... the common misconception that only children suffer from ADD/ ADHD often interferes with recognition of the diagnosis in adults ...

Adults with ADD/ADHD

People living with a family member with ADD or ADHD understand the impact it can have on a family.  The frustrations can be constant, the chaos overwhelming.  That’s why it is our priority to offer top-quality services for this diagnosis.  While there is no talk-therapy cure for ADD/ ADHD, there are multiple techniques that can be utilized to greatly reduce the effects it can have on the individual and the family.  Using a combination of cognitive behavioral techniques, anger management, stress management and coping skills training, the difference that treatment can make can be profound.

While ADD/ ADHD is often associated with children, it is an issue that plagues adults as well.  The common misconception that only children suffer from this issue causes confusion and often interferes with recognition of the diagnosis in adults.  ADD/ ADHD can cause multiple problems in the life of an adult who has it, including difficulty holding down a job or problems with employment, problems with personal relationships, and difficulty with peer relationships.  Undiagnosed, people with ADD/ ADHD often turn to alcohol or other substances to try to cope with their feeling of lack of control over their life.  This is why accurate diagnosis and treatment is so critical. 


Whitson Family Therapy offers the following services for adults with ADD/ ADHD:

  • Psychological/ Neuropsychological testing
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Anger management
  • Stress management
  • Coping skills training
  • Individual therapy
  • Couple’s therapy
  • Family therapy  

Did you know…

  • ADD/ ADHD and bipolar disorder can present similarly in certain individuals.  An accurate diagnosis is absolutely critical to obtaining appropriate treatment.  If the wrong issue is being treated with medication or otherwise, limited symptom relief will be offered and it may create other behaviors that were not present previously.
  • Individuals with ADD/ ADHD often also have issues of depression and/ or anxiety, which often goes undiagnosed because the ADD/ ADHD symptoms mask the depression or anxiety.  When this occurs, the treatment is not comprehensive enough to address all of the problems and therefore has limited success.

Psychological/ Neuropsychological testing may be the answer…

  • In most cases, testing can give you a definitive diagnosis for ADD/ ADHD and will usually determine any other diagnoses as well.
  • You can be sure you are getting the right diagnosis, which will allow you to proceed with the right kind of treatment.