Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD hyperactive or ADD inattentive)

Imagine this scenario: Your child’s teacher is expressing concern about their behaviour and progress at school.

You investigate further. Your child’s pediatrician diagnoses them with either ADHD (the hyperactive kind), ADD (the inattentive kind) or possibly a mix of both (known as mixed presentation.) Suddenly, their swinging from the rafters or not listening to you is not them being simply being naughty. Their behaviour now has a specific cause found within their neurological wiring.

An individual with ADHD may appear edgy or “wired.” They may be “dreamy” and unfocused. The only things that seemingly require no effort to concentrate are activities that interest and engage them. For example, their favorite game or TV show.

As they grow, compensatory behaviour to aid focus and functionality will come into play. For instance, always putting keys down in the same place. For some, it would appear that they have “grown out” of their attention deficit issues. But their behaviours can often become an integral part of their life, even into adulthood. These behaviours may even stop them from being the best they can be. In these cases, visiting an ADHD clinic may help you or someone you know in the long term.

Signs and Symptoms of ADD/ADHD

An Attention Deficit Disorder can manifest in many different ways. As such, there’s no immediate way of discerning that someone has ADD and/or ADHD. However, as the name implies, they are commonly associated with inattentiveness and hyperactivity. Some behaviours you may notice include:

  • The inability to pay close attention to details. This may result in carelessness during work, school, and other activities. This can also manifest as difficulties when organising activities and tasks.
  • Being easily distracted by various things and a tendency to be forgetful; appearing to not listen when spoken to.
  • Restless feelings and motions, including the fidgeting of hands and feet. For children, this may result in running about or talking too much, as though they have a constantly running “motor.”
  • Answering questions before they are completed, or interrupting others during activities.

If you feel as though you or your child show a number of these signs, it may be a good call to seek help. Please bear in mind that an individual having ADHD does not mean they were neglected, or that they’re selfish, lazy or disobedient.

The Direct Focus Solutions team can provide quality assistance and ADHD treatments for both children and adults. We equip individuals with the tools to mediate the effects of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder so that they can live a fulfilling life. We are partnered with the ADD/ADHD Treatment Center, who have been helping individuals and their families for over fifteen years.

What can help ADD/ADHD?

ADD/ADHD may be addressed through a number of approaches, depending on which aspects you wish to focus on and the degree an individual’s functioning is impacted. Medical professionals may prescribe pharmacological interventions that help to alleviate symptoms. Additionally, psychologists can provide behavioural management, social skills training, and psychoeducation. A neuropsychological approach may also provide neurofeedback training as an adjunct therapy.

At Direct Focus Solutions, our client-focused approach allows us to create programs that are personally-tailored to your ADD/ADHD needs. We can provide a comprehensive diagnostic assessment and recommendations for what will best support you.

Our ADHD Practitioners

Serena Celestino

Serena focuses primarily on identifying and treating Autism, ADHD, OCD, anxiety disorders (including social and general anxiety), schizoaffective disorder, and depression. She has well-developed patience and communication skills, and is particularly interested in the increase in mental health issues among young adults.

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Sabrina Leviste

Sabrina is a born and bred “Californian” who is fuelled by a love for body-brain connections. Sabrina has gained experience in complex behaviours linked with neurodevelopmental trauma, sensory processing disorder, and learning delays. She currently works with the neurofeedback team as a consultant.

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Felix Roitour

Felix entered the psychology practice in order to better understand people, their motivations and their behaviours. At Direct Focus Solutions, he applies his extensive past and present knowledge to neurofeedback training and assistance, along with occupational therapy and psychology group programs.

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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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Lynette Fane De Salis

Lynette has a broad range of experience in education, corporate, and clinical settings as both a counsellor and a psychologist. Her main focus is with anxiety and depression, but her skill set has expanded to include complex trauma and PTSD.

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