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ADD/ADHD: Recognizing The Warning Signs


When it comes to ADD/ADHD, diagnosis can be a bit tricky, so make sure that you seek advice from an ADD/ADHD specialist. The diagnosis could be a little difficult as ADHD may occur along with other disorders or its symptoms may overlap with them. Therefore, careful analysis is a must. The expert conducts a detailed analysis based on various factors like medical and family history, physical and neurological examination, psychological tests, screening tools, and observations.

Read on to identify some of the symptoms in children and adults that may hint at ADHD and call for your attention.

Identifying The Various Signs

The child or the adult may display some or all of the following problems if they are suffering from ADD/ADHD:

  • Problems running chores or following instructions with tasks such as paying bills or going grocery shopping
  • Getting upset over little things and not being able to sustain relationships
  • Forgetting Important Things
  • Frustration, guilt, and anger because of being ridiculed by colleagues and peers

Seeking Help For ADD/ADHD

The counselor and other professionals who assist in the treatment of ADHD can help in many ways. Treatment helps the patient improve performance at work, home, and school; interact and communicate clearly; control impulses and reactions; make and follow a daily time-table; be more systematic and disciplined; manage stress and anger; and manage time and money or studies.

Behavior counselors use various behavior modification techniques for the treatment of children, including rewards and consequences tied to the desired goals. With adults, counselors take more of a conversational approach, teaching them to release their emotional energies and coaching them to work toward their own treatment.

Cognitive-behavior counselors set up behavior modification agenda at school or work and at home; establish achievable goals for behavioral change; help families and teachers plan and follow the rewards and consequences technique. They work along with psychologists and behavior counselors to alter the thought patterns and schedules of the ADHD patients.

Educational specialists provide major assistance to counselors in controlling the impulses and observing the behavior of the children suffering from ADHD. They teach methods for performing successfully at school. They also help children obtain assistance from schools and aid in working toward improving their condition. In addition, they advise families about assistive technology.

If you believe you or a loved one may benefit from ADD/ADHD counseling, we invite you to contact us to set an appointment today. Please call us at (916) 412-5679 or fill out our contact form to the right, and one of our trained counselors will be in touch with you shortly. All prices are on a sliding scale based on your income.

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Dawn T Barry Hulme, Director, Marriage and Family Therapist MFCC 50153, Masters in Psychology with emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy

As the founder and lead counselor of Windows of Hope Counseling Center, it was my hope to create a non-profit agency offering effective and affordable counseling to the community. It is my belief that everyone deserves to be nurtured and supported during their healing process. Many times while on our life journey we can become confused and experience difficulty finding our way. My hope is to help clients become anchored so that when life difficulties become part of their journey they stay flexible while keeping their direction intact. I specialize with couples and individuals using "Imago" therapeutic techniques along with mindfulness based practices.

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