Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) is a fairly common but often undiagnosed condition that generally begins in childhood and may persist into adulthood. The lack of recognition of this condition is generally due to the perception that problems caused by ADD/ADHD stem from a lack of personal willpower or motivation, rather than an actual chemical imbalance in the brain. Once properly identified and treated, the ability to manage symptoms of ADD/ADHD improves greatly.
How Do You Know If It’s a Problem?
Many teens and young adults with ADD/ADHD try to deal with symptoms on their own, as the lack of understanding and acknowledgement of this condition creates barriers in seeking appropriate treatment. However, left untreated, people suffering with ADD/ADHD can face significant hardships in school, work, and relationships. Some common symptoms of ADD/ADHD include:
- Lack of focus or motivation
- Restlessness or hyperactivity
- Difficulty listening to others; “zoning out”
- Hyperfocus (focusing to the point of becoming unaware of all other activities around you)
- Poor time management
- Impulsivity and recklessness
- Emotional difficulties
Someone with ADD/ADHD will display persistent symptoms over an extended period of time, in some cases since childhood. Co-occurring disorders—including substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and various types of addiction—are not uncommon in those suffering from ADD/ADHD. Treatment is critical in managing ADD/ADHD so as to prevent or address the development of co-occurring disorders and to improve the quality of life for those affected by this condition.
What Treatment Is Available?
Like many conditions, either inpatient or outpatient treatment are potential options for people with ADD/ADHD. Cognitive behavioural therapy, pharmacological support, and self-help groups are common methods of treatment. Additionally, resource people such as professional organisers, vocational trainers, or educational counsellors may be extremely useful in learning how to manage specific aspects of life affected by symptoms of ADD/ADHD.
At The Edge, we are able to provide holistic treatment on-site at our relaxing, resort-like inpatient centre. This means offering cognitive behavioural therapy, individual and group therapy, and physical activity designed to build confidence, strength and focus. The Edge understands that the many symptoms of ADD/ADHD require a comprehensive package of treatment delivered by experienced and supportive staff. These fully accredited individuals can coach participants as they identify and practice new coping mechanisms to help manage their condition. Participants will be able to share their experiences with others in group sessions, building new relationships with peers facing similar challenges and finding camaraderie as they move forward toward a happier, more successful life.
If you have ADD/ADHD and would like to learn more about how The Edge can support you in managing your symptoms, call us today. Together, we can determine the best way to help you achieve your goals.