Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD hyperactive or ADD inattentive)

Your child’s teacher is expressing concern about their behaviour and progress at school. You check it out further, and you have had a diagnosis of ADHD (hyperactive kind) or ADD (inattentive kind) or a bit of both (mixed presentation), from your child’s pediatrician. This means that their swinging from the rafters or not listening to you is not them being naughty but has a specific cause found in their neurological hardwiring. With ADHD, an individual will appear edgy and “wired”. With ADD, an individual will be “dreamy” and not focused. The only situations that seem to require effortless focus and concentration are activities that interest and engage your child such as their favorite game or TV show.

As an individual grows, compensatory behaviour to be able to focus and function comes into play, such as putting keys down always in the same place. This would appear that the person has grown out of their attention deficit issues. But the behaviours can sometimes become an integral part of someone’s life even into adulthood and get in the way of them being the best they can be. This is why visiting an ADHD clinic in Sydney can help you or someone you know long term.

ADD/ADHD: Things To Look For

Given how an Attention Deficit Disorder can manifest in different ways, there’s no immediate way of discerning that you, or your child, has ADD/ADHD. However, it’s commonly associated with inattentiveness and hyperactivity. Some behaviours you may notice include:

  • Inability to pay close attention to details that may result in carelessness in work, school, and other activities. This might also manifest as difficulty in terms of organizing activities and tasks.
  • Easily distracted by various things, with a tendency to be forgetful; also appearing as not listening when spoken to.
  • Hands and feet which fidget with a tendency to feelings of restlessness. In children, this might result in having to run about or talk too much, as though they have a “motor.”
  • Blurting out answers before questions are completed, or interrupts others during other activities.

If you feel as though you or your child, have some of these signs, it might be a good call to seek help. It’s important to remember, however, that having ADHD or being related to someone with ADHD doesn’t mean the person in question was neglected, or that they’re selfish, lazy, or disobedient.

Our team here at Direct Focus Solutions can provide you with the kind of help and ADHD treatment that you as an adult and/or your child may need to mediate the effects of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, so that a fulfilling life can be led. We have teamed up with the ADD/ADHD Treatment Center which has been helping individuals and families for over fifteen years.

What can help ADD/ADHD?

Dealing with ADD/ADHD can be done through a range of approaches, depending on the aspect of ADD/ADHD you want to focus on and how much an individual’s functioning is impacted. Medical professionals may prescribe pharmacological interventions that can help with the symptoms, and in addition your psychologist can provide behavioural management, social skills training, and psychoeducation. Also, a neuropsychological approach, would provide neurofeedback training as an adjunct therapy (“EEG biofeedback just as recommended as medication” by the American Academy of Pediatrics).

Our client-focused approach here at Direct Focus Solutions allow us to create programs that are tailored to cope with ADD/ADHD. We can provide a comprehensive diagnostic assessment and recommendations about what best supports you.

Our ADHD Practitioners

Kathryn Humby

Kathryn is particularly interested in anxiety and its expression across the lifespan from childhood to late adulthood. She uses neurotherapy techniques to help understand mood and developmental disorders within our clients and is also part of our management team.

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