If we apply the national average statistics to the city of Portland, we can estimate that about 26 thousand Portland adults have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Therapy and counseling can help people manage ADHD. Before we get into the benefits of counseling and therapy, let’s define ADHD.
What Is ADHD?
In layman terms, ADHD is a condition which causes people to have persistent issues with inattention, or hyperactivity/impulsivity which interferes with functioning in multiple areas of life. ADHD is considered a neurodevelopmental disorder, which means it’s a challenge of mental, emotional, and/or behavioral development where the onset is observable by childhood. Brain imaging shows that people with ADHD experience differences in brain development which tend to impair impulse control, planning, decision making, stress management, and emotional regulation. As a result of these brain differences, people with ADHD tend to struggle with school, social relationships, and work. Additionally, people with ADHD have increased risk for substance abuse, behavioral addictions (like video games), depression, anxiety, and behavioral problems.
Multiple Types of ADHD
Some people are the inattentive type, others are the hyperactive/impulsive type, and some people have both. Inattentive types have short attention spans while hyperactive types have impulse control challenges. For a full list of symptoms for both types, click on our ADHD Symptoms page. Some theorize that ADHD is even more complex and there may be up to seven types of ADHD.
Inattention typically means challenges with behaviors of wandering off of tasks, lacking persistence or follow-through, have difficulty sustaining focus, and disorganization. People with Inattentive ADHD can often struggle with following through with jobs that require sustained focus, carelessness, active listening, forgetfulness, losing things, and organizing.
Hyperactivity indicates excessive body movement/motor activity, excessive fidgeting, tapping, or talkativeness.
Impulsivity refers to making actions without thinking them through, or difficulty with delaying gratification. People with Hyperactive/Impulsive type ADHD often struggle with being able to sit still or engage normally in conversation as they tend to have difficulty with interrupting others.
What Causes ADHD?
It is unclear what causes ADHD and the observable differences in brain development. In the search for an answer, new research is conducted every year. A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that the total spending on ADHD research ranges from $143 billion to $266 billion a year. The following possible causes are currently being investigated: genetics (studies in twins), environment during development can also be a factor, and smoking or alcohol use during pregnancy may be a factor.
An alternative idea is that ADHD is not a disorder at all, but part of the diversity of our species which is not quite as adaptable to modern life (which would explain the genetic component). People with ADHD tend to be impatient, energetic, creative, spontaneous, break societal norms, and sometimes even have a unique ability for hyper-focus on tasks they find engaging. When harnessed, these can be the traits of artists, leaders, revolutionaries, and inventors. Often, the challenge is when the base traits of ADHD impair functioning in the focused tasks our modern society requires.
Is There a Cure for ADHD?
There is no cure for ADHD, and a “cure” suggests that ADHD is an illness, rather than a challenge of adapting. It is important to note that ADHD can be managed so that people who experience it can adapt and thrive in their lives. Research demonstrates that mindfulness and meditation practices have been shown to increase attention and reduce hyperactivity in people with ADHD compared to control groups. Other research demonstrates that nutritional changes, exercise, and psychotherapy are also helpful in reducing symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Other research suggests that medication management and working with one’s support network are also helpful treatment options.
Can Therapy Help with ADHD?
Yes, therapy is an important tool for helping learn skills that may not come naturally, learning new behaviors, and finding new processes. Therapy has shown to help kids do better at school and adults do better at work. As stated above, it’s also been shown to be helpful with increasing attention and reducing hyperactivity and impulsivity. Therapy is also helpful for those diagnosed with ADHD to do better at home. At Mindful Healing Portland, we also specialize in providing meditation training and nutritional counseling.
Do I Need Insurance for ADHD Therapy?
No. In fact, at Mindful Healing Portland, LLC, we accept clients on a sliding scale. We are currently accepting clients for our sliding scale rates.
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