It’s another meeting and you have to pay attention because this is important stuff and you’re going to do so much better today at paying attention and listening to all the words. You’re listening so intently that you barely notice your leg is bouncing but now you’re listening to your leg bouncing because it’s bouncing your shoelace on the floor and the tic tic tic of the shoelace sounds like the ding ding ding at the railroad crossing when you got stopped by that train yesterday and that made you mad, well, not really mad, but just so… irritated and unsettled. So there you are, trying to listen at this meeting…”Why can’t I just listen?”

At any age, people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) struggle to focus. One thought leads to another in an endless stream of ideas and topics that flow from brain to mouth without filter. Children and adults with ADHD are challenged to organize their thoughts and their surroundings. They may scramble to control their impulses – both physically and mentally – which in turn can affect their mood. Anger, anxiety, low self-esteem, unexpected boredom or excitement are common among people with ADHD, as is a chronic sense of feeling overwhelmed.


ADHD is a combination of persistent problems. More than scattered thoughts or a twitchy leg, ADHD is marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development:

  • Inattention: Difficulty staying on task, sustaining focus, and staying organized. These problems are not due to defiance or lack of comprehension.
  • Hyperactivity: An irrepressible need to move about constantly, including in situations when it is not appropriate; excessively fidget, tap, or talk. In adults, hyperactivity may appear as extreme restlessness or excessive talking.
  • Impulsivity: Acting without thinking or struggling to maintain self-control. Impulsivity could also include a desire for immediate rewards or the inability to delay gratification. An impulsive person may interrupt others or make important decisions without considering long-term consequences.

The cumulative effect of ADHD symptoms can be crushing. Without the ability to focus, work and school performance can suffer. A lack of restraint can stress personal relationships. Failing to prioritize may lead to missed deadlines or forgotten events and activities.

But there is a way through with ADHD therapy. The ADHD therapists at CPA recognize the challenges of living with ADHD at any stage of life. With ADHD counseling, we can help you develop skills to manage your behavior and change negative thinking patterns into positive ones. We want you to be successful at work, at school, at home, with your friends. We have over 30 years of providing ADHD treatment, helping people with ADHD learn to

  • Improve time management and organizational skills
  • Recognize and reduce impulsive behavior
  • Develop better problem-solving skills
  • Cope with past academic, work, or social failures
  • Improve relationships with family, peers, and friends

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