Therapy for ADHD
Myth #1: ADHD is a disorder of childhood:
While some people may experience a decrease in symptoms as they get older, lots of people deal with the symptoms of ADHD well into adulthood.
Myth #2: People With ADHD Are Always Hyperactive:
There are two types of ADHD; predominantly hyperactive and predominantly inattentive (previously called ADD). Typically the hyperactive type has symptoms that are more apparent while the inattentive type often has symptoms that remain slightly “hidden”.
Emotional regulation can be a challenge for individuals with ADHD as the parts of the brain that typically regulate emotions are not communicating effectively with each other. This makes it really hard for individuals with ADHD to discern between a minor inconvenience and an emergency.
This can often lead to feeling overwhelmed, overstimulated and lead to high emotional reactivity
Myth #3: ADHD is Overdiagnosed
ADHD can oftentimes be misdiagnosed or sometimes missed by healthcare professionals completely. This can be because ADHD often presents differently in different people. Psychology Today suggests that ADHD is often misdiagnosed specifically in women as it tends to present differently than it does in men.
Myth #4: People who have ADHD are lazy
Individuals with ADHD often find themselves being mislabeled as lazy when they struggle with tasks that others find simple. ADHD can often be a challenge between a person’s capability, which can be sky high, and their capacity, which can sometimes be lower. Imagine we have an overpacked 1993 Toyota Camry piled high with luggage and people chugging its way up a steep San Francisco hill. When that car starts to sputter, we wouldn’t tell the car it’s being lazy, we would recognize the car is at capacity and try to lighten the load. Oftentimes, individuals with ADHD need a lighter load until they have mastered that load and can shift up to a heavier one.
Myth #5: ADHD is an Attention Deficit Disorder
“I can’t have ADHD, I can focus super well when I play video games or do something I enjoy”
This is because ADHD is not a deficit in attention but rather a deficit in attention regulation. The neurodivergent brain is a brain that is constantly seeking stimulation that increases dopamine. When it finds a task that gives us a lot of dopamine, it is easier to regulate attention to that task. When the task does not produce a lot of dopamine (think homework or cleaning) it gets really difficult to regulate our attention to that task.
What is an ADHD Certified Clinical Service Provider (ADHD CCSP)?
This is someone certified in diagnosing ADHD and helping you understand your symptoms so you can nurture them and make them work for you. Therapeutic services are aimed at helping you understand your brain, the way it functions, and the best way to support it. Services are also aimed at helping individuals regulate emotionally through the use of DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) .
Why is seeing an ADHD CCSP beneficial?
An ADHD CCSP can help you understand your neurodivergent mind and find strategies that will work best for you to help you navigate challenges in life. Our ADHD CSCSP hopes to help people understand and nurture their symptoms rather than try to change or mask their symptoms. While working with an ADHD CCSP can help improve many things including productivity and interpersonal relationships, it also is geared towards a better understanding of how your brain works to help make sustainable changes that will improve quality of life.
Why Would I Need Help?
You are struggling with time management
You are struggling with regulating your emotions
You are struggling with organization at home, work, or school
You struggle with starting or finishing tasks
You just want to understand how your brain works a little bit better
How do I get started?
If you are interested in learning more, do not hesitate to reach out via email at [email protected] or use our online platform to request a session.