Therapy for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Do you have a child or teen who is struggling with concentration, impulsivity, and hyperactivity? These are some of the common signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). At Decade2Connect, our therapists can help your child and your family overcome obstacles related to ADHD.

What is ADHD and what causes it?

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by difficulty with sustained attention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. It affects both children and adults but is most commonly diagnosed in childhood. ADHD can have a significant impact on an individual’s daily life, including their ability to focus and pay attention to tasks, manage time effectively, and regulate emotions and behavior.

The exact cause of ADHD is unknown; however, it is thought to be related to genetics, environmental factors, or a combination of both. Symptoms of ADHD usually begin before the age of 12. In order for a diagnosis of ADHD to be made, the symptoms must be present in more than one environment (e.g., home and school).

How To Identify ADHD In Young People

To diagnose ADHD in children and teens there are typically three core areas that need to be assessed:

  1. Inattention and distractibility

  2. Impulsivity and hyperactivity

  3. Executive functioning skills such as organization and planning

It’s important to note that ADHD doesn’t look the same in each child. There are typical signs you can look out for, however. Common signs of ADHD among children may include:

  • Difficulty paying attention or staying focused on tasks for long periods of time

  • Difficulty following instructions or completing tasks

  • Frequent interrupting or intruding on conversations or activities

  • Excessive talking

  • Difficulty waiting their turn during activities or games

  • Impulsive behavior such as not thinking before acting out

  • Restlessness or constantly on the go even when it’s not appropriate

  • Careless mistakes due to a lack of attention to detail

  • Disorganization

  • Fidgeting or squirming while seated during classwork

  • Trouble getting along with peers due to disruptive behavior

Treatment Options for Kids with ADHD

When it comes to treating ADHD in children and teens, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach and each child requires a tailored approach. At Decade2Connect, we explore a variety of options depending on the severity of the symptoms. Some options include:

Lifestyle changes: Providing structure and routine, limiting distractions, and encouraging positive behavior can be effective.

Medication: There are many ADHD medication options that can help treat ADHD symptoms by increasing focus and attention span. We will explore the best medication and treatment options based on each clients unique circumstances.

Psychotherapy: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is often used to help manage behaviors associated with ADHD. Family therapy also helps families adjust to living with a child who has ADHD.

Educational interventions: Working closely with teachers, school administrators, counselors, or other school personnel can help ensure that a child’s individual needs are met at school.

Contact Decade2Connect Today with Your Questions About ADHD

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us now and learn more about our services for kids and teens with ADHD. We’re here every step of the way to provide support and assistance on your journey toward wellness and recovery.

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