Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Children - Assessment and therapy for a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are important in helping the child and the family. There is a need for a coordinated approach with GPs, paediatricians and schools as well as strategies for parenting. Individual work with the child can help them improve self-control including skills to think before acting, filter out distractions, solve problems and recognize and reject negative thinking. Therapeutic metaphors can help children understand the diagnosis of ADHD and the role of medication where necessary in an adaptive way.

 

Adults - Adults also suffer with Attention Deficit Disorder and experience issues such as difficulty getting organized, trouble focusing attention, impatience, impulsiveness verbally or in action etc They may feel they are often in an “F- state” - feeling flustered, frenzied, forgetful, fractious and need strategies to help them move into a “C- state” - calm, cool, concentrated, clear, consistent.

 

For more information see:

The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne
National Institute of Mental Health
Dr Hallowell