ADD/ADHD

ADD/ADHD

Troubled Man with ADHD ADD Sitting in Old Building

Learn How to Turn Your ADD/ADHD Into an Asset

Living life with Attention Deficit Disorder, whether it is the inattentive kind, (commonly referred to as ADD), or the hyperactive kind, (usually called ADHD), can be very frustrating for you, if you have this condition or if you are the parent, sibling, coworker or the mate of a person with ADD-ADHD.. Although it is common to identify all of the ways that the disorder is hindering your life, in counseling therapy with me, we will focus more on identifying your ADD/ADHD influenced mental assets.

Counseling therapy with me starts with noting the advantages you have over those without this condition in terms of hyperfocus into activities that do interest and engage you. You are likely to also think more like an artist and an entrepreneur. Through reapplying your brain advantages, by learning to make better executive decisions, it is possible to dramatically increase successful patterns of life organization.

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.

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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.

Often, men have struggles that are different than women with mental focus. For other areas where men can have specific counseling issues that I address, please call me at (320)223-9481 or email me at richardjchandler@gmail.com, and we can discuss whether or not it makes sense for us to work together.

* Telephone or video conferencing sessions may be arranged.  Although we do not accept insurance, our rates are very affordable. We have a sliding fee scale with reasonable minimums.  * We Welcome & Affirm LGBTQ Clients.