Chicago ADD and AD/HD Counseling

A neurobehavioral disorder characterized by a combination of inattentiveness, distractibility, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.

Five to seven percent of children, most of them boys, are diagnosed with this developmental disorder. Some simply cannot concentrate; some become disruptive and defiant and have trouble getting along with parents, peers, or teachers. Adults may also suffer from the effects of ADD or AD/HD.

AD/HD is controversial: Is it a disorder at all or a collection of behaviors normally occurring in the population but less tolerated in today’s high-demand world? There are competing theories about what, if anything, goes wrong in the brain, although executive functioning (attention, emotion regulation, and decision-making) is invariably affected. Up to 50 percent of children eventually outgrow the condition, but even if they do, earlier developmental delays may create enduring learning problems.

Adult AD/HD Counseling

Diagnosing an adult with AD/HD is not easy. Many times, when a child is diagnosed with the disorder, a parent will recognize that he or she has many of the same symptoms the child has and, for the first time, will begin to understand some of the traits that have given him or her trouble for years—distractibility, impulsivity, restlessness. Other adults will seek professional help for depression or anxiety and will find out that the root cause of some of their emotional problems is AD/HD. They may have a history of school failures, problems at work, or frequent automobile accidents. A correct diagnosis of AD/HD can bring a sense of relief. The individual has brought into adulthood many negative perceptions of himself that may have led to low esteem. Now he can begin to understand why he has some of his problems and can begin to face them. This may mean, not only treatment for AD/HD but also psychotherapy that can help him cope with the anger he feels about the failure to diagnose the disorder when he was younger.

Because close relationships are so crucial to happiness and well-being, it’s important for those with ADD to be aware of the effects of their condition on others, and to develop skills for building stronger social ties. Maintaining fulfilling relationships can be a challenge for people with attentional problems. Because they are easily distracted, they may not appear to be listening to a loved one, or they may forget social plans or important errands.

The symptoms of ADHD fall into two distinct categories: inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity. Those whose symptoms are restricted to inattention aren’t usually as disruptive and therefore often go undiagnosed.

Symptoms of Inattention:

  • Difficulty maintaining attention
  • Easily distracted by surroundings
  • Difficulty following instructions carefully
  • Fails to accomplish tasks

Symptoms of hyperactivity/impulsivity:

  • Restlessness and fidgeting
  • Inability to remain seated or quiet
  • Excessive and inappropriate chatter
  • Difficulty waiting in line or taking turns
  • Interrupts or intrudes

If you or a loved one are struggling with ADHD/ADD, contact us at Symmetry Counseling. We can help you build the skills to maintain positive relationships at home and at work.