Compassionate Care for ADHD
You are more than your ADHD diagnosis
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can impact adults, children, and teens. From difficulties at school or work, to strained relationships, and even mental and physical health challenges, ADHD has many symptoms and associated behaviors, and their impact on individuals varies from person to person.
When left unmanaged, ADHD can feel overwhelming and frustrating. If you or a loved one need help managing your ADHD symptoms, the good news is you are not alone. The professionals at The Juniper Center are here to help you on your path to achieving mental health and living a life beyond ADHD diagnosis.
Children and Teens
It’s a natural part of life: children and teens occasionally act impulsively, test boundaries, and sometimes find it challenging staying on task. However, if your child or teen begins to exhibit these behaviors excessively or they become chronic, they may struggle with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
As parents, we want the best for our children. It can feel overwhelming and frustrating constantly addressing challenges such as hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattentiveness, especially when these behaviors begin to impact your child’s home and life. Whether your child has been recently diagnosed with ADHD or you need help dealing with behaviors of a more chronic nature, the experts at The Juniper Center here to help.
Adults and Young Adults
ADHD can impact young adults and adults. Commonly called adult ADHD, symptoms start in early childhood and continue into adulthood. In many cases, ADHD is not recognized or diagnosed until the individual is an adult. Managing ADHD as an adult can feel overwhelming and frustrating. When left unmanaged, ADHD symptoms can lead to unstable relationships, poor work performance, low self-esteem, and other problems.
Unlike with children, adult ADHD symptoms may not be as clear. In adults, hyperactivity may decrease, but struggles with impulsiveness, restlessness and difficulty paying attention may continue. Treatment for adult ADHD is similar to treatment for childhood ADHD. Using a combination of compassionate psychological counseling and medication (when applicable) the mental health professionals at The Juniper Center are here to help you live a fulfilling life.
What is ADHD?
ADHD, previously also called Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)*, is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. It’s typically diagnosed in childhood and often lasts through adolescence and into adulthood. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors (may act without thinking about what the result will be), or be overly active. When left untreated, ADHD can negatively impact performance at school and work and can impact relationships with family and friends. Individuals with ADHD not only suffer from attentional difficulties in school, but ADHD can also negatively impact self-esteem.
At The Juniper Center, we work with individuals to help them manage and mitigate their ADHD. Our mental health professionals are committed to helping children, teens, and their families navigate the intricacies of ADHD by providing a safe, judgment-free environment to listen, learn, and experience growth. Working with your therapist, your child will learn to receive the necessary tools, support, and solutions they need to identify, control, and alleviate any obstacles associated with their ADHD/ADD diagnosis.
Characteristics of ADHD
- Difficulties starting or staying on task (easily distracted)
- Difficulties listening and following instructions
- Difficulties organizing tasks and activities
- Forgetting to complete tasks (such as homework assignments or chores)
- Excessive movement and fidgeting (such as tapping a foot or moving in a chair)
- Difficulties staying still in class or at the dinner table
- Constant movement (such as skipping, running, spinning, jumping, etc.)
- Difficulties completing a task or playing quietly
- Excessive talking, singing or humming
- Excess interrupting (such as yelling out the answers in class)
- Trouble waiting for his or her own turn
- Interrupting (such as during activities, games, or during conversations)
- Avoiding tasks that require mental effort for an extended period of time
*Note that with the most current DSM (DSM-V, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published by the American Psychiatric Association) ADD is not used anymore as a distinct diagnosis. Rather, ADHD can present with or without hyperactivity. In common language, ADD is still used interchangeably with ADHD. Clinically, with the publication of the DSM- 5, the term ADHD was retained along with the introduction of three specific subtypes (predominantly Inattentive, predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive, and Combined), defined by the presence of excessive symptoms of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity.
Helping You Live Your Best Life
At The Juniper Center, we understand it takes courage to ask for help, and you and your loved one don’t have to face your challenges alone. There is a life beyond an ADHD diagnosis. Using a combination of scientific techniques and compassionate care, we empower our clients to live their best lives – free of excess worry, panic, and fear. Our team of mental health professionals leverages their extensive experience and training to create individualized treatment plans to help our clients reach their professional, personal, and mental health goals.
What matters to you, matters to us. Contact a member of our team to schedule your no-obligation consultation today. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you on your journey.