Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopmental condition in the U.S., particularly among children. Chronic symptoms can include:
- often losing or forgetting things
- frequent fidgeting and getting distracted
- trouble with impulse control
- not recognizing social etiquette
- excessive talking
- taking unnecessary risks
- poor time management
- outbursts and recklessness
If left undiagnosed and untreated, ADHD can lead to problems with home life, social perceptions, interpersonal relationships and performance at school and work. For the individual with ADHD, the condition also can cause poor self-esteem and increasing self-criticism.
With meaningful support and therapy, an individual with ADHD can come to better know their condition, its effects on others and themselves, and how to manage it. Eunoia Counseling specializes in therapy for ADHD for Naperville (IL) residents.
Naperville (IL): What Is the Cause of ADHD?
Scientists and mental-health professionals continue to study the causes and risk factors of ADHD in order to offer enhanced ways of managing it and reducing its occurrence.
The exact reasons behind ADHD remain uncertain. Current research still suggests that genetic factors can play a key role. Scientists also continue to examine other possible causes and risk factors such as brain injury, low birth weight, premature childbirth and exposure to potential hazards such as drug or alcohol use during pregnancy.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, research does not support ideas that ADHD can be caused by elements such as eating too much sugar, watching too much TV, playing too many video games or being affected by environmental conditions such as family dysfunction. While these factors may aggravate ADHD, evidence does not conclude they cause it.
Naperville (IL) ADHD: Therapy for Individuals & Families
When one person in a family or relationship has ADHD, it can extend well beyond the individual and alter others’ lives and routines. For example, a child with ADHD can require much more time and attention from parents. Some research suggests that families with an ADHD child can have higher rates of divorce and depression.
At Eunoia Counseling, your approach to therapy for ADHD can benefit both the individual and the family so that coping and growth can begin at the unified source. As you focus on progress together, you can make great strides in reducing conflict and stress and restoring peace and equilibrium.
Treating ADHD begins with a proper diagnosis. Once the affected individual has been seen and diagnosed by a mental-health professional, our therapy can provide a strong supporting component to the medical aspect.
As we work with you, we will focus on important skills such as:
- understanding behavioral patterns
- responding to and coping with stress
- managing negative feelings and thoughts
- changing self-defeating behaviors
- relating to and with others
- reducing impulsive behavior
- improving personal focus and time management
- healthy problem-solving
- maintaining self-care and -fulfillment
- enhancing self-awareness
Naperville (IL): Approaches to ADHD Therapy
Sessions with Eunoia Counseling adapt to the specific individual who is with us to achieve greater balance and reinforce their skills. For example, therapy for adults with ADHD will often include different methods from those for children with ADHD.
Depending on the individual, therapy might include methods such as the following.
Marital counseling and family therapy. This approach helps loved ones cope with and adjust to living with someone who has ADHD so they can help the individual’s management of their condition. It also centers on ways to encourage and maintain communication as well as solve problems in constructive ways.
Cognitive behavioral therapy. Considered by some as the gold standard for ADHD therapy, this approach teaches skills for managing behavior and changing negative thought patterns into positive ones. It can help the individual deal with daily life challenges such as at school or work or in relationships. It also can help address other mental-health conditions, such as anxiety, depression or substance misuse.
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. This approach can be helpful in a situation where the individual would benefit from techniques such as meditation and mindfulness because of their effects on the brain and neural activity. For example, these techniques may help to reduce excessive daydreaming and increase focused attention, as well as to better identify emotional states for greater regulation of them.
Dialectical behavioral therapy. DBT is a form of cognitive behavioral talk therapy. “Dialectical” refers to the combining of opposite ideas. Concerning ADHD, this often applies to what the individual might be thinking as compared with what is really happening. DBT can help the individual see and accept the reality of their life and manage their thoughts and behaviors in relation to it.
Caring Therapy for Naperville (IL)
When you proactively engage therapy with us in Naperville, your initial sessions will focus on establishing comfort and trust with your therapist as you share conversations about life events, relationships and areas of difficulty, all in your time and according to your comfort.
Your therapy in Naperville will meet you where you are as you turn toward your next life-changing steps. You are not judged about your past or current behaviors – instead, you develop the tools and strategies that work for you.
The first session or two will differ from the majority of those that follow. During the initial meetings, we focus on assessing the individual and the best approach to therapy by reviewing the information provided on the intake form. We also will ask you to delve a bit deeper in some areas to help us gain a better understanding of you as a whole.
It is your opportunity to share your goals and hopes in seeking therapy. In addition, we will talk about the scheduling and frequency of sessions as may be best for you at the outset. We further can answer any questions you have about our different types of therapy approaches, as well as our background experience and areas of expertise.
Naperville (IL) Therapy for ADHD: Contact Us Today
Our therapists have decades of experience helping many different Naperville residents move through and past their barriers. We have seen firsthand how the power of therapy helps so many move closer to their most empowered selves. If you or someone close to you would like to learn more about our therapy for ADHD or schedule an appointment, contact us at (630) 340-8747 or firstname.lastname@example.org.