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Comprehensive ADHD Management & Support at Bethesda Therapy

At Bethesda Therapy, we understand the complexities of living with Attention – Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by symptoms such as inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Our empathetic approach aims to provide comprehensive support for both children and adults managing ADHD.

What is ADHD?

ADHD, or Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder, is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. It manifests differently in children and adults, impacting their schooling, work, and personal relationships.

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ADHD in Children: Recognizing the Signs

In children, ADHD symptoms often include difficulty focusing, excessive energy, and impulsive behaviors. These can lead to challenges in academic performance and social interactions.

ADHD Across the Lifespan & Its Impact on Adults

ADHD, often perceived as a childhood disorder, extends into adolescence and adulthood. Its symptoms evolve over time, with hyperactivity possibly diminishing, but challenges like inattention, restlessness, and impulsivity often persist. Adults with ADHD might struggle with time management, organizational skills, goal-setting, and maintaining relationships. Frequently undiagnosed, ADHD in adults leads to significant personal and professional hurdles. Recognizing ADHD as a lifelong condition is crucial for developing effective coping strategies and treatments that address its evolving nature.

The Many Faces of ADHD

It’s important to note that ADHD is not a one-size-fits-all condition. It presents itself in different forms, commonly classified into three types:

  • predominantly inattentive
  • predominantly hyperactive-impulsive
  • combined type

Each type has its unique challenges and requires a tailored approach to management and treatment. Recognizing these nuances is essential in providing effective care and support for those with ADHD.

Our Unique Approach to Treating ADHD

At Bethesda Therapy, our approach to ADHD treatment is holistic and client-centered, focusing on the unique needs and experiences of each individual. Recognizing that ADHD affects everyone differently, we provide a range of therapeutic options designed to address the specific challenges and strengths of our clients. From personalized treatment plans to collaborative therapy sessions, our methods are geared towards enabling those with ADHD to lead more organized, fulfilling lives, while also fostering self-discovery and personal growth.

Tailored Strategies for Managing ADHD

We offer personalized treatment plans that may include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), medication management, and skills training. Our goal is to help individuals with ADHD develop strategies to manage their symptoms effectively and improve their quality of life.

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A Collaborative Therapeutic Experience

Our therapy sessions are collaborative, involving clients in the development of their treatment plan. We focus on empowering individuals with ADHD, providing them with the tools and techniques to navigate daily challenges and achieve their goals.

Embracing Self-Discovery & Growth

Therapy for ADHD is as much about self-discovery as it is about symptom management. Our clients learn to understand and embrace their unique ADHD characteristics, uncovering strengths and addressing challenges. 

This newfound self-awareness leads to effective coping strategies and often reveals untapped potential. As clients progress, they not only manage their ADHD symptoms better but also experience enhanced self-esteem and overall life satisfaction, leading to a more balanced and fulfilling life.

Why Choose Bethesda Therapy for ADHD Treatment?

At Bethesda Therapy, our approach to ADHD is deeply rooted in empathy, expertise, & evidence-based practices. 

Our experienced therapists specialize in both pediatric and adult ADHD, offering customized treatments that cater to the unique needs of each client. We understand the nuances of ADHD and provide an inclusive, supportive environment that encourages growth and learning.

Our methods are comprehensive, integrating the latest research and techniques to ensure effective management of ADHD symptoms. We believe in a holistic approach, addressing not just the symptoms but the whole person, including their emotional well-being, lifestyle, and relationships. This personalized care is what sets Bethesda Therapy apart, making us a trusted choice for ADHD treatment.

Begin Your Journey Towards Better ADHD Management

Embarking on a journey to manage ADHD effectively is a significant step, and Bethesda Therapy is committed to guiding you every step of the way. We invite you to start this transformative journey with us. Our team is ready to provide the support, strategies, and understanding you need to navigate the challenges of ADHD. Reach out for a consultation today, and take the first step towards a more focused, organized, and fulfilling life with Bethesda Therapy by your side.

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ADHD FAQs

ADHD, or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by symptoms like inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. It affects individuals’ ability to focus, control impulses, and maintain appropriate activity levels. In children, ADHD can manifest as difficulty in school, behavioral challenges, and social interaction issues. In adults, it often leads to problems in time management, organization, maintaining relationships, and workplace performance.

ADHD can be categorized into three types: Predominantly Inattentive, Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive, and Combined. Each type presents unique challenges, requiring a personalized approach to treatment. Early diagnosis and intervention can significantly improve outcomes, emphasizing the importance of recognizing ADHD signs early.

Diagnosing ADHD involves a comprehensive evaluation by healthcare professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, or pediatricians. The process includes behavioral assessments, attention and impulsivity rating scales, and gathering information from various sources like teachers and family members.

Treatment for ADHD is multifaceted, often combining medication, psychotherapy, and behavioral interventions. Medications like stimulants are commonly used to improve focus and reduce hyperactivity and impulsivity. Psychotherapy, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), helps individuals develop coping strategies and improve executive functioning skills. Additionally, behavior management techniques, family therapy, and educational support are crucial, especially for children with ADHD.

In children, ADHD symptoms often include difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior. These symptoms can lead to challenges in academic performance, social interactions, and self-esteem. For children, the focus is often on behavioral management and educational support to address these challenges.

In adults, ADHD might manifest as disorganization, poor time management, difficulty in maintaining relationships, and workplace issues. Adult ADHD often goes undiagnosed, leading to a range of emotional and psychological problems. Treatment for adults focuses on managing these complexities, improving organizational skills, and addressing any co-occurring mental health issues.

Family support is crucial in managing ADHD. Families can help by creating structured routines, offering emotional support, and understanding the challenges faced by individuals with ADHD. Encouraging consistent treatment, including medication adherence and therapy attendance, is also vital.

Educating oneself about ADHD is essential for families. Understanding the condition helps in providing appropriate support and avoiding misattributions of behaviors associated with ADHD. Involvement in therapy, such as family or couples therapy, can be beneficial in addressing relational dynamics affected by ADHD.

Bethesda Therapy offers resources and guidance for families, emphasizing the importance of a supportive environment in managing ADHD effectively.

Early signs of ADHD in children often include difficulty focusing, excessive energy, impulsivity, and challenges in following instructions. In school settings, these children may struggle with completing tasks, staying organized, or sitting still. Adolescents with ADHD might show signs like risk-taking behaviors, difficulties with time management, and social challenges.

It’s important to note that not all children who display these behaviors have ADHD. A thorough evaluation by professionals is essential for accurate diagnosis. Early intervention can significantly improve outcomes, making it crucial for parents and educators to be aware of these signs.

ADHD is generally considered a developmental disorder, with symptoms typically appearing in childhood. However, it can go undiagnosed until adulthood. In some cases, adults may recognize their symptoms only after their child is diagnosed with ADHD.

Diagnosing ADHD in adults can be challenging due to overlapping symptoms with other conditions like anxiety or depression. A detailed assessment, including a review of childhood behaviors, is crucial for an accurate diagnosis. Understanding that ADHD can persist into adulthood is key to accessing appropriate treatment and support.

In children, ADHD can significantly impact academic performance. Symptoms like inattention and impulsivity can lead to difficulties in learning, completing assignments, and interacting with peers and teachers. Implementing individualized education plans and classroom accommodations can be vital in supporting these students.

For adults, ADHD can affect job performance, career progression, and workplace relationships. Challenges may include disorganization, missed deadlines, and difficulty managing long-term projects. Workplace accommodations, along with therapy and medication, can help adults with ADHD improve their professional life.

While diet and lifestyle changes alone cannot treat ADHD, they can play a supportive role in managing symptoms. Nutritional factors, such as a balanced diet, may influence overall brain health and behavior. Regular physical activity is also beneficial, as it can help improve focus and reduce hyperactivity.

Sleep is another critical factor. Inadequate sleep can exacerbate ADHD symptoms, making it important for individuals with ADHD to maintain regular sleep patterns. Mindfulness and stress-reduction techniques can also be helpful, particularly in managing impulsivity and emotional regulation.

Getting Started with Bethesda Therapy

We understand that seeking help can be a big step, but remember, you’re not alone. We’re here to support and guide you on your journey towards a more manageable life. Scheduling a consultation with us is straightforward and the first step towards recovery. Reach out to us either by phoneemail or our website form to book your appointment. Be assured, your confidentiality is our top priority, and we’re committed to providing you with the highest level of care. Take that first step today – we look forward to assisting you.

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What Colleagues Say About Us

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Rose Bleiweis

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Melissa is determined, hard-working, and provides a range of therapeutic interventions. She is committed to professional development to further her clinical skills.

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Jen Lodico

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Melissa’s skillset was empowering to work with. She is professional and supportive. Melissa is a fantastic therapist who I cannot recommend enough!
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Beth Cocker

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Melissa Murphy is a wonderful therapist. She is kind, non-judgmental and empathetic. She truly understands her client’s needs and takes into account the whole-person. I do not hesitate to refer clients to Melissa and enjoy collaborating with her on cases. She is an excellent therapist with expertise in anxiety, depression, and OCD.

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