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ADD/ADHD

What is ADD/ADHD?

The terms ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) are often used interchangeably. For purposes of simplicity, I primarily use the term ADD on this website. ADD/ADHD can exist with or without hyperactivity. (E.g. A diagnosis can be “ADHD-Inattentive Type”, or “ADHD-Hyperactive Type”.)

ADD is a neurological, often inherited, disorder that interferes with sustained focusing and can affect impulse control.  

It is often misunderstood as laziness or a lack of caring.  Fortunately, professional attitudes about ADD have moved away from a moral model of labeling individuals with ADD as lazy or uncooperative to one of recognizing ADD as a matter of unique brain wiring.  It is a very real challenge.  Someone suffering from ADD can actually feel paralyzed at times, as if they are up against a brick wall and cannot move ahead with action. Coaching provides a partner to help us through that "stuck" feeling - to pause and consider options for moving forward.  It also provides a means of accountability for the client

 Symptoms Include:


  • Daydreaming.
  • Inability to stay in seat.
  • Being late with assignments.
  • Not completing tasks or projects.
  • Making careless mistakes.
  • Difficulty sustaining attention.
  • Problems following instructions.
  • Losing things.
  • Being easily distracted. 
  • Being forgetful in daily activities.
  • Fidgeting a lot.
  • Acting as if driven by a motor (or feeling like a motor inside).
  • Talking excessively.
  • Difficulty waiting or taking turns.

 Traditional Triad of ADD Subtypes, or Presentations:
 

       Predominantly Hyperactive/Impulsive


       Predominantly Inattentive


       Combined

 The Combined type is the most common.

 ADD Coaching Can Help With The Following Issues:

    ·        Procrastination

·         Organization

·         Career issues

·         Studying and homework

·         Self-esteem

·         Executive Function (such as organizing, prioritizing, focusing, working memory, self-regulating action)

 Benefits of ADD Coaching May Include:

·         Increased efficiency!

·         Less overwhelm!

·         Enhanced self-esteem!

·         Less clutter!

 ADD Coaching can help adults of all ages, children, adolescents, and college students.

 Note that I offer check-ins between coaching sessions via email, text, or phone calls, to help hold you accountable in pursuit of your goals.
 

 Contact me today for a free consultation!

 

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