Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (otherwise known as ADHD) affects adults and children, limiting intelligent and creative individuals from being productive, staying organized, sustaining focus and avoiding distractions.
These individuals often have a great energy and excitement about their ideas, but have difficulty following through and completing tasks. We help clients develop behavioral strategies to aid them in improving their ability to maintain and direct their attention effectively. We help them identify how they get stuck and provide skills that can allow them to overcome these obstacles.
ADHD is characterized by symptoms of inattention and/or impulsivity that last for at least 6 months, often starting before age 7.
- Common symptoms include short attention span, disorganization, being easily distracted, tendencies to lose things necessary for important tasks, and forgetfulness in daily activities.
- Some people with ADHD experience hyperactivity (being always “on the go” or frequently feeling fidgety) or impulsivity (acting without thinking, interrupting others).
- Research has shown that individuals with ADHD generally have under-arousal in certain parts of the brain.
ADHD is treated by teaching individuals effective behavioral strategies, cognitive tools, and mindfulness techniques that help them better manage their daily lives.
- Organizational behavioral strategies and tools are provided to help clients work more in more focused ways.
- Cognitive strategies are important components of treatment to help clients manage the anxiety or depression often associated with their symptoms of ADHD.
Contact Behavior Therapy of New York to learn more about improving your attention and managing symptoms of ADHD.