ADHD

ADHD

ADHD services offered in Robbinsville, NJ

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) makes life at school, work, and home a challenge for 11% of children and 8% of teens and adults. Jennifer Joireman, MA, EdS, LPC, LCADC, at Town Center Counseling offers comprehensive care for ADHD, diagnosing the condition and developing personalized therapy that targets each person’s challenges. If you or your child struggle with inattention or hyperactivity, call the office in Robbinsville Township, New Jersey, or book online today.

What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder caused by differences in brain activity. These differences significantly affect your ability to concentrate and regulate behavior. As a result, problems such as hyperactivity and inattention develop.

Though all children occasionally have the same problems, those with ADHD have frequent and severe symptoms. ADHD affects their performance at school and work and often makes it hard to socialize or make friends.

ADHD is typically diagnosed around the age of 6-7. However, some people go undiagnosed until their teen or adult years. The symptoms and challenges of ADHD continue throughout adulthood for at least one-third of children.

What symptoms occur due to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

Children and adults may have one of the three types of ADHD: predominantly inattentive, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive, or combined. Those with combined ADHD have symptoms from both categories.

Inattentive ADHD causes symptoms such as:

  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Making reckless mistakes
  • Not noticing details
  • Being easily distracted
  • Not following directions
  • Struggling to finish tasks
  • Forgetting to do chores
  • Finding it hard to get organized
  • Avoiding tasks that require concentration

People with inattentive ADHD may frequently seem lost in their own thoughts.

Hyperactive-impulsive ADHD causes symptoms such as:

  • Being unable to sit still
  • Leaving their seat during a lesson
  • Not waiting to take turns
  • Being constantly active
  • Talking too much
  • Interrupting others
  • Making sudden decisions

People who struggle to control their emotions and impulses often have problems with anger and uncontrollable outbursts.

How is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder treated?

Jennifer talks with you about your child's behavior and performs standardized testing to identify ADHD. She may ask parents — and in some cases, teachers — to complete a behavioral questionnaire. After diagnosing ADHD, she develops an individualized treatment plan.

Though many people with ADHD take stimulant medications that boost their attention, Jennifer specializes in therapies proven to improve the symptoms of ADHD.

Therapy helps children and adults with ADHD learn the skills they need to manage their unique challenges. Jennifer may focus on problems like poor socialization and organizational skills or teaching ways to manage anger, to give you a few examples.

Jennifer also treats the whole person, a humanistic approach that works well for people with ADHD. She may provide educational or parenting support, stress management, and tips to improve your sleep.

You can get effective help for ADHD at Town Center Counseling. To schedule an appointment, call or use the online booking feature today.