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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • If you or someone you know has ever been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) or believes they may have symptoms of ADHD, they may have trouble focusing or difficulty remembering things, get distracted easily, have impulse control issues, have difficulty organizing tasks and activities, may frequently lose things, and may in some cases show signs of hyperactivity.

    Both kids and adults with this diagnosis frequently report that emotions play a big role in daily challenges. These same individuals may often struggle with low self-esteem, anger issues, anxiety, or depression. Those with ADHD often experience more frequent and intense emotions that can impact daily living and their relationships with others. These individuals often get stuck in negative thinking patterns, have a low level of distress tolerance, or lack the necessary coping skills to help manage their behaviors and emotions. They may feel hopeless, that they canít do anything right, or are a disappointment to others.

    Effective treatment for ADHD may include seeking counseling services with a trained therapist, medication if needed, or a combination of the two. 

    Debbie Briggs, LMHC, LMFTA
    Licensed Mental Health Counselor &
    Marriage and Family Therapy Associate
    Bright Adventures Child & Family Counseling
    200 N Mullan Rd., Suite 214
    Spokane Valley, Washington  99206
    (509) 209-3261
    email:  Debbie@brightadventurescounseling.com

  • ADHD is often associated with learning disabilities, because people with ADHD may also have a hard time focusing enough to learn and study. Students with ADHD are often easily distracted and have trouble concentrating. They may also be excessively active or have trouble controlling their impulses.
  • Every classroom of 30 students has 1 to 3 children with ADHD, on average.

    3 to 5%, or about 2 million, of American teens suffer from ADHD.

    4.4l% of the adult US population has ADHD, but less than 20% of these individuals seek help for it.
    (source: https://www.additudemag.com/the-statistics- of-adhd/)

  • One out of five teenage American boys has been diagnosed as hyperactive.  The CDC says ADHD cases have grown 53% in the past decade.  11% of all school-age children have been diagnosed.  Up to two-thirds are taking drugs to treat the condition.  Many doctors believe too many children and teenagers are being medicated.  (source:  "New Government Data Show Rise in Diagnoses of Attention Deficit," The New York Times reporting a CDC study on ADHD, April 1, 2013)
What May Help

  • Hyperactive behavior in children has been linked to food dyes, although the research does not prove that food colorings actually cause ADHD behavior.  Some children are very sensitive to food dyes, preservatives, and sugar.  These items are significant ingredients in many juices, chips, cereals and most prepared foods.  Some children are also very sensitive to cleaning fluids and even scented candles, dust, cat dander, dogs and even carpeting.   Children with ADHD behavior often do better with quiet, routine structure, instead of over scheduling with additional activities.   
  • Some of the ADHD behaviors can be eliminated or diminished, as follows:   
    • Eliminate foods with large quantities of dyes.
    • Reduce or eliminate sugary drinks.
    • Plan a consistent routine in the home.
    • Snack on whole foods as found in nature, instead of packaged snacks.
    • Look for allergens in the home, and see if eliminating those helps.  
Dr. Doris J. Rapp believes that many children are erroneously labeled as dumb, lazy, nasty, rude, overactive, irritable, slow or impossible due to food and environment issues.  Dr. Rapp teaches parents how to recognize which children have allergies, food, or chemical sensitivities interfering with their ability to learn and behave normally.  (source:  The Lancet medical journal, September 2007, and The Impossible Child, by Doris J. Rapp, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at State University of New York at Buffalo) 
Local Organizations
Additional Resources

ADDitude - inside the ADHD mind.
Learn more about the ADHD brain, symptom tests, ADHD in children, ADHD in adults, ADHD symptoms in women and girls, obsessive compulsive disorder, and more. 

The National Resource on ADHD