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Understanding ADHD: From Symptoms to Treatment Options

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting both children and adults. But what exactly are the symptoms, and how can they impact daily life? This article from CBT Baltimore dives deep into the telltale signs of ADHD and how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can help manage them.

What is ADHD?

ADHD is a medical condition characterized by persistent patterns of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that interfere with daily functioning or development. Approximately 8.4% of children and 2.5% of adults have ADHD.

Three Types of ADHD

  1. Predominantly Inattentive Type: Difficulties in maintaining focus and attention.
  2. Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type: Excessive fidgeting, impulsivity, and restlessness.
  3. Combined Type: A combination of both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive symptoms.

Common Symptoms of ADHD

Inattention Symptoms

  • Short Attention Span: Difficulty sustaining attention in general tasks, but can have great focus on tasks of specific interest.
  • Forgetfulness: Frequently forgetting daily activities.
  • Time Management: Ability to manage and be aware of time is a real struggle.
  • Lack of Organization: Struggling with organizing tasks and activities.
  • Easily Distracted: Getting distracted easily, even when motivated.
  • Avoidance: Can feel overwhelmed and struggle to commit to tasks that require sustained mental effort.

Hyperactivity-Impulsivity Symptoms

  • Restlessness: Inability to stay still, often fidgeting with hands or feet.
  • Talkativeness: Excessive talking and interrupting others.
  • Impulsivity: Difficulty waiting one’s turn and blurting out answers.
  • Risk-Taking Behavior: Engaging in potentially risky activities without considering consequences.

The Role of CBT in Managing ADHD Symptoms

While medication is often used in the treatment of ADHD, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been shown to be effective in addressing specific challenges associated with the disorder. According to a study published in the “Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology,” CBT is effective in reducing symptoms of ADHD in adults when used as a complementary treatment to medication.

How CBT Baltimore Can Help

At CBT Baltimore, our skilled therapists offer personalized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy sessions designed to help you or your loved one manage ADHD symptoms effectively. With our customized treatment plans, we aim to equip you with the skills to navigate the challenges posed by ADHD.

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Don’t let ADHD control your life. Reach out to CBT Baltimore today to schedule an initial consultation.

Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.