Online Therapy for ADHD in Roswell, GA
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by persistent patterns of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that can significantly impact an individual’s daily functioning. Some common symptoms of ADHD include fidgeting, forgetfulness, restlessness, trouble focusing, and impulsive decision-making. Meet Dr. Kirsten Ramey and get online therapy for ADHD. For more information, contact us today or schedule an appointment. We serve clients from Roswell GA, Mountain Park GA, Dunwoody GA, Sandy Springs GA, Alpharetta GA, and surrounding areas.
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We’ve all done it – daydreamed in class, fidgeted at the dinner table, did something without thinking, and forgot our homework. But these things, however normal and mundane, can also be signs of one of the most common childhood neurodevelopmental disorders – Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. It is also sometimes referred to as ADD or attention-deficit disorder, but this is outdated, and ADHD is now the term officially used.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders affecting a child’s neurodevelopment with, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 6.4 million children have been diagnosed in the United States.
Many people experience periods of inattention, trouble focusing, and impulsivity, but for those with ADHD, these behaviors are more frequent and more severe, and affect the way they function at school, work, or in social situations. The main components of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Some people with ADHD show more signs of inattention, others more hyperactivity-impulsivity, and others exhibit both.
People with symptoms of inattention may often:
• Make careless mistakes at school, work, or during other activities
• Be unable to pay attention during conversations, schoolwork, lectures, or lengthy reading
• Find it hard to follow instructions and get easily sidetracked
• Have difficulty doing things in order, organizing tasks or activities, and meeting deadlines
• Have difficulty with time management
• Avoid tasks that require a certain level of mental effort, such as homework, or preparing reports
• Misplace everyday things such as school supplies, wallets, keys, paperwork, or cell phones
• Be easily distracted
• Be forgetful in daily activities
People with symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity may often:
• Fidget and squirm
• Leave their seats when they’re expected to be seated
• Run around or climb at inappropriate times or feel restless
• Be unable to do tasks or hobbies quietly
• Be always on the go
• Talk excessively
• Answer questions before they’ve been fully asked, finish other people’s sentences, or talk over people in conversations
• Have difficulty waiting their turn
As mentioned above, the term ADD is no longer used following the American Psychiatric Society’s revision of the criteria used in the diagnosis of ADHD. However, ADD is still sometimes used interchangeably with ADHD and most people understand that the two are essentially the same. ADD, or attention-deficit disorder was previously used to describe people (usually children but adults can also be diagnosed) who have problems in paying attention but are not hyperactive. ADD has been replaced by the type of ADHD called “predominantly inattentive”. The term ADHD became official in May 2013 when the American Psychiatric Association released the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5)”, which changed the criteria used to diagnose ADHD.
If you see your child, or other loved one, regularly displaying any of the symptoms commonly associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, especially if they’re affecting success at school or work, or in their relationships, it is advisable to seek professional help of a therapist. With children, teachers and other professionals can often see the signs sooner and more clearly as they are with the child in situations that necessitate attention and focus; they should share their observations with the parent(s) who can then decide the best course of action. If you or a loved one are seeking help or want more information on mental health disorders or therapy, call or schedule an appointment online with PersonAll Counseling in Roswell, GA. We serve clients from Roswell GA, Mountain Park GA, Dunwoody GA, Sandy Springs GA, Alpharetta GA, and surrounding areas.