Understanding ADD & ADHD
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a chronic condition that is characterized by difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity, and, in some cases, impulsiveness. Whether or not you demonstrate symptoms of hyperactivity, ADHD is the official medical term for the disorder. ADD, on the other hand, is still sometimes used to describe inattentive-type ADHD, which is characterized by forgetfulness, difficulty focusing, and disorganization.
Most often, ADHD begins in early childhood and persists throughout adulthood. This inability to pay attention and focus can contribute to low self-esteem, difficulty at school or work, and trouble forming relationships both during childhood and adulthood.
Symptoms of focus-related disorders
Focus-related disorders such as ADD and ADHD can present with a number of behavioral and cognitive symptoms. If you’re an adult struggling with inattentive-type ADHD, you may experience:
- Difficulty focusing
- Problems paying attention or a short attention span
- Inability to complete tasks
- Making the same mistakes over and over
- Difficulty prioritizing tasks
- Constant daydreaming
While we all struggle to stay focused from time to time, people with ADHD experience these symptoms on a daily basis.
Therapy for focus-related disorders
Focus-related disorders are often misunderstood or even shrugged off entirely. Counseling can not only help in making an accurate diagnosis but can also help identify what kind of support you need to best manage your symptoms and achieve better success at work or in school.
Here at Wellington Counseling Group, we leverage the data found from your initial diagnostic assessment to create a customized therapy treatment plan for each and every patient we work with. Throughout counseling, you will learn how to better understand your symptoms and how they may hinder you throughout your day-to-day life. With this knowledge, we’ll equip you with coping mechanisms and behavioral tools that will help you learn to better manage your symptoms.
Therapy is important for anyone with ADHD. Without it, you may be misunderstood at work or school and accused of being lazy or unmotivated. Worse yet, without treatment, certain habits and patterns can emerge and persist, which can further contribute to feelings of overwhelmedness or inadequacy. Therapy offers an all-natural, drug-free way to help improve your symptoms and gain better control over your focus-related disorder.
Learn more about Chicago ADD therapy for adults
If you’re struggling to manage your ADHD, reach out to us at Wellington Counseling Group. We offer both assessment and counseling services so you can learn to best manage your disorder.
What are you waiting for? Schedule a session with our licensed counselors and therapists to learn more about our approach in Chicago to ADD therapy for adults.