ASSESSMENT & COUNSELLING

ADULT ADHD THERAPY IN OTTAWA

ADHD, also known as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, affects nearly one in 20 adults in Canada. ADHD (of which awareness has increased over the years but still has a ways to go) affects a person’s ability to regulate attention, get organized and regulate their emotions at times. Hallmark traits of ADHD include constant fidgeting, too much or too little attention when completing a task, impulsive behaviour, speaking at a rapid pace, and occasionally interrupting conversations. Some individuals experience more internalized traits (interrupting/intrusive thoughts), rather than external ones.

Any one of these traits can have negative effects at work or in social situations. This is especially true for adults, as we are held responsible for our words and actions. That’s why we focus on treating ADHD adults. Our approach incorporates proven strategies to help you manage ADHD traits when they make something you want to do a challenge.

It's important to note, more and more people are beginning to see ADHD as a variance in neurotype, rather than a disorder to be treated. We take this approach in our treatment, as that way it can be destigmatizing and empowering to learn that their are strengths that come with being ADHD!

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THE POSITIVE POWER WITHIN

Working as an ADHDer

Some adults with previously unrecognized ADHD may not know what is contributing to their attention-management related issues and indeed could themselves be misunderstood by their colleagues, friends and peers. Meanwhile, other ADHD adults may have been assessed for ADHD in their childhood or teen years, as most ADHD traits are observed while in the school system as it's an environment that requires many administrative functioning skills. Regardless of the history of your ADHD, we can help!

Countless ADHD adults not only survive, but thrive in life, as over time they may have learned the positive powers and tremendous upsides that are associated with ADHD. Some adults with ADHD present with higher energy, a strong desire to learn new things and an inherent joy for life for example! Regardless of if you present with this or not, by setting up your environment in certain ways and by understanding ADHD better, you may just be able to flourish in your own unique way! To find out more and get started, contact us today!

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THE EFFECTS OF UNTREATED ADULT ADHD

Complications of Adult ADHD

More often than not, most adults with ADHD aren’t actually aware that they have ADHD. They just experience the symptoms but don’t know what causes them. The inability to control impulses and properly allocate attention can significantly interfere with daily functioning. Untreated and undiagnosed adult ADHD can have the following complications:

  • Sub-Par Work Performance or Unemployment
  • Financial Problems
  • Unstable Relationships
  • Poor Physical & Mental Health
  • Excessive Alcohol or Substance Use

Adult ADHD therapy/counselling can help you understand your symptoms and provide you with the support and tools needed to help take control of your life. Behavioural therapy can improve job performance, enrich your relationships, and increase your self-esteem. Contact us to find out more about our adult ADHD treatment options.

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Frequently Asked Questions

ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is one of the most common mental health diagnoses made in both children and adults. Those who are diagnosed with ADHD will often experience challenges associated with attention management, impulsive behaviours, and excessive physical movement.

ADHD stands for “Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity-Disorder” – a common mental health diagnosis in both children and adults.

The exact cause of ADHD development is unclear, but research shows that if family members are ADHD, one's chances of being ADHD are increased.

There is no "cure" for ADHD, as it is a difference in brain structure. There are some factors that may increase the intensity of certain ADHD traits however, including:

  • Poor Sleep
  • Excessive Use of Technology
  • Stress
  • Overstimulation

ADD (attention deficit disorder) is an outdated term which has now been adapted to ADHD inattentive type. Individuals that present as ADHD inattentive type have the traits of ADHD, but are less prone to displaying traits of hyperactivity.

There is no simple test that one can take on their own to determine whether or not they are ADHD. An ADHD evaluation is instead conducted by a licensed professional to ensure an accurate assessment. During an assessment, a psychologist, psychiatrist or doctor will determine the extent of your presenting traits to rule out other possible causes.

The common traits associated with ADHD can be organized into 3 main groups: impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattention. Within each of these categories, there are subsets of traits that can vary based on the individual.