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ADHD/ADD THERAPY AND TESTING

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ADHD/ADD creates a gap between ability and performance.  Issues with memory, motivation, inhibition, attention to detail, and self monitoring can hold you back from what you are capable of.  Empower helps you close that gap regardless of where you are in the treatment process.  If you are looking for therapy or diagnostic testing for ADHD/ADD, we can help.  Still not sure? You can also schedule a free 15 minute consultation to learn more about therapy and testing, click here to get started.  

 
 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS AN ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER?

Attention Deficit Disorders, including ADHD and ADD are most often characterized by deficits in memory, inhibition, motivation, ability to sustain attention, and self-monitoring.  Structural and neurological differences in the brain for individuals with ADD/ADHD are considered a primary cause for these deficits.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ADD AND ADHD?

ADD stands for Attention Deficit Disorder.  Individuals with Attention Deficit Disorder have symptoms related to inattention and do not have hyperactivity and impulsivity symptoms to an extent that interferes with daily life.  ADHD stands for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.  Individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder have symptoms related to impulsivity and hyperactivity exclusively or they have symptoms related to both inattention and hyperactivity/impulsiveness.

CAN ADULTS HAVE ADHD/ADD?

Yes, ADHD/ADD persist throughout the lifespan.  In order to make a diagnosis of ADHD/ADD in adulthood however, some evidence of symptoms prior to age 12 must exist.  Adults can be diagnosed with ADHD or ADD, however hyperactive symptoms tend to be more pronounced in adolescence and childhood than in adulthood.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF ADHD/ADD TESTING?

ADHD/ADD testing can be a means of confirming or testing for an ADHD/ADD diagnosis.  A written report is provided to clarify treatment goals, strengths and weaknesses related to diagnosis.  This report can help support requests for medication management services, requests for accommodations at work, and requests for academic accommodations.  

HOW IS ADHD/ADD TREATED?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for ADHD is recommended to manage symptoms of ADHD.  Medication management of ADHD is often recommended as well.  Treatment does not always require medication however.  The course of treatment should match the goals of treatment, and this is best determined collaboratively with a therapist.

WHAT IS COGNITIVE BEHAVIOR THERAPY (CBT)?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that emphasizes three major components: thoughts, feelings, and behavior.  Each component plays an influential role in the other components (i.e. thoughts affect feelings, feelings affect behavior, behavior affects thoughts etc.)  For example, someone with ADHD/ADD may start to view themselves as lazy after having to deal with issues with motivation without an explanation for most of their life.  Their thoughts could lead to feeling sad, which may in turn make them less likely to pursue their ambitions.  CBT focuses on intervening in a cycle such as this by challenging these thoughts and providing strategies to change the behavior.   

MY PARTNER HAS ADHD/ADD AND I AM LOOKING FOR HELP SUPPORTING THEM AND WITH OUR RELATIONSHIP.

We can help you! Gottman Method therapy is a highly regarded form of therapy that can be applied with education to both partners to support the relationship and management of ADHD/ADD.  Knowledge is power, and knowing what to expect from someone with ADHD/ADD and how to support them can empower both you and your partner to find harmony in your relationship.  If you are interested in couple's therapy or learning more, simply send us a message or give us a call.  For more information, click here.