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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

Do you feel as if your brain is being flooded with so much information that you can’t focus? If you have difficulty concentrating, staying on task, are constantly losing things, are late to appointments, underperforming at work or at school and find yourself constantly procrastinating you may be displaying signs of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Other ADD symptoms include hyper-focusing and the appearance of not listening. If you also find that you are impulsive, irritable, and have a difficult time sitting still, you may have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) which includes the extra component of hyperactivity.
ADD is often underdiagnosed in children because their behavior, while noteworthy, isn’t as disruptive to a classroom as those with ADHD. So, it is not unusual to arrive in late adulthood never having been diagnosed. Adults with ADD often struggle in their relationships despite the fact that they are marvelously creative in an infinite number of ways. My job is to help you sort out if this is indeed the case and finding ways to intervene. Providing understanding, structure and improved communications will set you on a path to a more stable and fulfilled future.

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Chronic Illness

I have expertise in working with clients who not only have a mental health diagnosis but a medical one as well. These included individuals who have been diagnosed with seizure disorders, migraines, lupus etc. Dealing with a medical diagnosis can cause anxiety and depression and you must develop new tools during the period of adjustment.

The changes and challenges that occur are often overwhelming. Initially, there are the many unknowns about an illness that you may have little control over. Your prognosis could be unknown or cause worsening conditions over time and loss of previous abilities. You may feel isolated and alone. It may prevent you from participating in activities that were previously routine. Perhaps the diagnosis may keep you from driving a car, parenting in the way you like, change your mobility and independence and keep you from previous employment. It may alter every aspect of your life. You may feel like you are a burden and have lost your autonomy. We will establish a plan that will help you to navigate through these new experiences, deal with the losses and layout a different way to cope without disappearing in the process.