Treating ADHD Without Medication

What is ADHD?

ADHD (also known as ADD) is a neurobehavioral disorder that affects children, adolescents, and adults.  With a prevalence estimated at 4.5% of adults, it is thought to be the second most common psychiatric disorder behind Major Depressive Disorder.  Individuals with ADHD present with three main classes of symptoms:

Inattention, which includes failure to pay attention to details, a tendency to be easily distracted, difficulty organizing tasks and activities, losing track of time, and frequently losing things.

Hyperactivity, which includes excessive talking, excessive fidgeting, or difficulty remaining seated.

Impulsivity, which includes interrupting others, and difficulty following through on finishing tasks.

AD/HD is a chronic condition that emerges in childhood and usually persists into adulthood.  However, its presentation changes over the lifetime, and its severity may fluctuate in response to stressors and life events.

How is ADHD Diagnosed?

ADHD can be difficult to diagnose with a high degree of reliability, since other mental health problems can mimic and/or exacerbate its symptoms. Typically, a mental health provider will spend one or more 60-minute sessions on diagnosis alone.

How is ADHD Treated?

Medications such as short-acting stimulants, SSRI’s and SNRI’s are frequently employed as a first-line intervention in the treatment of ADHD symptoms.  In addition, ADHD symptoms can be managed using behavioral interventions such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, which has been shown to confer benefits beyond those provided by medication.

Can Therapy Help With ADHD?

At SFSAC, we specialize in providing CBT and other highly effective evidence-based treatments for AD/HD, anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric conditions.  We offer both group and individual therapy, and we tailor treatment to your individual needs.