According to the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, parents of children with ADHD are 20 times more likely to have ADHD than other parents of children who do not have ADHD. (Click here to read more). For this reason, effective and contemporary treatment of ADHD in children often involves a thorough evaluation of parents for ADHD as well. Parenting a youngster with ADHD requires a lot of attention and organization on the parent’s part. Therefore, child’s benefit from treatment for ADHD often depends on the parent(s) accepting their own diagnosis and treatment.

Adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorderWhile adults with ADHD possess many traits that make them successful, often adults with ADHD are characterized by others as “Lazy”, “Inadequate” and “Disorganized”. They can be seen as easily angered or “Thin-Skinned” and likely present problems of impulse control. Most adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are aware of their difficulties, but feel helpless to improve their situation. You or an adult you know may have ADHD if they display these symptoms:

Symptoms of Inattention may be manifested through:

  • Difficulty completing projects
  • Inconsistent work performance
  • Disorganized work or living space

Symptoms of Hyperactivity/Impulsivity may be manifested through:

  • Difficulty enganging in sedentary activities
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty delaying gratification

Untreated, adults may experience:

  • Poor job performance/frequent employment changes
  • Failed relationships as a result of poor communication skills, a low frustration tolerance/failure to follow through on commitments
  • An impaired self-worth which leads to withdrawal, anger, depression, and aggression

Group Therapy for Adults with ADHD can include:

  • Life Management/Organization Skills
  • Anger Management Training
  • Relaxation Techniques/Stress Management Techniques
  • Communication Skills