Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder that is typically characterized by a lack of impulse control, an inability to focus and pay attention, and hyperactivity. ADHD most commonly emerges in children and teens and can continue into adulthood. In fact, ADHD is the most common mental health disorder diagnosed in young people and sufferers often have trouble paying attention in school. ADHD must be diagnosed by a qualified clinician. In addition to medical interventions, seeing a mental health practitioner who specializes in the treatment of ADHD can help patients and their families better cope with many of the symptoms. Contact one of TherapyDen’s ADHD experts today.

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As a sufferer of Inattentive-Type ADHD myself, I understand that oftentimes feelings of internalized self-judgement and obsolete coping skills can be just as painful as the symptoms of ADHD themselves. And often the stress of accumulated incomplete tasks can snowball into new problems that seem to have a life of their own. I have helped many adults of all ages untangle these knots and gain a greater sense of self-acceptance, forward progression, and calm in their lives.

— Samuel Wilson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kensington, MD

If you are struggling with inattention or hyperactivity but wonder if you are too old to be diagnosed with ADHD, you are not alone. What is ADHD? ​ Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder presents as a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity. Sometimes inattention is dominant, sometimes hyperactivity is dominant, and sometimes there is a combination of the two. Undiagnosed ADHD is one of the most common developmental disorders, affecting millions of adults each year, along with their relationships. A common misunderstanding about ADHD is that it is a diagnosis that only applies to kids. But the reality is that many bright, high-achieving, and successful professionals struggle with distractibility and hyperactivity. Children with ADHD grow up to be adults with ADHD. Adults who made it through childhood without a diagnosis might only start to notice that their inattention in getting in the way of their goals or relationships as life becomes increasingly more complex and challenging. ​ 3 signs that you may have symptoms of ADHD: ​ ADHD is characterized by a persistent pattern of impulsivity and/or inattention that interferes with your ability to function in nearly all spheres of life including work and school, managing finances, relationships, and parenting. Here are 3 common symptoms that may indicate that you are struggling with symptoms of ADHD: ​ Impulsivity. Decisions are made quickly and it is easy for you to get derailed. Instant gratification often wins over long-term rewards. Impulsivity might sometimes look like being abrupt in social settings. Inattention. You lose focus easily, and find difficulty getting started with or staying focused on tasks. You might also notice that you especially struggle with activities that require sustained mental effort, and have difficulty getting organized. ​ Hyperactivity. In your adult self, you might notice that hyperactivity manifests as extreme restlessness, talking, or wearing others out with constant activity. If you think back to your behavior as a kid, you might have memories of excessive fidgeting and restlessness when you were supposed to be sitting still and focusing. ​ ​ But I can get by (most of the time)... ​ If you a high achieving adult who live with undiagnosed ADHD, you have likely adjusted your life to accommodate your inattention. Maybe you are a perennial entrepreneur, or someone who likes to have a lot of tasks and projects going on at the same time. Perhaps you have even scheduled your work day to meet your hyperactivity needs, creating a flexible schedule for yourself and working in a variety of settings. For the most part, it seems like your ADHD symptoms aren’t getting in your way. Maybe they even drive you and work in your favor most of the time. Except for when they don’t. The first step in tackling the problem is getting the proper diagnosis. We want to empower you to keep up with what's working, and find alternatives for what is not. We only want to help you change what you want to change. We are here to help you recognize your strengths, and overcome the embarrassment and insecurities that may have accumulated as a result of your undiagnosed symptoms. We will work with you to develop behavioral techniques to minimize the disruption and emotional toll ADHD can cause in your life. Our goal for you is that you feel more at peace and empowered in your life and relationships. ​

— Colin Boylan, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Berkeley, CA

Help to identify, develop personalize treatment plan to meet the needs of children and adults

— Deshane Gutierrez, Clinical Psychologist in Belize,

People often wonder if they "have ADHD." I work to help you develop tools to address disorganization, procrastination, anxiety and paralysis, distractibility and poor concentration, and other issues. We can also explore deeper beliefs about one's core self that manifest in maladaptive behaviors.

— Marie Mercado, Clinical Psychologist in Brooklyn, NY

Anyone who has struggled with attention or hyperactivity knows that it interferes with so many areas of life whether you’re an adult or child. Learning how to train the brain is essential to managing ADHD and optimal functioning at home, school or work.

— Lanette Barnett, Licensed Professional Counselor in Broken Arrow, OK

Has your child been diagnosed with ADHD or are you wondering what steps to take to find out if your child might have ADHD? We can work together to discover what your child’s needs are and how I can help your family. Boys and girls show signs of ADHD differently. Let’s talk and see what tools you and your child can gain to manage the symptoms of ADHD.

— Kim Martinez, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Tampa, FL

Provide treatment to help increase focus and attention. Teach mindfulness and relaxation strategies.

— Jeff Bright, Clinical Social Worker in Clinton, UT

I have training and expertise in ADHD counseling and coaching services including understanding issues of organization, sustained attention, task initiation, planning, prioritization, and other executive function challenges. If you would like counseling or coaching support, I invite you to contact me for a free consultation.

— Khloe Clawson, Counselor in Seattle, WA

I have ADHD and have studied this disordered at length. It has been one of my specialities since entering the field.

— Mike Elliot, Counselor in Pittsburgh, PA

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD formerly known as ADD, is a neurobiological condition that consists of symptoms of inattention and/or hyperactivity that are significant enough to interfere with an individual’s functioning. While symptoms of this condition are evident in childhood, many adults have not received proper assessment and treatment.

— Shari Grande, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Santa Clara, CA

I have worked and taken several trainings for ADHD. Though joked about it as look a squirrel ADHD can add complex problems to your life. I am able to help you gain skills to limits the negative side effects of ADHD and help you life the life you want to life. I work with adolescents and adult on gaining these skills in an academic, social, and work situations.

— Heather Emerich, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Westminster, CO

I have worked extensively with people with ADD/ADHD in group practice, inpatient and private practice. The unique issues that this community faces are real as is their struggles to maintain balance in their lives and deal with issues like anxiety, time management, financial concerns and taking possible medications to deal with their ADD/ADHD symptoms.

— Vincent Lamont, Counselor in Philadelphia, PA

Executive functioning difficulties, such as ADHD, can impact work, school, and family relationships. Working with organization, anticipation of consequences, planning, and mindfulness techniques can help create order, and a psychological evaluation can often be the key to understanding self, and ones' needs.

— Rachel Oppenheimer, Psychologist in Plano, TX

I have worked with children and adults with this disorder most of my life. My husband and children have coped with various forms of this disorder and the conditions that are often comorbid with it, including anxiety, depression, ocd, bipolar, sensory integration etc. I am continually updating my knowledge on what is effective in helping a client to minimize the negative aspects and utilize the assets that go along with this diagnosis. Each person's unique experience and needs are addressed.

— Tina Ottman-Boykin, Counselor in Plymouth, WI

Perform assessments and conduct evaluations for ADHD. This is followed with development of treatment plan including effective coping skills to become successful in overcoming associated obstacles.

— Beverly Hulbin, Licensed Professional Counselor in Minden, LA

ADHD therapy is a tailored collaborative partnership by which individuals are empowered to develop the awareness, cognitive processes, behavioral patterns, and environmental structures to overcome the performance deficits caused by weakened executive skills. Strategies and actions are designed to strengthen specific executive function skills, and progress is monitored by creating accountability in concert with goals.

— Mikayla Phan, Marriage & Family Therapist in Madison, WI

I offer behavioral management treatments.

— Ziv Bell, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Mercer Island, WA

Behavioral Therapies and Mindfulness are evidenced-based treatments for adult ADHD showing significant clinical benefits. I focus on these treatments and weave them together through the ACT model. I also have on tap tips, tricks and tools to offer education, therapy and coaching to individuals, groups, couples, and therapists. When working with couples and ADHD I overlay Gottman methods and the Fair Play approach.

— Jill Corvelli, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

As a trained Hallowell ADHD Coach and Therapist, I know that the ADHD brain has very real strengths, including creativity, empathy, curiosity, and big picture thinking. There are also some difficult challenges like inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. I help you to recognize what your brain needs so that your strengths can take center stage. Most likely, your brain needs higher stimulation to get the same activation of dopamine and norepinephrine.

— Paul Abodeely, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA

Most of the people I treat for ADHD are adolescents and young adults. For the adolescents they usually are experiencing difficulties in following through with their chores and school assignments and for the young adults, they are often dealing with a lack of direction in their lives resulting in a failure to launch into independent living. I primarily address ADHD symptoms through cognitive behavioral strategies, aimed at helping the clients become more disciplined in his activities of daily living. The therapeutic process is structured into small objectives which the clients builds upon towards improving focus and followthrough in his or her activities of daily living.

— Ugo Uche, Counselor in Tucson, AZ

I use advanced computer software that accurately measures attention through a computer game. Images are flashed on the screen and a clicker is used to measure your responses. Results can’t be faked and the test is able to accurately identify if you have ADHD or not. To learn more about computerized ADHD testing or to schedule a formal evaluation, call my office at (904) 615-8643. I will be happy to discuss the testing process with you. My testing fee is very reasonable.

— George Joseph, Therapist in Neptune Beach, FL

My expertise in ADHD comes from being a psychologist, who also has a child diagnosed with combined type ADHD. Through years of reading and research, I have come to understand as both a parent and a psychologist, how to take an active approach to addressing common issues associated with this diagnosis. I also specialize in the assessment of ADHD and am a professional member of the ADDA (Attention Deficit Disorder Association.)

— Tina Schneider, Psychologist in Westerville, OH

I often take an out of the box approach incorporating art, media and play when working with clients with ADHD. These methods are not only self-regulating tools that provides enormous evidence for increased self-empowerment, sense of control and focus. A child might create a mask expressing an aspect of him/herself and then act out a dialogue expressing another part of him/herself in a dramatic way. This offers a safe tool for expressing self and offers a physical release of energy.

— Deborah J Adler, Creative Art Therapist in Roslyn, NY

People often wonder if they "have ADHD." I work to help you develop tools to address disorganization, procrastination, anxiety and paralysis, distractibility and poor concentration, and other issues. We can also explore deeper beliefs about one's core self that manifest in maladaptive behaviors.

— Marie Mercado, Clinical Psychologist in Brooklyn, NY

Academic and social tasks become more demanding. Conditions such as attention-deficit hyperactivity (ADHD) and oppositional behavior may interfere with learning. I have experience with setting IEP goals working with teachers and implementing behavior plans in a school setting.

— NaTasha Bailey, Marriage & Family Therapist in Chula Vista, CA

I am not only a practitioner dealing with the affects of ADD/HD but I also have ADD/HD. It means I understand the ramifications both good and bad and understand how it can be used to become successful in life.

— Howard Chusid, in Hallandale, FL

Working with adults and children with ADHD is a passion of mine. When I say, I understand how you might feel. I really mean that. ADHD in women is most commonly diagnosed around thirty-five. I can't wait to help you begin to understand how your brain works, how much ADHD has impacted your life and come up with a plan to support you. Remove the shame from feeling different and doubting yourself constantly.

— Elizabeth Armstrong, Counselor in Colorado Springs, CO

Many adults experience difficulties with losing track of things, difficulty being on time, challenges with meeting deadlines or completing projects, and especially with starting projects even when they have been excited about them. Children with ADD/ADHD grow into adults with these symptoms, and this can create a tendency to beat yourself down and develop depression and anxiety, for not being able to track things or do things like other people seem to do. Allow me to help.

— Christi Proffitt, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

ADHD is more than just problems paying attention. Neuropsychological evaluations can help provide information on problem solving skills, learning and memory difficulties, and co-occurring emotional problems like anxiety or depression and how those areas are affecting you or your child in day-to-day life.

— Alexandria Perle, Clinical Psychologist in Wheaton, IL