Allenmore Psychological Associates remains OPEN. During this period of concern and anxiety having access to quality behavioral health care is important and our staff is dedicated to ensuring your behavioral health care needs are met. In the unlikely event that the WA Department of Health directs us to close we will notify patients via telephone on the day of their appointment (similar to our Snow Day policy). If you are an existing patient who is demonstrating symptoms associated with the coronavirus or impacted by related closures (e.g. cannot find day care due to a school closure) and need to cancel we ask that you inform our staff as soon as possible, APA will not charge you for a late cancellation.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Once known as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a psychological disorder that affects an individual’s ability to concentrate and maintain attention, and may result in hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. Individuals who suffer from ADHD develop their symptoms during prior to age seven, and these symptoms are chronic and often affect many areas of functioning. Specifically, the difficulties people experience from the presence of ADHD cause significant interference in more than one area of functioning in their lives (i.e., at home, school, work, and in their interpersonal relationships) over the course of their childhood and adolescence and can often persist into adulthood. The symptoms of ADHD are chronic in nature but with accurate diagnosis and adequate treatment most people with ADHD can experience substantial relief, improve their coping skills and increase their ability to function in many areas of their lives. If you would like more information about ADHD, please consider the recommended readings listed in our resources section.

What are the Specific Symptoms of ADHD?

1. Inattention can manifest in many different forms. Here are examples of specific symptoms:

  • Difficulty paying and/or sustaining attention and having the tendency to make careless mistakes
  • Procrastination
  • Being easily distracted
  • Difficulty completing tasks that require concentration
  • Making frequent changes from one task or activity to another
  • Disorganization
  • Forgetfulness

2. Hyperactivity can be observed as:

  • Fidgeting
  • Struggling to play quietly
  • Talking excessively
  • Always being on the go
  • Engaging in high energy activities (i.e., jumping, climbing, running, etc.) excessively in inappropriate places or settings

3. Impulsivity can be manifested as:

  • Impatience
  • Struggling to delay responses
  • Having difficulty waiting one’s turn
  • Blurting out responses
  • Frequently interrupting
  • Starting conversations at inappropriate times.

ADHD Treatment and Evaluation Options

At Allenmore Psychological Associates we understand that all individuals are unique, and that no two people experience ADHD in exactly the same manner. As a result, we believe that the most effective treatment is always tailored to the individual client. At APA we strive to match you with an ADHD specialist who can tailor their treatment method to your unique needs. To accomplish this, we generally begin our work by getting to know you and obtaining a thorough personal history. After taking the time to truly listen to you and get a sense of your significant life experiences, we begin to narrow our focus to the specific symptoms of ADHD that led you to seek treatment. Your therapist will coach you through identifying which symptoms to address first, and will collaborate with you to create personally meaningful goals and an effective treatment plan to reach those goals. There are a number of research-based psychotherapeutic approaches that we utilize at Allenmore Psychological Associates to treat ADHD. These include:

ADHD Assessment

In addition to the treatment of ADHD, the professionals at Allenmore Psychological Associates also provide detailed ADHD evaluations to investigate the presence of a valid ADHD diagnosis. ADHD is often over-diagnosed due to the complexity of the diagnosis. As a result, it is essential for the proper treatment of each individual suffering from inattention, hyperactivity, and/or impulsiveness to determine if their struggles are due to a lifelong psychological disorder (i.e., ADHD) or stemming from another psychological difficulty that produces symptoms similar to ADHD. The purpose of such a thorough evaluation is to not only provide the client with appropriate treatment recommendations, but also to provide support for accommodations that may be necessary in school and/or work settings. Furthermore, these evaluations may assist families and other support systems for the individual suffering from ADHD to provide environmental adjustments that will help the individual succeed. Your counselor can coach you in utilizing assessment results to advocate for accommodations that can help you or a family member suffering from ADHD to feel supported and successful. Our therapists have been providing assessments for ADHD that Tacoma and Seattle area families have relied upon to provide meaningful diagnoses and useful recommendations for the last few decades.

Medication Management

Allenmore Psychological Associates has a psychiatric nurse practitioner who is experienced in providing assessment and medication treatment options for individuals suffering from ADHD. Learn more about medication management services at Allenmore.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

This treatment approach views thoughts, behaviors, and emotions as inter-related. The client is helped to determine behavioral coping strategies to improve their ability to be attentive, relaxed, and less impulsive. The client is also helped to develop insight regarding their thought patterns and behaviors that cause, contribute or maintain symptoms of ADHD. With this insight, the client can then be empowered to change their thoughts and behaviors in ways that will build the skills necessary to alleviate the severity of their ADHD symptoms.

Contact Us for Help with ADHD

At APA our counseling specialists have over three decades of experience treating the behaviors and symptoms associated with ADHD. We are ideally positioned to assist individuals in the Tacoma, Seattle and greater Puget Sound region in obtaining relief from this troubling disorder. There is no need to continue suffering from ADHD when effective treatment is available. For more information about treatments for ADHD available at Allenmore Psychological Associates, or to schedule an initial appointment or evaluation, please call (253) 752-7320.

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