ADHD

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.

Meet the specialists

I first became deeply interested in serving adults with ADHD in 2002 while working in college mental health. Despite excellent graduate training, I had to teach myself through readings, professional trainings and CHADD conferences (Children & Adults with ADD), and have continued immersing myself ever since. 17 years later, adults with ADD / ADHD are my people, and college students with ADHD have a special place in my heart.

— Dr. Laura Forsyth, Psychologist in Camarillo, 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
 

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

I have a personal involvement with ADHD. And while ADHD may be over diagnosed, I can attest that the combination of ADHD and exposure to the internet is the equivalent of providing crack to a cocaine addict. Aside from medication, there are many other techniques which can be employed to provide better self-regulation, in you, or your child/teen.

— Sandy Marsh, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

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

Provide individual and group counseling to address self esteem, organization, and mental health issues related to ADHD including stigma

— Sue Smith, Counselor in White Bear Lake, MN
 

Many people do not understand the full impact ADHD can have on someone's life. Most of those in my practice have an ADHD diagnosis and or are seeking an evaluation to determine whether they meet criteria. Many children, teens, and adults come for counseling or neurofeedback. We get those with ADHD and know how to help.

— Steffanie Stecker, Counselor in Englewood, CO

I support people with ADHD, all types learn to have compassion for themselves. I find that there is a lot of overlap in the queer and trans communities with ADHD and neurodiversity in general and I find that I am especially attuned to working with these populations. My offices each have fidgets and toys to help client's focus and I'm skilled at following trains of thought that loop around without much context.

— Abigail Weissman, Psychologist in San Diego, CA

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 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 inside knowledge of Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder (and when the hyperactive piece is absent, too).

— Debbie Duquette, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Huntsville, AL
 

I became deeply interested in serving adults with ADHD in 2002, working in college mental health. Despite excellent graduate training, I didn't know much and taught myself through readings, trainings and CHADD conferences (Children & Adults with ADD). Treating ADHD requires a little different stance from many other mental health issues - I use my Cog-Beh toolbox with coaching add-ons. Adults with ADD / ADHD are my people, and college students with ADHD have a special place in my heart.

— Dr. Laura Forsyth, Psychologist in Camarillo, CA

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
 

I became deeply interested in serving adults with ADHD in 2002, working in college mental health. Despite excellent graduate training, I didn't know much and taught myself through readings, trainings and CHADD conferences (Children & Adults with ADD). Treating ADHD requires a little different stance from many other mental health issues - I use my Cog-Beh toolbox, coaching and humor. Adults with ADD / ADHD are my people, and college students with ADHD have a special place in my heart.

— Dr. Laura Forsyth, Psychologist in Camarillo, CA
 

I became deeply interested in serving adults with ADHD in 2002, working in college mental health. Despite excellent graduate training, I had to teach myself through readings, professional trainings and CHADD conferences (Children & Adults with ADD), and have continued immersing myself ever since. Treating ADHD requires a little different stance from many other mental health issues. Adults with ADD / ADHD are my people, and college students with ADHD have a special place in my heart.

— Dr. Laura Forsyth, Psychologist in Camarillo, CA
 

Children with attention deficit or hyperactivity often have a hard time following rules and directions, even though they really want to be able to do the right thing. But there is hope with Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) - a family treatment backed by 100's of studies and 30 years of research. With PCIT, together we can work to transform your child's behaviors and bring peace and warmth back to your family interactions again!

— Dawn Hamilton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Redlands, CA

While working at a psychiatric group practice in Downtown Manhattan, I had the pleasure of working with many adults diagnosed with ADHD. Many of these people were newly diagnosed, so much of the work we did focused on developing direct, concrete skills related to executive function difficulties combined with the emotional consequences of having untreated ADHD. Additionally, I have worked with many pre-teens and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD and anxiety or depression.

— Sabrina Tropper, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York City, NY
 

Many people do not understand the full impact ADHD can have on someone's life. Most of those in my practice have an ADHD diagnosis and or are seeking an evaluation to determine whether they meet criteria. Many children, teens, and adults come for counseling or neurofeedback. We get those with ADHD and know how to help.

— Steffanie Stecker, Counselor in Englewood, CO
 

I did a deep dive into serving adults with ADHD in 2002, while working in college mental health. There wasn't a lot for adults with ADHD back then - things are much better now! Counseling for ADHD & executive functioning problems can look a little different - just like ADHDers! I like to use my Cog-B and EF-coaching toolbox, creativity and plenty of humor. Adults with ADD / ADHD are my people and college students with ADHD have a special place in my heart.

— Dr. Laura Forsyth, Psychologist in Camarillo, 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