ADHD Counseling & Therapy

Melanie Wells

LPC, LMFT, LPC & LMFT Supervisor

After eight long years of rock-busting in conventional counseling practices, Melanie Wells founded The LifeWorks Group in 1999 to offer clients a fresh, innovative approach to the everyday problems of life. Since that inauspicious beginning (we had two pleather chairs, a broken copier and about $7 in the bank) LifeWorks has trained hundreds of interns and helped tens of thousands... Read More

Does My Child Have ADHD? (…Or Could I?)

Does your child’s boundless, unfocused energy remind you of a rambunctious, untrained puppy? You have your fair share of “Awww” moments; but it’s a daily battle to outpace the tidal wave of household destruction. Is the only person less amused by your child’s “youthful vigor”, also your secret partner in pain: aka your child’s longsuffering teacher?

If so, your child may be the poster-kid for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (or ADHD). Trust us: You’re not alone on this one! 1 in 10 school-aged children will be diagnosed with ADHD before age 18. (And, we’re not the kind of people who are going to chalk up your everyday struggle to “over-diagnosis”; ADHD may be a modern phenomenon, but us exhausted mommies and daddies know: it’s the realest!)

There are three clusters of symptoms that compose ADHD. They are:

  • Inattention:
    • Neglecting details—particularly in schoolwork (Complicated long division problems or critical reading passages? Yeah, forget it!)
    • Goldfish-like attention span (including forgetfulness or easy distractibility)
    • Disorganization (Just take a quick peek into your child’s locker or bookbag to get a feel for what I mean!)
    • Absence of listening skills (especially when it’s important!)
    • Difficulty meeting school deadlines or adhering to time constraints (for example: while trying to finish a timed test)
  • Hyperactivity:
    • Fidgety or seemingly unable to occupy a seat (a frequent “perpetrator” of classroom wandering)
    • Running or climbing exceeds the normal bounds of childhood play
    • Amped up, like being fueled by a diesel-powered engine
  • Impulsivity:
    • Boisterous (ear-splitting) or intrusive behaviors (blurting out answers to schoolwork; interrupting playmates; speaking purposelessly or at the decibel level of jet planes)
    • Waiting his/her turn or asking for permission isn’t your child’s strong suit (…or even… their weak suit)


…But What If I’m An Adult?

Adults can have ADHD too! But, thanks to years of practice and our fully developed frontal lobes, we’re a little better at concealing our condition from the masses. Nevertheless, more subtle symptoms of ADHD in adults may include:

  • A pattern of failed deadlines in academic or occupational settings
  • Procrastination or poor time management skills (including a lack of punctuality)
  • Forgetfulness or disorganization (when it comes to organizing your workspace, paying the bills, remembering to attend meetings, lectures, or appointments)
  • Distractibility (A funny paradox: Do you require a source of sound—television or music—in order to block out the sound of silence and finish your assignments on time? Do you attend lecture for 90 minutes only to never remember what your teacher was droning on and on about… because social media happened? And you waged a heated internal debate entitled: spoon and fork vs. spork?)

If any of those traits sound like you or your child, it’s not time to fret: At Lifeologie, we specialize in innovation and “what works”.

A person with ADHD must learn effective ways to cope with his/her neurochemical inclination for attention-drift and the impulse to act without forethought. Effective therapeutic interventions for ADHD include traditional approaches such as psychotherapy and medication management—with a healthy dose of humor and a regimen of self-relaxation.

Hyperactivity in your child (or yourself) is just a veneer which covers up a really terrific person! And at Lifeologie, we’re always here to help you crack the ADHD shell!

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