  • restlessness

  • fidgeting

  • interrupting

  • frequent talking

  • intrusiveness

  • trouble paying attention

  • trying to do multiple things at once

Children and adults with ADHD may also have symptoms like:

  • insomnia

  • low tolerance for frustration

  • poor self-image

  • forgetfulness

  • disorganization

  • mood swings

  • "hyperfocus," a tendency to intensely focus on one task or event that precludes focus on other necessary tasks

ADHD Treatment

Treating ADHD often requires medical, educational, behavioral and psychological intervention. This comprehensive approach to treatment is sometimes called “multimodal” and, depending on the age of the individual with ADHD, may include:

  • parent training

  • medication

  • skills training

  • counseling

  • behavioral therapy

  • educational supports

  • education regarding ADHD

Working closely with health care providers and other professionals, treatment should be tailored to the unique needs of each individual and family to help the patient control symptoms, cope with the disorder, improve overall psychological well-being and manage social relationships.

For more information on the types of therapy that may help you or your child contact us today.

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