ADD, Attention Deficit & ADHD, Attention deficit Hyperactive

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Learn How to Turn Your ADD/ADHD Into an Asset

© 2019 Richard Chandler, MA, LPC, Masters in Psychotherapy, Licensed Professional Counselor

Living life with Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder may be very frustrating for you. Perhaps you have the inattentive kind, (commonly referred to as ADD). You may have the more hyperactive type, (usually called ADHD). With either one, you may experience a good deal of spacing out, forgetfulness, and lack of focus.

Whether officially diagnosed or not, you may have aspects of ADD-ADHD. Or perhaps you are the parent, sibling, coworker, or the mate of a person with this condition. Know that there are strategies that can improve the life of a person with ADD/ADHD.

A common approach in counseling is to identify all of the ways that the disorder is hindering your life. In counseling therapy with me, we instead emphasize your ADD/ADHD influenced advantages.

Those advantages include the ability to hyper-focus on subjects that interest you. Another advantage is the increased capacity to engage successfully with entrepreneurial and artistic pursuits. We will explore how to amplify the strengths and benefits of your kind of brain, while at the same time, minimizing the difficulties.

How ADD/ADHD Can Impact Middle School, High School or College

Those with ADD/ADHD who are in middle school, high school or college often find that their schoolwork suffers from forgetting important aspects of assignments including how to structure them and when they are due. Commonly, these students frequently lose their assignments, don't turn them in on time or simply did not clearly understand what was required. This results in receiving low grades, and even failing ones, despite demonstrating an understanding of the material or even performing well on tests.

Teachers and parent can find themselves at a loss in their efforts to help the student. Too often, the student relies on others to be his or her memory system, which not only is impractical; it leads to resentment. And students can and do get very discouraged, often internalizing the perception that they are stupid. But there are strategies that do help. Many of those strategies involve the use of technology to help rather than using technology like video games to escape.

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Special Challenges for Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder

As an adult with ADD/ADHD, job security is at a higher risk. The same difficulty with organization, focus and time management that students struggle with typically continues into work life. Employers are usually less forgiving than schools. Losing a job can be very discouraging and stressful financially. So getting control over the negative ramifications are vital for adults.

Persons with ADD/ADHD tend to have more relationship difficulties too. They may hear continual criticism from their husband, wife or romantic partner as he or she vents about how they experience life as the continual strain from the fallout of inattentiveness, forgetting and distraction.

As improvement with "executive functioning" of my client is made, I sometimes invite my client's spouse into one of the sessions to help support the change and understand that new ways of functioning do take time. So improving relationships between romantic partners and family members is very helpful for all.

The Strengths of People with ADD/ADHD are Emphasized and Expanded Upon in Counseling

On the other hand, often the most creative ‘right brained’ people, including those who work as artists and entrepreneurs, can and do live rewarding and successful lives by learning to utilize the positive attributes of attention deficit disorder while employing attention deficit strategies to manage disorganization and short-term memory issues. My work can really help with successful strategies that contribute significantly to easing the stress for you or a loved one with ADD/ADHD.

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Often, men have struggles that are different than women with mental focus. For my web page devoted to the 7 men's issues that may be addressed in counseling therapy, click on this link.

I can answer your specific questions by calling or texting  me at (320)223-9481 or email me at, and we can discuss whether or not it makes sense for us to work together.

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Chandler Counseling & Consulting - St Cloud, MN
Richard Chandler, MA, LPC

1204 7th St S
St Cloud, MN 56301

Our office building is just south of Tech High School and overlooks Lake George. Parking is very near our building for clients both in the back and the side of our building.

This is also the office of our business consulting service, Strategic Leadership Consultants of MN

Monday 8:30AM–6:30PM
Tuesday 8:30AM–6:30PM
Wednesday 8:30AM–6:30PM
Thursday 8:30AM–6:30PM
Friday 8:30AM–6:30PM
Saturday 8:30AM–12PM
Sunday Closed