ADHD

ADHD

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) begins in childhood, affecting 11% of children, and it continues to make life challenging for many of them throughout adulthood. At Dr. Burwell Speaks, LLC, Crystal Burwell, PhD, LPC, CPCS, BC-TMH, specializes in several types of psychotherapy that are proven to help people of all ages overcome their ADHD challenges and build a thriving life. To schedule an in-person or telehealth appointment, call the office in Atlanta, Georgia, or book online today.


ADHD Q & A

What is ADHD?

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that occurs as areas of the brain develop differently. These changes affect the brain's ability to regulate concentration and behavior, leading to problems like inattention and hyperactivity.

All children occasionally become overactive and have a hard time paying attention. By comparison, children with ADHD struggle with such severe and frequent challenges that their school performance drops, they have a hard time socializing, and they often disrupt family life.

ADHD is usually diagnosed around the age of 6-7, but the signs may appear at an earlier age. Some people don’t learn they have ADHD until their teen or adult years. At least one-third of children with ADHD struggle with the disorder throughout adulthood.

What symptoms occur due to ADHD?

Everyone with ADHD has one of three types: predominantly inattentive, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive, or combined. Those with combined ADHD have symptoms of both inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity.

Inattentive ADHD causes symptoms such as:

  • Not noticing details
  • Being easily distracted
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Making reckless mistakes
  • Not following directions
  • Struggling to finish tasks
  • Forgetting to do chores
  • Finding it hard to get organized
  • Avoiding tasks that require concentration

Hyperactive-impulsive ADHD causes symptoms such as:

  • Being unable to sit still
  • Being constantly active
  • Talking too much
  • Interrupting others
  • Not waiting to take turns
  • Making sudden decisions
  • Leaving their seat during a lesson or meeting

 

When children and adults have a hard time controlling their impulses, they often have problems with anger and frustration, and that may lead to sudden emotional outbursts.

How is ADHD treated?

Your therapist talks with you and your child and uses standardized testing to diagnose ADHD. Then they recommend a treatment plan designed to meet your unique needs.

Though many people with ADHD take stimulant medications, the team at Dr. Burwell Speaks, LLC, specializes in psychotherapy. They have extensive experience using several different therapies that effectively improve ADHD symptoms.

Psychotherapy helps children and adults learn new skills for managing the ADHD challenges that impact their life. For example, your therapist may focus on helping you find ways to overcome specific issues, such as difficulty socializing, poor organizational skills, anger issues, and low self-esteem.

As a holistic practice that values diversity and meets the needs of the LGBTQ community, the team at Dr. Burwell Speaks, LLC, understands that psychotherapy can also help as ADHD challenges intersect with the process of exploring gender identity.

If you or your child need help with ADHD, call the office or book online today to get an in-person or telehealth appointment.

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