Adult ADD Counseling
ADD is sometimes mistakenly thought of as a children’s disorder, frequently lumped in with hyperactivity and behavioral problems. However, 4.4% of adults in the US are diagnosed with ADD. Of those individuals, 41% of cases are considered severe. One of the hardest challenges for adult ADD sufferers is efficient time management.
It is difficult for most people with ADD to be aware of each step involved in getting to a location at a given time, and how long each step will take. Their disorganized thought process can make them unaware of how much time has passed, until they are startled by the realization that they’re running late. It’s possible to overcome this challenge and learn to be on time with the help of your ADD counselor. An extra pair of eyes can help you discover where you are losing time and what can be done to fix the problem. Your counselor will teach you techniques for untangling the mess of a chaotic life.
Symptoms of ADD
Causes of ADD
Some adults find that they have to re-read passages in a book several times because they tend to get distracted or “zone out”. Others have performance issues at work or college. Many have trouble waiting in checkout lines at the store and become irritable and restless when they must be still and patient. They seem distant or distracted when others speak to them and need an outside source to keep them entertained.
If adult ADD is not addressed, it can cause the sufferer to look for ways to calm their anxiety or ease their depression. Substance abuse is an unfortunate reality for many adults with ADD, which leads to more problems and even lower self-esteem. It’s no wonder so many people need help to break out of this downward spiral.
How We Can Help
ADD also requires the client to learn practical skills like how to realize when their mind is wandering and redirect it to the task they should be focusing on. Your counselor will practice these skills with you while you develop the self-awareness required to get ADD symptoms under control.