Variety is the spice of life. Everyone is piloted by the grey matter in-between their ears. Isn’t it great that no two brains are the same? Neurodiversity is something that we specialize in and celebrate at AshTree Counseling Center. ADHD is one of the more “common” diagnoses for those in the neurodivergent community. We’re going to talk about what ADHD is, who has it, common symptoms, and what mental health counseling can do for those with it!
What is ADHD?
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? (Read more about this here.)
What this means is that someone with ADHD can have a more difficult time focusing on specific tasks, paying close attention to details, amongst others. The Center for Disease Control has a great article that breaks down the clinical criteria for diagnosis.
If you’re interested in learning more about ADHD, check out our podcast episode:
ADHD is defined by some of the following symptoms:
- Poor planning
- Hot temper/strong emotions
- Low tolerance for frustration
- Trouble coping with stress
- Problems prioritizing
- Difficulty focusing
- Excessive restlessness
- Frequent mood swings
These symptoms are the result of having a brain that’s configured differently than the norm. A lot of people with ADHD are told that they are “stupid”, “slow”, “lazy”, or “easily distracted”. None of that is true! To master something, you must understand it. Undiagnosed ADHD can make someone feel inferior, or that something is “wrong”.
This is even more true for women specifically. Women have often been overlooked when it comes to diagnosing ADHD. Women are just as likely as men to have ADHD, but less likely to be diagnosed.
ADHD is something that can be a huge advantage in life, if you are able to create an environment that supports you. 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.
Talking with a therapist can help identify your symptoms, create a plan to deal with them, and move from “dealing with ADHD” to “thriving with ADHD”.
If you’re interested in talking to a supportive, affirming, positive therapist about ADHD, schedule a consultation! (It’s free.) Whether it’s you or someone you love, we want to help.
P.S. Check out this video and YouTube channel – it’s one of the best breakdowns of ADHD on the internet.