Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurological condition characterized by symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity or a combination of symptoms. 

Women with ADHD typically report feeling out of control.  They are more likely to demonstrate inconsistent career performance; have difficulty with day-to-day responsibilities; experience relationship problems at work and home; and may have have chronic feelings of frustration and guilt.  Some women are more successful in hiding their ADHD, yet struggle in silence.  When left untreated ADHD can be complicated by other conditions like dysphoria, major depression disorder and anxiety that tend to co-occur with ADHD .

Symptoms

  • Careless mistakes/lack of attention to details

  • Lack of sustained attention

  • Not following through on tasks

  • Poor organization

  • Easily distracted by external stimuli

  • Frequently on the go

  • Leaving seating when remaining is expected

  • Excessive talking

  • Blurting out answers

  • Feeling of restlessness

  • Avoiding tasks requiring sustained mental effort

 
 

How can counseling help?

Counseling addresses every aspect of ADHD, not simply the symptoms.  Effective treatment of ADHD in adult women involves, psychotherapy, stress management, and the development of organizational and executive functioning skills.