We are a group of independent psychotherapists, counsellors and coaches in Ottawa, who also work(ed) Carleton University, Algonquin College and at CHEO providing support to young adults with disabilities. If you have been diagnosed with ADHD and/or are experiencing inattention, impulsivity, hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, or difficulties with time and project management, chronic lack of success, and addictions; know that you can learn compensatory strategies and maximize your chance of a successful life. We encourage you to read the following general information about ADHD and to book an appointment.
What is ADHD
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder and the onset of symptoms occur in childhood. There are three types of attention disorders: inattentive, impulsivity/hyperactivity and combined. Adults with ADHD and ADD (without hyperactivity) exhibit symptoms which affect their ability to sustain focus and attention. They may also have co-existing disorders which can include anxiety, depression and substance abuse.
Individuals can experience a number of symptoms that can affect their daily life. They can present with the following difficulties:
- Initiating and completing tasks
- Impulsive behaviours
- Sustaining focus and attention
- Task execution can be at a slower pace (e.g. reading, writing, organizing ideas on an assignment)
- Initiating and maintaining social interactions
- Executive functioning (planning, organizing, managing time)
- Working memory/short-term memory (forgetfulness)
- Sleep problems
- Elevated symptoms of anxiety
ADHD is usually diagnosed in early childhood, but it is not uncommon to receive a diagnosis during adolescence or even in adult years. Diagnosis can happen multiple ways:
- It can be the result of a psycho-educational assessment, which investigates Learning Disabilities or other Neurodevelopment Disorders.
- Completing a specific package of ADHD assessments.
- Going to a medical doctor who is experienced with ADHD diagnosis or getting a referral to a psychiatrist.
Currently we offer ADHD assessments and collaborate with Dr. Jabir M. Jassam on diagnosis and medical treatment of ADHD.
ADHD Comorbidity with Other Mental Health Disorders
Some adults with ADHD may meet the criteria for other mental health symptoms or diagnoses. These may include:
- Anxiety Disorders (Panic, GAD)
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Substance Abuse
- Learning Disability
- Tourette’s Syndrome
Adult ADHD Treatment
Attention disorders can affect one’s life during school years, at work, or in relationships. Although ADHD cannot be cured, symptoms can be managed or reduced by the use of medication (recommended by a doctor) and strategies .
Counselling, ADHD coaching, mindfulness training, learning strategies and behavioural interventions can be effective treatments to increase attention, regulate emotions and behaviour, develop coping strategies and to make the lifestyle changes that lead to successful life outcomes. Please do not hesitate to reach out. Working with one of our team members can greatly improve your ability to manage ADHD symptoms.