Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating ADHD that includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since ADHD can affect every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders. Doctors typically diagnose this condition during childhood, and it follows a child into adulthood; however, they can also diagnose it in adults. Children with this disorder might have difficulty paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors (acting without thinking about the consequences of their actions), and may be overly active.
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), several ADHD symptoms may be present in an individual before age 12. Many parents of children with ADHD report excessive motor activity during the toddler years. These characteristics can be challenging to distinguish from the inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactive behavior typical of children under four.
When a doctor diagnoses this disorder, they search for six or more symptoms in children, and they look for five or more symptoms in people age 17 and older. There are three types of ADHD: Predominantly Inattentive, Hyperactive-Impulsive, and Combined.
Individuals with this type of ADHD may have difficulty doing the following:
People with this type of ADHD may do the following:
A person with combined ADHD will meet the criteria for both Predominantly Inattentive and Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive ADHD.
Individuals with ADHD can benefit from staying at an inpatient treatment center. A combination of pharmacological therapies, evidence-based behavioral therapies, and mindfulness approaches can help someone manage their ADHD. An experienced medical team can work with patients by engaging them in a variety of therapeutic modalities catered to their needs.
Therapy can help people express their stresses, anxieties, and frustrations so that they can work toward a healthier life. In an ADHD treatment program, therapists and life counselors can help patients re-set their thinking patterns and behaviors, overcome underlying trauma, and develop healthy coping mechanisms.
Different types of therapies include:
If a person with ADHD has co-occurring conditions, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, or substance abuse problems, staying in a controlled, safe environment can help them reclaim their life.