ADHD can be characterized as both attention deficit and hyperactivity. When left unaddressed, ADHD can interfere with your child's daily tasks, self-esteem and academics. It is one of the most common mental disorders affecting children, adolescents and teens. There are many ways to describe ADHD and yet, it is unique to each individual.
A few of the symptoms of ADHD include inattention (not being able to keep focus), hyperactivity (excess movement that is not fitting to the setting) and impulsivity (hasty acts that occur in the moment without thought). ADHD is considered a chronic and debilitating disorder and is known to impact the individual in many aspects of their life including academic and professional achievements, interpersonal relationships, and daily functioning. ADHD can lead to poor self-esteem and social function in children when not appropriately treated. Adults with ADHD may experience poor self-worth, sensitivity towards criticism, and increased self-criticism possibly stemming from higher levels of criticism throughout life.
At Carolina Counseling Professionals, we look at the individual with understanding and without judgement. We focus on:
- Behavior therapy. We help kids develop the social, emotional, and planning skills that are lagging with ADHD. Behavioral therapy works in two ways, it changes your child's environment and teaches them "replacement behaviors." A therapist helps to teach kids techniques to manage their behaviors so they can feel successful, accomplish more, and have better relationships with parents, teachers, and friends.
- Parent coaching. Through coaching, parents learn the best ways to respond to behavior problems that are part of ADHD. Some intervention might include building a behavioral intervention plan, ways to reinforce appropriate behaviors and learn what is reasonable to expect from an ADHD child.
When ADHD is not treated, it can be hard for kids to succeed. This may lead to low self-esteem, depression, oppositional behavior, school failure, risk-taking behavior, or family conflict.
Treatment can make a dramatic difference in your child’s symptoms. With the right support, your child can get on track for success in all areas of life.
If you’re interested in learning more about ADHD therapy, contact Carolina Counseling for an initial assessment.