Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Treatment for Teens and Adults

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Our attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) treatment combines evidence-based practices with compassionate care to support teens and adults in managing their ADHD. Fill out the short form below or call us directly to start healing from ADHD today with Charlie Health.

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How is ADHD diagnosed?


Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is diagnosed through a comprehensive assessment with a mental health professional.

It starts with a clinical interview, where the client (and caregivers, if appropriate) can discuss their symptoms and their impact on daily life with a clinician.

The clinician uses the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) criteria to confirm the diagnosis of ADHD and create an effective treatment plan.

Additionally, standardized rating scales completed by the client, caregivers, and teachers help assess the severity of symptoms. A detailed medical history and physical exam can be conducted to rule out other conditions that might mimic ADHD.

How does Charlie Health treat ADHD?

We use individual and family therapy to diagnose ADHD and support clients in their executive functioning, organizational, and social skills.

We also use individual therapy to address any co-occurring conditions or symptoms that may accompany ADHD, such as anxiety, depression, and self-esteem issues.

Clients can also meet with the psychiatry team for consultations, but due to federal telehealth regulations, the team cannot prescribe stimulants to treat ADHD. However, we can help locate community-based resources for this need.

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What are the best therapy options for ADHD treatment?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

CBT is highly effective for treating ADHD by helping people identify and modify negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to attention and hyperactivity issues. Through structured sessions, clients learn practical strategies for managing time, staying organized, and improving focus. 

Neurodivergent-affirming DBT skills

Neurodivergent-affirming dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills support people with ADHD by validating their experiences and promoting self-acceptance. This approach integrates mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness skills adapted to suit the neurodivergent brain. 

Psychoeducation

Psychoeducation is a cornerstone of ADHD treatment that empowers people and their families with comprehensive knowledge about the condition. By understanding the biological, psychological, and social aspects of ADHD, clients can demystify their symptoms and reduce feelings of frustration and helplessness. 

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FAQs for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

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What is ADHD?

ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is a neurodevelopmental condition characterized by persistent patterns of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that interfere with daily functioning. People with ADHD may have difficulty focusing on tasks, staying organized, and controlling impulsive behaviors, which can affect their performance in school, work, and social settings.

While everyone may experience occasional inattention or hyperactivity, ADHD is a concern when these symptoms are chronic and significantly impact daily life. ADHD can be managed effectively with a combination of treatments, including behavioral therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes.

Symptoms of ADHD

Symptoms of ADHD can be categorized into two groups: inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity. Here are key symptoms from each category:

Inattention:

  • Frequently makes careless mistakes in tasks
  • Often has difficulty sustaining attention in activities
  • Regularly does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish tasks
  • Has trouble organizing tasks and activities
  • Frequently loses necessary items like school materials or keys

Hyperactivity-impulsivity:

  • Often fidgets with or taps hands or feet, or squirms in seat
  • Frequently leaves seat in situations when remaining seated is expected
  • Often runs about or climbs in inappropriate situations
  • Has difficulty playing or engaging quietly
  • Often talks excessively and interrupts others

Are there different types of ADHD?

Yes, there are three main types of ADHD, each characterized by different patterns of symptoms:

  • Predominantly inattentive presentation: Characterized mainly by difficulties with attention and focus
  • Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive presentation: Marked primarily by hyperactive and impulsive behaviors
  • Combined presentation: The most common type, featuring a combination of both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive symptoms

How common is ADHD?

ADHD is a relatively common neurodevelopmental disorder. It affects approximately 11% of children and 2-6% of adults worldwide. The prevalence can vary based on diagnostic criteria and the population studied, but it is widely recognized as one of the most common childhood disorders, often continuing into adulthood.

What causes ADHD?

ADHD is believed to be caused by a combination of genetic, neurological, and environmental factors playing a significant role. Other contributing factors include differences in brain structure and function, as well as prenatal exposure to substances like tobacco and alcohol.

Is ADHD different for teens and young adults?

Yes, ADHD can present differently in teens and adults compared to younger children. In teens, symptoms often include increased academic challenges, greater impulsivity in social situations, and struggles with self-esteem and identity. For adults, ADHD may lead to difficulties with organization and time management, affecting work and higher education. They may also experience issues with maintaining relationships and face potential co-occurring mental health issues like anxiety or depression. While the core symptoms remain, their impact changes as individuals age and face new responsibilities.

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