ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is the term used by the American Psychiatric Association for a group of symptoms that is characterized by getting easily distracted, being hyperactive or restless, and acting on impulse. Although everyone has these traits to some degree, they are more intense in people with ADHD.
People with ADHD traits have problems with executive functions: planning, organizing, starting and stopping activity, managing behavior, persisting on tasks, problem solving, and working memory.
ADHD used to be called ADD/ADHD, because some people do not have hyperactivity. Today, ADHD is still often referred to as ADD.
ADD or ADHD is diagnosed by taking a family history, asking a number or questions to see how many symptoms you or your child have, and finding out how they manifest in different situations.
ADHD is not like other medical disorders, because there is no biological or medical test for it.
Also, many other problems, such as anxiety, depression, and some learning disabilities, can have similar symptoms.
It’s easy to get discouraged when things take you longer to complete, and you meet with frustration at not being able to do the things you know you are capable of doing.
But with support, persistence, and the right tools, you can accomplish your goals.
We are all unique. Those with ADHD traits may be even more talented and creative, but also more complex than others, and need more time to develop strengths.
There are many creative, intelligent children and adults who do not do well in traditional school and work settings, but who thrive when they are given one-to-one attention and are able to do the things they love.
Taking medication is an individual decision. But medication is not an effective long term solution, and it does not address the deeper issues of ADHD.
Holistic ADHD Treatment in New York City
If you have been diagnosed, or feel that attention issues are interfering with your day-to-day life, there are many holistic ADHD treatment options other than (or in addition to) medication that you may consider, such as: counseling, coaching, nutrition, supplements, exercise, lifestyle changes, working with talents and interests, yoga, meditation, and breathing techniques. These treatments have shown to be very effective for many people.
Please see the Resources page for some reference materials on these subjects. Contact me for a free consultation. I offer comprehensive alternative ADHD treatment in NYC, but I work with people in all parts of the country on the telephone and via Skype.