What You Need To Know About ADHD & Online ADHD Therapy

Do you have ADHD or suspect that you might have ADHD? 

Does it feel like it holds you back, or are you seeking treatment but feeling alone?

It might be time to start online therapy for ADHD

You don’t have to feel this way. Online ADHD therapy may be the ADHD treatment you’ve been missing.

There’s no need to struggle alone. Work with an ADHD specialist today!

My specialty is working with neurodivergent patients, particularly people who have ADHD.

What is ADHD?

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ADHD – Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – simply means that your brain is wired a bit differently than a neurotypical brain.

Several studies have indicated that ADHD brains generally have a smaller basal ganglia, prefrontal cortex, and decreased volume of the posterior inferior… have I lost you? 

Basically, what this means is that someone with ADHD can have a more difficult time focusing on specific tasks and paying close attention to details, amongst other symptoms. (Read more about symptoms below.) 

ADHD brains are incredibly adept at filtering information at a supersonic speed. People who are receiving support via therapy can better understand themselves, learn to create habits that truly help, and get connected with other resources.

Ashlyn Baker, MA, LCMHCA, NCC

Types of ADHD

There are three main types of ADHD:

  • Inattentive-Distractible: People with this form of ADHD cannot focus and are easily distracted, but they don’t have hyperactive issues.

  • Impulsive-Hyperactive: People with impulsive-hyperactive ADHD don’t have trouble focusing but are very impulsive, cannot sit still, talk out of turn, and are often considered always ‘on the go.’

  • Combined: People with combined ADHD have impulsive and hyperactive tendencies, including the inability to focus, getting easily distracted, and are not able to sit still or work quietly.

What's the Difference Between ADHD and ADD?

Technically, there aren’t any differences between ADD and ADHD. ADD is an older term for today’s Attention Deficit Disorder diagnosis.

Even though ADHD has the word ‘hyperactive’ in it, not all people diagnosed with ADHD have hyperactivity. Some simply have Inattentive ADHD, which means they don’t have issues with hyperactivity.

Symptoms of ADHD in Adults

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  • Cannot prioritize tasks.
  • Inability to focus.
  • Acts impulsive.
  • Cannot multitask.
  • Mood swings.
  • Cannot handle ordinary stress.
  • Inability to manage time.
  • Inability to plan.
  • Strong emotions and easily frustrated.

ADHD Diagnosis & Assessments

There isn’t one ADHD assessment or test that can determine if a person has ADHD. However, an ADHD screening can help you determine if you or your child are experiencing ADHD symptoms.

The screening includes:

  • Interviews with all adults that regularly interact with the affected person, including teachers, caregivers, and parents if it’s a child.
  • Review of the family history.
  • Psychological tests.
  • Completion of questionnaires or rating scales to measure the ADHD symptoms experienced.
  • Medical history and evaluation.

Doctors may also rule out other medical issues that could present similar symptoms. These tests include:

  • Hearing and vision tests.
  • Scans to check for brain abnormalities.
  • Test lead levels in the blood.
  • EEG to measure brain activity.

Psychiatric services may also evaluate for severe mood, autism, or learning disorders.

 

Myths, Facts & Stats About ADHD

There are many misunderstandings and myths about ADHD and ADHD treatment. Here are some of the most common ones floating around the internet.

Myth: ADHD isn’t real

Truth: According to the CDC, 6 million children have been diagnosed with ADHD. The average child with an ADHD diagnosis is age 7, and a study conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health proved that over 60% of children with ADHD still have symptoms as an adult.

Myth: ADHD is caused by poor parenting

Truth: ADHD runs in families, and individuals are nine times more likely to develop the condition if first-degree relatives have it, such as parents or siblings. However, genetics often cause the risk of developing ADHD, not ADHD itself.

Myth: Bad parents cause ADHD

Truth: While parenting techniques can help reduce the behavior ADHD may cause, it is not the parenting itself that causes ADHD. Parenting can help improve the symptoms and help the child have a higher quality of life.

Myth: People with ADHD are lazy

Truth: It might look as if people with ADHD are lazy because they cannot carry most tasks to the finish line, but that’s not the equivalent of laziness. They often get distracted before finishing a task but eventually get there when treating ADHD.

What Causes ADHD?

The exact cause of ADHD is not yet known, although scientists are constantly researching to determine the cause. For now, common risk factors include genetics, environmental risks during pregnancy, brain injury, and premature birth.

How To Treat ADHD

The most common ADHD treatment includes behavioral therapy with licensed therapists and medication management.

For children younger than six with ADHD, the treatment plan typically focuses on the parents, training them on how to help children; medication usually isn’t prescribed at this stage for a mental health condition.

For kids over six years old, the treatment plan usually includes ADHD medications, behavior therapy services, and some parent training, usually up to age 12, but it varies by child.

Sometimes, schools are also part of the treatment plan since they spend so much time with your child and are an important part of their mental health services.

Therapies and Medications For ADHD

ADHD can disrupt a child or adult’s life in many areas, including how they behave, their relationships with others, and how well they complete tasks.

Behavior therapy is often recommended to help children and adults learn to manage ADHD and be able to function without complicating important relationships.

The right therapy program should focus on reinforcing positive behaviors, eliminating unwanted behaviors, and helping parents learn how to train their children outside therapy sessions.

If it’s determined that medication is necessary, doctors may prescribe stimulant or non-stimulant medications.

Almost 80% of patients with ADHD are prescribed stimulant medications because they act fast. Non-stimulant medications aren’t as common because they take longer to take effect, but once working, they last for 24 hours.

How Online Therapy for ADHD Can Help

Having a therapist who understands what ADHD is, how it works, and how it impacts your life will help you best manage the symptoms. I provide a welcoming environment that allows us to create a plan for success together.

You will be better equipped to live the life you want: my goal is to help you find fulfillment, joy, and happiness. I’m neurodivergent myself – helping neurodivergent clients navigate their lives is my passion.

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Benefits Of Online ADHD Therapy

There are many benefits of online ADHD therapy, including:

  • Convenience: It’s often much easier to jump on a call than it is to travel to a therapist’s office, have the session, and commute back home. Kids and parents have busy schedules, as do therapists, and sometimes they don’t align, but having the ability to have online treatment makes it much more convenient and accessible.
  • Greater privacy: Some people worry about what others will think if they are in therapy. Having therapy at home provides more privacy and may allow the patient to feel more relaxed and able to take advantage of talk therapy.
  • Many treatment options: You can work with your therapist to determine the best modality for your treatment plan, whether you prefer video or phone consultations. You get help for your mental health conditions in the format that’s most comfortable for you.

About AshTree Counseling Center: Online ADHD Therapy in North Carolina

I am licensed to practice in the State of North Carolina. I provide virtual services to anyone who lives in NC. If you’re located in North Carolina, I would love to work with you.

If you’re traveling outside of the state but reside in North Carolina, I can only see you when you’re home. Even if you live somewhere else, I can provide services to you while you’re here!

If you reside in the Outer Banks, Wilmington, Greensboro, Raleigh, Durham, or even in the mountains in Asheville, I’d love to work with you.

How Our Process Works

1. Schedule a Free Phone Consultation

A phone consultation lasts around 15 minutes and is a great opportunity for one of our staff members to get to know you and how we can best assist you. Once I gather some details, I can schedule our first session together.

2. Talk to an ADHD Specialist About How I Can Help

The first intake session involves getting to know you on a more detailed level. I’ll ask questions about who you are, your background, your family, your goals for therapy, and your expectations.

This will be a time for you to ask questions and make sure you’re happy and comfortable and for me to create your personalized treatment plan.

3. Begin Your Journey of Acceptance and Growth

As you start to learn more about how ADHD impacts your life, you’ll learn how to utilize what makes you unique to your advantage. I love my ADHD clients – and my goal is to help you grow to love your ADHD as well. 

Online ADHD Therapy Pricing

At AshTree Counseling Center, our online therapy service sessions are $120.

We purposely don’t accept insurance because insurance companies limit your sessions in frequency and content. We price our sessions to be affordable to work directly with you versus focusing on dealing with insurance companies.

What Our Patients Are Saying

“Started teaching me to be more accepting of myself as well be more accepting of my own confusion. I’m more aware of how much my obsessions come from discomfort with ambiguity and my own uncertainty.”

“Thank you for being so intricately kind to me.”

“You were so helpful and made a big impact on me and my life. Your counseling services always gave me a safe space to talk and feel heard.”

FAQs

Can I Get Diagnosed With ADHD Through the AshTree Counseling Center?

Since we are a self-pay facility and don’t work with insurance, we don’t provide a formal diagnosis.

However, we help clients understand the diagnoses received from their doctor or can help undiagnosed clients identify ADHD traits they may carry. This helps them understand how to manage them to improve their mental health.

How Long Will It Take to Receive My Diagnosis?

Since we don’t work directly with insurance companies, we cannot provide a formal diagnosis, but this doesn’t mean we aren’t qualified to do so.

If you’d like to match your symptoms with a name and, more importantly, learn the methods to manage ADHD and its associated symptoms, even without a formal ADHD diagnosis, we are happy to help.

Not all clients want to go through insurance, so this provides a quicker and usually less expensive way to understand yourself and begin to feel better.

Do You Prescribe Medication?

We do not prescribe medication. We are strictly a counseling center.

Am I Seeing a Psychiatrist Through AshTree Counseling Center?

All of our professionals are LCMHCAs, which stands for Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associates.

Is This Process Confidential?

At AshTree Counseling, we use a secure platform specifically built for therapists and other health professionals to ensure 100% confidentiality and privacy.

How Do I Meet with My Provider?

You’ll meet with your provider online in a safe and confidential environment. We make the process as comfortable as possible for our clients, and most feel more comfortable being in their own environment while discussing symptoms, challenges, strengths, and struggles.

What States Do You Operate In?

I currently see patients in North Carolina who are seeking ADHD therapy, along with trauma, autism, and neurodivergence therapies.

Is Online Therapy Effective?

When you work with the right online therapy provider, online therapy for ADHD can be very effective.

The key is working with a mental health provider who specializes in ADHD treatment and understands how to help you live a life of joy and happiness while embracing what makes you different.

Online Resources for ADHD

Not ready to begin your therapy journey today? That’s ok! Here are some resources I recommend to my ADHD clients:

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Other mental health services we offer:

Anyone can suffer from any number of mental health struggles at once. If this specific type of therapy isn’t suited for your needs, take a look at our other areas of focus:

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Information on our virtual therapy services for North Carolina

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Before the pandemic, a lot of mental health professionals viewed virtual therapy in a negative light. After the pandemic, the overall attitude in the mental health community has certainly changed. Now we have an opportunity to provide crucial psychotherapy support to anyone in the State of North Carolina! If you live in NC and are interested in working with us, I can make that happen. We utilize an entirely secure digital platform to conduct our sessions and are able to ensure your privacy. The only caveat to working with us is that you must be located in the NC during the session.