ADD/ADHD

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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 that person, as well as for parents, siblings or mates. After identifying all or the ways that the disorder is hindering life, as well as identifying the client's ADD/ADHD mental assets, the therapy involves dramatically increasing executive function and implementing 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 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.

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.