Lauren Stevenson, PsyD., Director
Pasadena, CA

Capstone Psychological Services

Treatment Approach

Treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder often times includes medications to help with improving attention and concentration. At the same time, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is proven to be a highly effective approach that can improve a person's level of functioning by helping them take control of their life. Treatment includes developing organization and planning skills, enhancing attention and concentration while managing distractibility, and learning to think about problems and stressors in more adaptive and helpful ways.

National Institute of Mental Health Link

Attention Deficit / Hyperactive Disorder

ADHD

What is Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and into adulthood. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and experiencing hyperactivity (over-activity).

Treatments can relieve many of the disorder's symptoms, but there is no cure. With treatment, most people with ADHD can be successful in school and work and lead productive lives.

What are the signs and symptoms of ADHD?

  • Be easily distracted, miss details, forget things, and frequently switch from one activity to another
  • Have difficulty focusing on one thing
  • Become bored with a task after only a few minutes, unless they are doing something enjoyable
  • Have difficulty focusing attention on organizing and completing a task or learning something new
  • Have trouble completing or turning in homework assignments, often losing things (e.g., pencils, toys, assignments) needed to complete tasks or activities
  • Not seem to listen when spoken to
  • Daydream, become easily confused
  • Have difficulty processing information as quickly and accurately as others
  • Struggle to follow instructions.
  • Fidget and squirm in their seats
  • Dash around, touching or playing with anything and everything in sight
  • Have trouble sitting still during situations, such as dinner, school, work, or when talking with others
  • Be constantly in motion
  • Have difficulty doing quiet tasks or activities.
  • Be very impatient
  • Blurt out inappropriate comments, show their emotions without restraint, and act without regard for consequences
  • Have difficulty waiting for things they want or waiting their turns in games
  • Often interrupt conversations or others' activities.

(National Institute of Mental Health)