ADHD is Adult Attention-Deficity/Hyperactive Disorder. ADHD is a mental health condition. It encompasses a wide range of persistent problems that affect your day to day life. The symptoms include: difficulty paying attention, impulsive behavior, and hyperactivity. Other symptoms include unstable relationships, low self-esteem, or poor work or school performance.
ADHD was known traditionally as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). The change in the coding description changed the diagnostic criteria. This effectively changed the naming conventions. This excluded ADD and added ADHD as the updated diagnosis The diagnostic criteria was changed to more effectively describe the condition. This is the current diagnostic standard and what Providers must follow for insurance billing and documentation regulations.
When do symptoms of ADHD begin?
Symptoms of ADHD most likely begin in childhood. 13% of men and just 5% of women will be diagnosed with ADHD in their lifetime (1). ADHD can be hard to diagnose and isn’t recognized to be able to be diagnosed until adulthood clinically. Symptoms may decrease over time but can still remain throughout their life. Hyperactivity may decrease but other symptoms like impulsiveness, difficulty paying attention, and restlessness.
What are the symptoms of ADHD
ADHD has a myriad of symptoms that can vary in severity. While the symptoms that we most associate with ADHD include hyperactivity, impulsiveness, and restlessness, even every day tasks can be a challenge for those living with ADHD. This can be a constant concern for many people. Some of the behaviors include, inability to focus, difficulty prioritizing, missing deadlines or important dates and events, or not following through to attend social engagements.
The inability to control impulses can impact many different facets of someone’s life. This can lead to anger, road rage, mood swings, and outbursts of anger.
Here are some of the other symptoms that you may experience living with ADHD:
- Problems prioritizing
- Poor time management skills
- Problems focusing on a task
- Trouble multitasking
- Excessive activity
- Poor Planning
- Problems following through and completing tasks
- Hot temper
- Trouble coping with stress
The traditional ADHD symptoms that we normally attribute to ADHD are hyperactivity, impulsiveness, and restlessness. This could lead to children experiencing difficulty in school and other facets of their life. Silver Lake Psychology focuses on helping adults with ADHD and preteens 14 and over.
Based on Statistics by the APA, American Psychiatric Association, Men are more than three times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than females. (1). This shows that ADHD is much more common in males over females but there are still cases in both genders. Many studies have also shown a correlation between ADHD and those having other coexisting mental health conditions.
How to Diagnose ADHD
ADHD can be difficult to diagnose. Many people experience ADHD in addition to other mental health conditions like we previously mentioned. The most common way to test is the Conners Test. Silver Lake Psychology is now offering the Conner’s Test to help diagnose ADHD in adults. We recommend anyone thinking about ADHD and it’s symptoms begin testing. It’s best to know what you’re experiencing whether it’s ADHD or another mental health condition.
What is the Treatment for ADHD
About 4% of the population experiences ADHD and its symptoms (3). While medication can be prescribed, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is a trusted solution for living with ADHD. At Silver Lake Psychology we have many ADHD therapist specialists to ensure that you are receiving the best chance for clinical success. They specialize in CBT and other complementary therapies to ensure that you have your choice of therapist.
Why Silver Lake Psychology
Silver Lake Psychology is a premier choice for therapy, especially if you’re looking for an ADHD Therapist or testing. We specialize in providing industry-leading therapy services and custom match our clients and therapists. We work with insurance and have affordable self pay rates. Our whole goal is that you are matched with your ideal therapist. This is a huge factor in whether therapy will be effective for you and something that we pride ourselves on!
Why see an ADHD Therapist at Silver Lake Psychology?
Silver Lake Psychology Therapists are trained ADHD specialists that have years and years of experience. We help you work through co-occurring mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. Our goal is to help you work to reduce your symptoms.
Silver Lake Psychology also offers the Conner’s Test to help diagnose ADHD. Testing is critical to ensuring the correct diagnosis and that you get the help that you need. This means that Silver Lake Psychology uses established, industry-accepted diagnostic procedures to ensure that we create a care plan to best help you. Those who think that they may be experiencing ADHD should contact Silver Lake Psychology. We’ll put you in touch with your ideal therapist and help you to better understand your symptoms, perform testing if needed, and help you improve your quality of life!
We also offer other services like Addiction Specialist, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Personal Therapy, Teen Therapy, Trauma Therapy, Couples Therapy, OCD Specialists, Depression Specialists, Telehealth, and a lot more!
1,2,3 ADHD Numbers: Facts, Statistics, and You – ADD Resource Center (addrc.org)
We are now offering tele-therapy for Teens ( 14 plus) Service Page 737