ADHD/ADD

Do you struggle with attention and focus?

Do you have difficulty setting priorities and time management?
If this lack of focus is getting you down, you may suffer from ADHD.

People with ADHD/ADD also struggle with anxiety, self esteem and difficulties in relationships. If this is you, learn how therapy can help.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention-deficit disorder (ADD) are conditions where a person will have extreme problems with distractibility, to the point that it causes an issue with school, home, or relationships. People dealing with ADHD will often also experience hyperactivity and impulsivity. ADHD and ADD can affect both children and adults and, while ADHD is often diagnosed in childhood, adults who have been suffering from symptoms in the dark for decades may realize that they, too, have ADHD once their children have been diagnosed.

Our Toronto based therapists can help you manage ADHD symptoms by improving executive functioning skills.

ADHD/ADD Symptoms

ADHD symptoms vary, but there are a few constants:

  • Fidgeting and squirming
  • Unfinished tasks or unable to start new tasks
  • Lack of focus
  • Emotional turmoil/inability control emotions
  • Forgetfulness 

Treatment for ADHD should be multi-modal and evolve as required for each person’s specific needs. While medication is often the first step, it shouldn’t be the only one. The goal of ADHD treatment is to decrease symptoms and to use strategies to improve daily life. There is no cure for ADHD, but symptoms can be better understood and addressed through neurofeedback therapy.

What kinds of therapy help with ADHD?

There are many evidence based approaches to help people manage their lives with ADHD. Medication is only one approach and needs to be complemented with other strategies.

Many people prefer to seek out alternative treatments to medication like psychotherapy, neurofeedback or mindfulness training.

Neurofeedback trains the brain through strengthening activity of the frontal lobes with PIR neurofeedback or changing brain wave patterns that increase focus with EEG neurofeedback.

People who struggle with ADHD also suffer from higher rates of anxiety and depression and can benefit from talk therapy that will help them understand and accept the challenges that people living with ADHD often face. This can be particularly helpful for adults who are faced with a later diagnosis of ADHD and may need help adapting to the diagnosis or managing relationships.

ADHD coaching can also help people with behavioural strategies that help them stay organized and focused.

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Did you know?

ADHD occurs in 4% of adults and 5% of children worldwide. Scientific studies have shown that ADHD is heritable and will often persist throughout someone’s life.