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1415 W 51st St
Austin, TX, 78756
United States

512/663-9464

Offering counseling in central Austin to adults struggling with painful relationships, upsetting changes, ineffective communication, unwanted emotions, low spirits and anxious thinking. Therapy for the heart & mind, curiosity required.  

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ADHD

Do you have it?  Does someone you love or work with have it? Is it even a real thing? The symptoms associated with ADHD can be challenging to live with in our linear, organized, fast-paced, multi-stimulus society. Whether you buy in to the diagnosis or not, being educated about the nature of distractibility and disorganization can really help.

The most common form of ADHD is now known as the Combined Type. . . involves significant problems with sustained attention, persistence toward goals, resisting distractions along the way, inhibiting excessive task-irrelevant activity (hyperactivity), and inhibiting actions, words, thoughts, and emotions that are either socially inappropriate for the situation or inconsistent with
one’s longer term goals and general welfare.
— Russell Barkley, www.russellbarkley.com

As I wrote elsewhere in this site, a large percentage of the close relationships in my life have been with people who have a collection of symptoms that could be classified as ADHD. That puts me on the outside looking in, but it also gives me an up-close-and-personal experience of this level of executive functioning problems. (See quote to the right.)

With this cluster of symptoms, you might notice excessive talking, inattentive listening, habits of interrupting. You might notice an absence of planning, inability to hold off on something in anticipation of some future event, challenges organizing or accomplishing. You also may notice a high level of intelligence, a deep streak of creativity or musicality, and a high tolerance for risk.

On this fact sheet about ADHD, the most effective treatments begin with educating the group of people around the person with ADHD. Counseling Austin can help with that and with developing skills and habits to become more aware of impulsivity and develop habits of organization.

Here are some good books to help you get going on the education piece.