ADD/ADHD

Counseling for ADHD in Medina and Fairlawn Ohio

Did you know that 3-5% of all children have ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? Research shows that boys outnumber girls by an approximate 4:1 ratio. In today’s society, ADD and ADHD disorders are rapidly becoming a popular diagnosis for both children and adults.

Sometimes, the symptoms of ADHD and ADD will mimic Bipolar Disorder. In fact, as much as 50-70% of all children who have ADHD are at risk for developing other mental health problems, such as Conduct Disorder, Major Depression and Bipolar Disorder. Clinicians are not exactly sure which diagnosis leads to the other. However, having either disorder can be a painful, debilitating experience for the child unless help is received.

It is necessary to distinguish between the two diagnoses in order to treat them effectively. The basic problem of children who have ADHD is their inability to regulate and maintain behavior.

 

 

Symptoms of ADHD Include, But are not Limited to:

 

  • Hyperactivity
  • Distractibility
  • Poor follow-through
  • Poor listening skills
  • Task avoidance
  • Forgetfulness
  • Fidgetiness
  • Annoys others easily
  • Name calling
  • Interrupts others
  • Often acts as if he or she is being driven by a motor
  • Low self esteem
  • Rejection from peers and adults

 

Although children with ADHD may not behave any different than other children when they are watching TV, playing video games, or doing anything that they have mastered, the differences emerge on tasks that require sustained effort and concentration, such as schoolwork, presentations, etc. Children with ADHD simply have difficulty thinking before they act.

 

 

Treatment For ADHD Includes a Combination Of:

 

  • Physician involvement
  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Individual and group psychotherapy

 

In addition, family therapy is essential to assist parents in dealing with their child’s behaviors and learning how to cope with their own stress.

 

Avenues of Counseling and Mediation, LLC has locations in Medina and Fairlawn.  In both offices, we offer Clinicians who specialize in diagnosing and treating children and adolescents who have ADHD or ADD.

 

Clinicians that Provide Therapy for ADHD