ADHD - Attention Deficit in Adulthood
Contrary to popular belief, ADHD does not grow in childhood; around one adult out of 30 in Germany is affected by ADHD. The following information about ADHD affects both hyperactive and inattentive form (ADS).
How does ADHD show up?
ADHD reduces the ability to consciously draw attention to a task and keep it there - so those affected often find it difficult to listen carefully in conversations or to carry out a job step by step.
Other characteristics are hyperactivity and impulsiveness, but these are not necessarily present. If so, then hyperactivity usually manifests itself differently in adults than in children - often adults regulate their hyperactivity to such an extent that it is hardly noticeable externally. Instead, many sufferers feel a constant feeling of unrest.
In addition, emotions are affected, so those affected often experience a "roller coaster" of feelings, i.e. a frequent fluctuation between enthusiasm and depression.
Origin and consequences of ADHD
Neurobiological factors are predominantly involved in the development. In particular, the distribution of messenger substances that are responsible for attention, planning and implementation deviates.
These peculiarities can usually be observed throughout the entire lifespan. Those with a good knowledge of and familiarity with the special features of ADHD can benefit from strengths such as a high level of comprehension, creativity and enthusiasm. Otherwise, peculiarities can be interpreted as "personal failure" or certain symptoms can be so restrictive that those affected run the risk of developing low self-esteem, depression, dependency, anxiety disorder or other mental disorders.
ADHD - what to do?
If you suspect you have ADHD, get psychotherapeutic or medical help.
In our start: practices in Berlin and Wiesbaden, detailed ADHD diagnostics are carried out. ADHD symptoms are recorded over the entire lifespan in a personal conversation and supplemented by questionnaire diagnostics. It has proven useful to include an external assessment in the diagnostics - depending on the possibility and your permission from a person who has known you for a long time or via information in previous school certificates.
What does the treatment look like?
In psychotherapy, goals are initially agreed and steps towards them are made transparent.
Psychotherapy helps to understand ADHD better, to develop strategies to face difficulties and to recognize one's own strengths. Behavioral therapists support those affected like a coach with daily challenges.
With a non-binding initial discussion in our start: practices, you have the opportunity to tell us your personal concerns so that we can offer you individual treatment options based on the latest science.
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