Adult ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder begins in childhood and for around 70% of people continues into adulthood. The symptoms of ADHD can change over time and are often different in adulthood than in childhood and can even differ between males and females.

Do I have ADHD?

ADHD symptoms can be divided into these categories:

  1. Poor attention and focus:
    • Difficulty maintaining attention on tasks you find boring or difficult
    • Procrastination and need for external pressure, like deadlines, to complete tasks
    • On the other hand you may be able to hyper-focus on interesting tasks or when under great pressure to perform
  2. Impulsivity:
    • This means acting before thinking about the consequences
    • Because of impulsivity, ADHD is highly associated with problems such as addictions, overspending, legal problems, and difficulties maintaining jobs and relationships
  3. Hyperactivity:
    • Can be external and physical (e.g. fidgeting, pacing, talking excessively) or internal and not visible to others (a sense of disquiet and restlessness, inability to shut off one’s mind)
  4. Executive function problems:
    • Executive functions are a broad range of mental abilities that allow us to plan, organize, and complete tasks. This category overlaps with some of the ones above.
    • Typical issues include problems with memory, cognitive flexibility, and

ADHD in adults

A few hundred years ago society didn’t demand us to sit for hours in a classroom or behind desks and do repetitive and boring jobs. ADHD is simply not a good match with our current societal demands, but perhaps this wasn’t always the case.

I help adolescents and adults with a wide range of issues associated with ADHD. This can be from successful adults who are struggling with a certain aspect of their work or relationships to adolescents struggling with academics or conflict.

My program involves:

  • A comprehensive assessment for adults
  • Identifying the actual impact ADHD is having on your life and performance
  • Explaining why you are experiencing these struggles
  • Teaching effective behavioural techniques to overcome these struggles
  • Follow-up and coaching to make sure you continue to use these techniques
  • Referral to a psychiatrist if you feel you’d like to use medication

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