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 Hanley Center has 40 years of experience treating people with ADHD and Other Attention Deficit Disorders

Attention-deficit disorders, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), are not just conditions that affects children. The symptoms of ADHD in adults can impact many areas of your life—from your relationships to your career. Adult ADHD often goes unrecognized during childhood, and many adults do not realize that they have this disorder until it severely impacts their lives. Younger people are frequently categorized as poor students, daydreamers, class clowns, slackers, or troublemakers. When you were younger, you may have compensated for the symptoms of ADHD, only to encounter difficulties as an adult as your responsibilities grew.

There is good news despite the overwhelming challenges. Counseling, education, and support can help you manage symptoms and turn potential weaknesses into lifelong strengths.

Integrated Treatment Is Critical for Mental Health Disorders

Integrated treatment for ADHD in adults provides all the therapeutic resources necessary to heal you physically, psychologically, and spiritually. This means that we employ every resource in our arsenal to help you find health and happiness. You may need several sessions with a psychiatrist, guided meditations, or a trained trauma therapist. Perhaps you need all these resources. Either way, we can set you up for success by leveraging many disciplines to help you craft a design for living that works.

Your comprehensive treatment plan may include the following:

Our expert team of doctors and therapists works alongside you to develop a personalized plan to treat every dimension of your health. Your treatment plan will consider your overall well-being: body, mind, and spirit. We begin with comprehensive behavioral health assessments, which help you accurately identify and manage any mental health disorders. These confidential sessions and clinical interviews with your primary therapist lay the foundation for an individual treatment plan that leaves no stone unturned.

Center for Brain Recovery (CBR)

Our health psychology department, the Center for Brain Recovery (CBR), provides specialized, evidence-based therapy interventions for brain health. This department, led by an esteemed psychologist, brings sophisticated interventions such as neurofeedback, biofeedback, Brainspotting, and mindfulness training directly to you.

At the Center for Brain Recovery our specific therapies and services include:

  • Psychological testing and review
  • Individual and group psychotherapy
  • Neurofeedback
  • Muse EEG
  • Meditation and mindfulness training
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  •  Neurotherapy
  • Biofeedback

Learn more about the Center for Brain Recovery here.

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Signs and Symptoms of ADHD in Adults

Clinical depression debilitates normal functioning in life. It is the most common co-occurring diagnosis among people with addictive illnesses, along with anxiety. Bipolar disorder, dysthymia, or substance-induced mood disorders are other types of mood disorders.

Anxiety disorders:

Anxiety includes a broad spectrum of emotional experiences, from reactions to everyday situations to severe anxiety such as PTSD. It is frequently cited by people with substance use disorders and requires specialized care.

Signs and Symptoms of ADHD in Adults

Among those with ADHD, adults will exhibit quite different symptoms than children. Symptoms can be experienced differently by everyone.

Trouble Concentrating and Staying Focused

Among those with ADHD, adults will exhibit quite different symptoms than children. Symptoms can be experienced differently by everyone.

Hyperfocus

Hyperfocus is a tendency toward absorbing yourself in stimulating and rewarding tasks. Hyperfocus can act both as a coping mechanism and as a distraction as you lose track of what is going on around you. When directed towards productive activities, hyperfocus can be an asset. If left unchecked, it can lead to work and relationship problems.

Forgetfulness and Disorganization

It can often seem that things are out of control and chaotic when you are struggling with adult ADHD. It can be challenging to stay organized, prioritize your workload, keep track of tasks and responsibilities, and manage your time.

The following symptoms often accompany disorganization and forgetfulness:

  • Poor organizational skills – home, office, desk, and car are excessively cluttered
  • Procrastination
  • Inability to start or finish projects
  • Chronic tardiness
  • Frequently forgetting deadlines, appointments, and commitments
  • Always misplacing or losing things (keys, wallet, phone, bills)
  • Poor time management

Difficulty with Emotions

ADHD in adults also comes with emotional challenges. Often, people have difficulty managing their emotions, particularly when angry, frustrated, or overwhelmed. Adults with ADHD may exhibit emotional symptoms such as:

  • Being easily irritable and stressed out
  • Agitation or an explosive temperament
  • Feelings of insecurity and a sense of low self-esteem
  • Having difficulty remaining motivated
  • Hypersensitive to criticism
  • Restlessness or hyperactivity

Impulsivity

If you struggle with ADHD as an adult, you may have difficulty controlling your actions, comments, and responses. You may act without thinking or react without considering the consequences. Interrupting others, blurting out words, or hastily rushing through tasks are all signs of impulsiveness. For adults with ADHD who experience impulsivity, it can be challenging to remain patient in certain situations.

Difficulty with Emotions

ADHD in adults also comes with emotional challenges. Often, people have difficulty managing their emotions, particularly when angry, frustrated, or overwhelmed. Adults with ADHD may exhibit emotional symptoms such as:

  • Being easily irritable and stressed out
  • Agitation or an explosive temperament
  • Feelings of insecurity and a sense of low self-esteem
  • Having difficulty remaining motivated
  • Hypersensitive to criticism
  • Restlessness or hyperactivity

ADHD Symptoms Can Lead to Many Health Problems

Health problems may include substance use disorders, compulsive eating, anxiety, chronic stress and tension, and low self-esteem. Struggling with ADHD symptoms as an adult can affect your career, your relationships, and your family. You may even begin to self-medicate and use drugs or alcohol to dull your symptoms, not realizing that these substances often worsen your symptoms or lead to long-term substance use disorder.

Drawing on a wealth of research, we provide intensive residential and outpatient support for adults struggling with ADHD. We also offer programs for adult ADHD that occur alongside addiction.

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People Can and Do Find Healing

There is no cure for any mental health disorder, including ADHD in adults, but many people succeed in living amazing lives filled with hope and courage. The key is individualized, integrated, intensive treatment. With long-term support and therapeutic interventions, you can recover from your ADHD.

Start your journey to freedom and fulfillment by calling 561-841-1033.

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