Tips for Managing Adult ADHD

We hear a lot about ADHD behavioral therapy for children, however, not much is ever said about managing your ADHD as an adult. Although symptoms may not be as easily recognized, adult ADHD is common and treatable.

Adult ADHD counseling session

Medication

The most commonly prescribed medications for ADHD are stimulants, although not exclusively. Other medications such as an anti-depressant may be helpful. Or maybe you prefer natural or holistic medications. Whatever your preference, it is important to talk to your doctor about all of your options, side effects, efficacy, and dosage. It usually takes some time for the full effect of medication to be realized, so keep in mind there might be some trial and error to find the medication that’s right for you.

Activity

Believe it or not, there are a few sports that have been shown to help with adult ADHD symptoms. Although they might not be appealing, don’t knock it until you try it. Let’s take a look.

  1. Martial arts – Benefits include controlled breathing which can reduce stress and anxiety.
  2. Swimming – This activity boosts dopamine, which is a mood-boosting chemical in our brain. Swimming also decreases inflammation which could help with difficulty focusing, a common ADHD symptom.
  3. Archery – Like martial arts, this activity takes a lot of focus and breath control which helps decrease stress levels.

Therapy

ADHD therapy is also a helpful method of dealing with adult ADHD. Therapists can help in managing symptoms and providing coping strategies to help alleviate the intensity of symptoms. Some of the ADHD signs therapy can help you with include the following:

  • Having a quick temper
  • Being impulsive
  • Trouble focusing on a task
  • Poor time management
  • Inability to multitask
  • Unable to follow through or complete tasks
  • Disorganized

Garrett – Your Adult ADHD Professionals

If the signs listed above are interfering with your life, click here to request an appointment. Of course, we also offer ADHD counseling for children and teens! For quicker service, call (256) 239-5662. With virtual real-time appointments and in-person appointments available at our Jacksonville, Huntsville, and Boaz locations, start getting your adult ADHD under control today!

 

What is AutPlay® Therapy?

AutPlay Therapy LogoAutPlay Therapy is a unique approach that combines play therapy with psychological therapy and utilizes a partnership between parents and the therapist. The goal is to foster relationship development between the parent and child with the goal being a positive outcome of treatment.

Created by Dr. Robert Jason Grant, AutPlay Therapy incorporates several evidence-based approaches in treatment for a variety of neurological and regulatory disorders.  Specifically designed with a focus on the mental health needs of children ages 3 to 18, it also addresses challenges related to certain physical disabilities.

Who Can it Help?

AutPlay Therapy has been proven effective for many neurodevelopmental disorders as well as regulation issues. The following is a partial list of diagnoses/disorders that can benefit from this style therapy.

  • Learning disorders
  • Tourette’s
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Social disorders
  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • Impulse disorders
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Intellectual Development Disorder

Successes We’ve Seen

Some effective outcomes of AutPlay Therapy include reduced levels of anxiety, improving relationship between parent and child, increased focus, attention, and concentration, improvement in social skills, positive changes in the ability to emotionally regulate, and decreasing unwanted behaviors.

The methodology of play therapy targets a multitude of issues including social skills, emotional regulation, anxiety, executive functioning, self-esteem, sensory issues, trauma, and relationship struggles between parent and child. AutPlay Therapy incorporates the parent and child as a team throughout the therapy process.

We’re AutPlay Certified!

Garrett Counseling is a certified AutPlay provider. With offices conveniently located in Jacksonville, Boaz, and Huntsville, Garrett Counseling has you and your family covered. Contact us today for your free consultation and find out if AutPlay Therapy is right for your child. We offer in-home and in-office services to accommodate your family’s needs. Call us at (256) 239-5662, or fill out the contact us form here.