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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In my view, ADHD is quite often a manifestation of disrupted attachment with a primary caregiver during early childhood; because the emotional neglect was too painful for our developing nervous systems to withstand for more than a few moments, we learned early on to "check out" or dissociate as a coping tool, as our survival in our earliest years is dependent on having a secure attachment to a caregiver. This can often look like an "attention deficit."

— Chris Chaplin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

ADHD often begins in childhood and can persist into adulthood. It may contribute to low self-esteem, troubled relationships, and difficulty at school or work. Symptoms include limited attention and hyperactivity. Treatments include medication and talk therapy.

— Kristena Brand, Addictions Counselor in Atlanta, GA

I work with several clients who have moderate to severe ADHD, which impacts their daily routine and schedule.

— Ashley Schrad, Counselor in Omaha, NE

Individuals with ADHD or ADD often face a variety of beyond their inability to focus attention, including difficulty with impulsiveness, extreme disorganization, inability to prioritize, time management, multitasking, low tolerance for frustration, mood swings, task completion, relationship issues and other problems. I have experience helping people develop a strategy to cope with these issues that includes, RET, DBT CBT and Behavioral techniques along with Meditation/Mindfulness.

— Mark Fox, Psychologist

I have experience working with both children and adults who experience ADHD. From supporting a child and family in making meaning of a suspected ADHD diagnosis to an adult who has known of their diagnosis since they were little, I bring expertise, compassion and knowledge to help support the process of exploration. Through meaning making, tools and coping skills, I meet those where they are at in their process around ADHD and help find ways to move more comfortably in the world.

— Kayla Tsongas, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

Living with ADHD I have had to learn tips and tricks to get by and I've worked with many psychiatrists so I understand the struggle to find the right medication just for it to stop working. ADHD does not have to be a curse, all the random facts and half-baked interests that have come and gone. I can help you use your ADHD to your advantage and get your life back. ADHD can leave you feeling like you are never good enough. Let's begin to change the narrative and see what we can accomplish.

— Andrew Brucker, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

ADHD is more than inattention. And it’s more than not being able to sit still. If you’ve been struggling with ADHD, you probably already know that it can affect everything from not meeting deadlines to procrastination, losing things, and being extra-sensitive to rejection by others. We have to work infinitely harder at things that other people find easy. I get it because I'm and ADHDer myself. Let's talk about how to live your best life with ADHD.

— Victoria Carey, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Myrtle Beach, SC

I have worked in urban and rural settings; during those years of practice, I have developed my skill and expertise in teaching and guidelines my patient to best, evidence-based, and holistic approach

— MOHAMED BAH, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

As I have mentioned before, working at the UFHealth Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment I have spent a significant amount of time with this population. I have a child that has been diagnosed with ADHD. I understand the processes with schools, medications, and interventions. In addition I have worked with experts to help my own child. Again, I have personal and professional ties to this neurodevelopmental disability.

— Megan Johnston, Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Candidate in Gainesville, FL

We counsel both children and adults with ADHD. With children we use play therapy and with our older clients we use behavioral and CBT and have great success with both children and adults.

— Donna Degrasse, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in New Port Richey, FL

Problems with attention, impulsiveness, and disorganization can sabotage an otherwise bright and motivated person. ADHD family therapy with me usually involves finding ways to structure the school and home settings to best support the young person. Adult ADHD coaching is similarly focused on work and home with the additional idea of "picking you niche" and best fit. Medication referrals and talking about medication are also common.

— Todd Koser, Psychologist in CHERRY HILL, NJ

We all have a range of skills and deficits. As a neuropsychologist, I am adept at assessing and providing psychotherapy for people with attention problems. Through our work you will learn about your strengths and how to best use those skills to manage your weaknesses. Through support and a little trial-and-error you will find ways to manage your daily life with more confidence and satisfaction.

— K Wortman, Clinical Psychologist in Oakland, CA

The pain and suffering associated with ADHD are underrecognized and too often misdiagnosed. Unfortunately, when ADD is diagnosed, it is too often viewed as an attempt at medication access--ignoring the many more harmful ways neurodivergents self-medicate. We'll work together to identify multi-pronged strategies to focus and prioritize.

— Denise Torres, Clinical Social Worker

Adult ADHD is underdiagnosed and misunderstood. Adult ADHD affects people's daily functioning in so many ways, as it affects executive functioning overall. I find that adults who have not been diagnosed, often assume they are just "defective" or "suck at life" and other people have figured out how to handle things better. Not true. With strategies and possible medication, adults I work with find that their world changes dramatically for the better once we begin implementation.

— Anya Surnitsky, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,

PCIT was developed through UC Davis Children’s Hospital and has been shown by 40 years of research and 100’s of studies to be the gold standard for treating child disruptive behaviors and can be used with children ages 1-10. A recent study has even shown PCIT to be more effective for disruptive behavior than stimulant medication. PCIT can also improve school behaviors, be used with siblings, and completed in as little as 14 session. And I can tell you how it worked wonders for my family.

— DC Hamilton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Claremont, 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!

— DC Hamilton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Claremont, CA

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

I focus on the emotional impacts of ADHD - for example Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria.

— Erika Barrington, Licensed Professional Counselor