ADHD in Adolescents and Adults

If you opened this page, you might be suspecting that you or someone you know might have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Although this condition is commonly associated with children, both adolescents and adults can have ADHD.

Common Symptoms of Adolescent or Adult ADHD

  • Do you feel that you are more intelligent than your achievements indicate?
  • Are you afraid to start a new or unfamiliar task because you think you will not complete it?
  • Do you have low self-esteem due to life-long unjustifiable failures in important areas of your life?
  • Do you sit by your desk with piles of papers and books, without knowing where to begin?
  • Does your mind wander, even though you are aware that it is crucial for you to complete a task?
  • Do you have difficulties in your relationships?
  • Do people complain that it is impossible to deal with you sometimes because of your argumentativeness, stubbornness or forgetfulness?

There can be additional indicators of ADHD, but the behaviors focused on above can cause the most destruction in people's lives

Effects of ADHD

ADHD is mostly a hereditary disorder. Sixty-five percent of all individuals with ADHD have a family member who has it as well. Sometimes, people can outgrow their childhood ADHD, but in most cases, it is a life-long condition that requires comprehensive treatment. ADHD is recognized as an adrenaline deficiency disorder, which explains why afflicted individuals have trouble performing monotonous or tedious work. Throughout their lives, people with ADHD often fail to complete tasks that they do not consider stimulating. This can lead to failure in many areas of their lives, since not all of what we need to do is exciting.

Individuals suffering from ADHD experience difficulties that make them feel inadequate compared to others. This leads to low self-esteem. Unfortunately, by the time individuals with ADHD enter treatment, their self-esteem is greatly damaged due to a life-long emphasis on the negative aspects of their behavior.

Treatment of ADHD

In order to address a client's distorted self-image and hurt self-esteem, Dr. Spector utilizes deep psychotherapy to discover and modify his or her maladaptive cognitive schemas (patterns of thoughts that prevent a person from succeeding in life). Treatment is focused on the positive qualities and strengths that an individual possesses. Clients learn practical cognitive and behavioral techniques to enhance their intellectual performance. In some cases, medication could be useful in helping to improve attention, concentration, and mood.

Successful treatment results in greater professional achievements, improved relationships, and overall satisfaction with one's life.