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ADHD Overview

ADHD is the world’s most commonly diagnosed mental disorder of children, but it can continue even into adulthood. At The Life Change Group, our team of licensed psychologists can use APA-recommended assessments to determine if you or your child presents any form of ADHD. According to WebMD, ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects nearly 3 million people in the U.S.

ADHD abstract art imageParents of children and adults with ADHD usually cite these three tell-tale signs: Inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. This disorder can have three possible diagnoses: Primarily inattentive type, primarily hyperactive/impulsive type, and combined type (a combination of inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive). With regular behavior therapy and counseling, we have found that many students can learn to thrive and channel their passion and energy in very productive ways.

What it Does to a Person

ADHD is more than just a momentary lapse of attention. It's a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that affects individuals in various ways and disrupts a person's ability to regulate attention, manage impulses, and modulate activity levels. For those with ADHD, the brain struggles to filter and prioritize information, leading to difficulties in focusing on specific tasks.

The impact extends beyond attention-related challenges. Individuals often experience:

  1. Impulsivity: Acting on sudden urges without considering the consequences.
  2. Hyperactivity: Excessive restlessness and a constant need for movement.
  3. Inattention: Difficulty sustaining focus on tasks and frequent daydreaming.
  4. Poor Executive Functioning: Challenges in planning, organizing, and completing tasks.

These effects can significantly influence academic, professional, and social aspects of life. However, with the right understanding and support, individuals with ADHD can effectively manage and thrive.

Behaviorsin Adults: Navigating Life's Challenges

ADHD doesn't vanish with childhood; it often persists into adulthood, albeit manifesting differently. Recognizing the behaviors associated with adult ADHD is crucial for timely intervention and support:

  1. Chronic Procrastination: Difficulty initiating tasks and completing them on time.
  2. Impaired Time Management: Frequent lateness and difficulties estimating time.
  3. Difficulty Concentrating on Tasks: Easily distracted and prone to making mistakes.
  4. Impulsive Decision-Making: Acting on impulses without thorough consideration.
  5. Emotional Dysregulation: Intense mood swings and difficulty managing frustration.

Addressing these behaviors requires a tailored approach, considering the unique challenges faced by adults with ADHD.

Treatment Options: Can You Cope?

Dealing with ADHD involves a multifaceted approach. We advocate for a comprehensive strategy tailored to each individual. Here are seven key treatment options:

  1. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is an evidence-based therapeutic approach that addresses negative thought patterns and helps individuals develop coping strategies. It's particularly effective in improving executive functioning skills.
  2. Behavioral Interventions: Targeted interventions focus on modifying behaviors and reinforcing positive habits. Strategies may include organizational skills training, time management, and self-monitoring techniques.
  3. Educational Support: Individuals with ADHD often benefit from tailored educational interventions, including individualized education plans (IEPs) and 504 plans. These accommodations provide crucial support in academic settings.
  4. Psychoeducation: Understanding ADHD is empowering. Psychoeducation sessions offer insights into the nature of the disorder, providing individuals and their families with the knowledge needed to navigate challenges.
  5. Executive Functioning Coaching: Executive functioning skills, such as organization and planning, can be honed through coaching sessions. This targeted approach helps individuals develop practical strategies for daily life.
  6. Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques: Incorporating mindfulness practices and relaxation techniques can enhance self-regulation, helping individuals manage their stress and anxiety.
  7. Support Groups: Engaging in support groups provides a sense of community and understanding. Sharing experiences and learning from others can be invaluable in coping with the challenges of ADHD.


In our fast-paced world, the impact of ADHD extends beyond individual lives, affecting families, schools, and workplaces. By understanding these disorders and the effective treatment approaches employed by psychologists, individuals can take proactive steps toward managing and overcoming challenges. The Life Change Group is committed to providing comprehensive and personalized care for those navigating the complexities of ADHD.