ADHD Counseling & Therapists in Grand Rapids
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is usually diagnosed before the age of 12. However, most children with ADD/ADHD continue to meet the diagnostic criteria for this disorder well into their adolescence. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder can affect many areas of an adolescent’s life such as work, school, and relationships. The adolescent years of life are some of the most difficult and exciting years for many individuals and living with the ADD/ADHD diagnosis can make those years even more stressful and difficult.
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder can be described as a pattern of hyperactivity-impulsivity and/or inattention. This pattern can begin before the age of 12 and is presented most commonly at school and at home. There are 3 specifiers used to indicate a specific type of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); predominately hyperactive/impulsive presentation, predominately inattentive presentation, or a combined presentation.
- Predominately Hyperactive/Impulsive Presentation: These individuals show symptoms such as always being “on the go”, talking excessively, fidgeting frequently, interrupting others, blurting out an answer before the question is completed, at inappropriate times leaving seat, climbing or running, and difficulties waiting their turn.
- Predominantly Inattentive Presentation: These individuals show symptoms such as avoiding tasks that require sustained mental effort, failing to pay close attention to details, appearing forgetful, losing things, being easily distracted, and difficulties paying attention, following instruction, listening, and organizing.
- Combined Presentation: These individuals show at least six symptoms of hyperactive/impulsive presentation and six symptoms of inattention presentation.
Living with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD as an Adolescent
Adolescents with ADHD often show some difficulties in school even though their IQ is average or above average. They also may have social adjustment problems such as being the victim of peer rejection or having few friends. It is important to understand that the symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder may vary and can change as the individual gets older. Impulsivity may begin to appear as impatience, irritability, or reckless driving. Hyperactivity may begin to manifest as an inner sense of restlessness or feeling overwhelmed. Symptoms of inattention may manifest as an inability to prioritize and maintain tasks. It is important to provide adolescents diagnosed with ADHD the therapy and the support they need to learn to navigate while also living with the diagnosis.
ADHD Counseling in Grand Rapids
Adolescence is a period that is full of many changes and challenges as a child becomes an adult. Part of becoming an adult is having the ability of taking care of one’s own health. Having a mental health disorder as an adolescent is not easy and can often lead to resistance. Noncompliance with prescribed medical regimens is a common problem with adolescents for reasons related to wanting to make his/her own decisions, wanting to fit in socially, not trusting the health care provider, or lack of knowledge and communication. At Sollars & Associates our ADHD therapists in Grand Rapids strive to make sure adolescents are educated about their diagnosis and communicate with them to establish a plan during ADHD counseling that they are willing to follow and that works best for them.
Along with working directly with the adolescent, our ADHD therapists work with adults to help ensure they feel their child is getting the best care possible as they journey through life with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
If your child or adolescent is struggling with ADHD and could benefit from ADHD Counseling in Grand Rapids, give Sollars & Associates a call today!
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