ADHD Therapy in Long Island

ADHD may affect many aspects of yours or your child’s life. However, with attentive assessment and treatment, you or your child can learn to manage ADHD symptoms and reach your goals.

ADHD in Long Island

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common diagnosis. But it is one that still has stigma and scares people. A surprising number of Rockville Centre residents, like Nassau County, and elsewhere in the U.S. are likely to have ADHD. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says as many as 11% of children ages 4-17 have the disorder. Additionally, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports that about 4% of adults have ADHD in a given year. And many of us may have some symptoms. So, any of us with symptoms or a diagnosis are not alone. And not only are we not alone, there are things you can do.

Common Signs of ADHD

Whether a diagnosis is necessary or not, it is a good idea to have some sense of what signs to look for.Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder symptoms are varied and present in several different ways.

Some examples include:

  • A child fails to pay close attention to details and makes careless mistakes.
  • An adult has difficulty maintaining attention at work and is easily distracted by the internet or his phone.
  • A child does not seem to really listen to instructions.
  • An adult has severe difficulty with organization and repeatedly misses deadlines and appointments.
  • A child’s backpack is extremely disorganized and often forgets to bring home or loses assignments.
  • A child is easily distracted and often forgetful.
  • A child has difficulty staying still for even short periods of time. She fidgets, squirms, and runs at inappropriate times.
  • An adult often interrupts others and talks excessively.

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Types of Therapy for ADHD in Long Island

ADHD Treatment for Children and Adolescents

Parent training and behavior management training are the most effective approaches, aside from stimulant medication, for treating ADHD in children and adolescents according to the latest research. These cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) based interventions are mainly conducted with parents and caregivers who learn new strategies for dealing with the symptoms and behaviors associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Parents and caregivers learn techniques to improve the parent-child relationship and increase child compliance.

CBT therapists work with children and adolescents on organizational, problem-solving, and communication skills. CBT therapists also help children and adolescents manage other difficulties that are sometimes associated with ADHD, including anxiety, depression, and socialization deficits.

ADHD Treatment for Adults

CBT techniques such as organizational training are used to address the inattentive symptoms of ADHD that lead to organizational and planning deficits. CBT skills for emotional self-regulation and impulse control address some of the impulsive symptoms ofAttention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. CBT is also very helpful for adults who are also suffering with mood and anxiety disorders. For example, cognitive restructuring can be used to combat distorted thoughts related to depression. For anxiety, CBT treatments almost always include exposure to lessen the impact of the anxiety-provoking stimulus.

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