ADHD Therapists in Ottawa, ON

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G. Jeffory Lucas
Drug & Alcohol Counsellor, RP, CCAC, ICADC, CCTACP
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2P
Approximately 40-60% of individuals that struggle with addiction, have ADHD.
Is it time for you, or someone you know, to finally 'Get Real', in their lives? At 'Get Real', Addiction Counselling, you will find an accredited, experienced and caring professional. The primary focus is comprehensive therapy for substance use or addiction, including behavioural problems and related con-current disorders such as ADHD, Anxiety & Depression. Clients include individuals and families struggling with the effect of substance abuse / addiction(s) on their lives. I am a Ontario Registered Psychotherapist, and hold both Canadian & American International Addiction Counselling Certificates.
Approximately 40-60% of individuals that struggle with addiction, have ADHD.
Is it time for you, or someone you know, to finally 'Get Real', in their lives? At 'Get Real', Addiction Counselling, you will find an accredited, experienced and caring professional. The primary focus is comprehensive therapy for substance use or addiction, including behavioural problems and related con-current disorders such as ADHD, Anxiety & Depression. Clients include individuals and families struggling with the effect of substance abuse / addiction(s) on their lives. I am a Ontario Registered Psychotherapist, and hold both Canadian & American International Addiction Counselling Certificates.
(613) 704-4101 View (613) 704-4101
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ADHD Therapy - Charlotte Dirken
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K0A
With 5 years experience working with adults, teens and kids with ADHD and autism, I know what a relief it is for you to find someone with whom you feel comfortable to help sort out some of the stressors and troubles of everyday life. If you're managing many things at once, feeling swamped by a big moment, or dealing with anything else, especially with ADHD, remember I'm here to support you. I'm here to help you find your path, making sure your unique needs are met and your difficulties don't stand in your way. Let's journey towards a future where you feel empowered and at peace, embracing your ADHD as part of your strength.
With 5 years experience working with adults, teens and kids with ADHD and autism, I know what a relief it is for you to find someone with whom you feel comfortable to help sort out some of the stressors and troubles of everyday life. If you're managing many things at once, feeling swamped by a big moment, or dealing with anything else, especially with ADHD, remember I'm here to support you. I'm here to help you find your path, making sure your unique needs are met and your difficulties don't stand in your way. Let's journey towards a future where you feel empowered and at peace, embracing your ADHD as part of your strength.
(343) 313-1172 View (343) 313-1172
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Fatmah Meshary
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BA, MA, RP(Q)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2C  (Online Only)
I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) through CRPO as well as part of the multidisciplinary team at CMAP Health, working under supervision with highly trained professionals. I am interested in helping clients with anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and several other areas. I am currently expanding my knowledge through various workshops and training programs utilizing Cognitive Behavioural therapy to thrive as a certified CBT therapist.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) through CRPO as well as part of the multidisciplinary team at CMAP Health, working under supervision with highly trained professionals. I am interested in helping clients with anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and several other areas. I am currently expanding my knowledge through various workshops and training programs utilizing Cognitive Behavioural therapy to thrive as a certified CBT therapist.
(343) 800-1401 View (343) 800-1401
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Zsuzsa (Susan) Grandpierre
Registered Psychotherapist, MA(Ed), RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2G
I am a Registered Psychotherapist, ADHD coach, mindfulness instructor, and clinical supervisor. I specialize in treating adult ADHD, peri/menopause-related attention, memory or mood changes, trauma, anxiety and mood disorders, and provide support to individuals, couples, and parents affected by these challenges. My therapeutic approach combines ACT & CBT-based psychotherapy, mindfulness & self-compassion training, stress management, executive functions skills development, and coaching strategies to facilitate the development of well-being, self-acceptance, supportive inner talk, and in general showing up for yourself and for others.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist, ADHD coach, mindfulness instructor, and clinical supervisor. I specialize in treating adult ADHD, peri/menopause-related attention, memory or mood changes, trauma, anxiety and mood disorders, and provide support to individuals, couples, and parents affected by these challenges. My therapeutic approach combines ACT & CBT-based psychotherapy, mindfulness & self-compassion training, stress management, executive functions skills development, and coaching strategies to facilitate the development of well-being, self-acceptance, supportive inner talk, and in general showing up for yourself and for others.
(855) 464-0567 View (855) 464-0567
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Askwith Counselling Services
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP, CCC
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1G  (Online Only)
Special expertises: Better ADHD self-management, progressing through diagnosis and post-secondary studies, building supportive environments, accessing the right accommodations and services.
What matters most is finding the right support for you, getting to workable solutions through professional collaboration with the right counsellor. For many life challenges, this means having a professional ally like Howard, as thousands of satisfied clients have experienced first-hand. After 15 years of counselling experience in Vancouver campus and agency settings, he recently spent over 2.5 years as a popular counsellor for students at Algonquin College, assisting adult students addressing challenges on a range of the "issues" listed on this page. Howard relishes fostering mental health, wellness, and strategies for adult life.
Special expertises: Better ADHD self-management, progressing through diagnosis and post-secondary studies, building supportive environments, accessing the right accommodations and services.
What matters most is finding the right support for you, getting to workable solutions through professional collaboration with the right counsellor. For many life challenges, this means having a professional ally like Howard, as thousands of satisfied clients have experienced first-hand. After 15 years of counselling experience in Vancouver campus and agency settings, he recently spent over 2.5 years as a popular counsellor for students at Algonquin College, assisting adult students addressing challenges on a range of the "issues" listed on this page. Howard relishes fostering mental health, wellness, and strategies for adult life.
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Amelia Jones | Adhd | Trauma | Life Purpose | Self Esteem
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RPQ
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1S  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with stress, anxiety, people-pleasing and emotion regulation? Do you feel like you’re not quite good enough, you can never actually reach your goals, or you just can’t seem to do “life” right? Maybe you experienced trauma from growing up in a household with emotionally immature parents. Maybe you have late-diagnosed (or undiagnosed) ADHD, and chronic feelings of being “defective” loom over you constantly. You need a therapist who will help you actually PROCESS what's going on, not just listen. You need somebody who can hold you accountable to making real change in your life, and call you on your shit
Are you struggling with stress, anxiety, people-pleasing and emotion regulation? Do you feel like you’re not quite good enough, you can never actually reach your goals, or you just can’t seem to do “life” right? Maybe you experienced trauma from growing up in a household with emotionally immature parents. Maybe you have late-diagnosed (or undiagnosed) ADHD, and chronic feelings of being “defective” loom over you constantly. You need a therapist who will help you actually PROCESS what's going on, not just listen. You need somebody who can hold you accountable to making real change in your life, and call you on your shit
(343) 801-4608 View (343) 801-4608
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Candace Hebert
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1Y  (Online Only)
I have over 15 years of experience working with a diverse population across a broad area of issues. In particular, I am passionate about working with people who have ADHD and/or ASD, learning disabilities and eating disorders. Whether you are an adolescent, adult or parent who has a new diagnosis or someone who has been struggling with executive function, anxiety, depression, self-esteem and/or parenting, I have helped people to understand the issues, overcome challenges and move through life with more balance and self-compassion.
I have over 15 years of experience working with a diverse population across a broad area of issues. In particular, I am passionate about working with people who have ADHD and/or ASD, learning disabilities and eating disorders. Whether you are an adolescent, adult or parent who has a new diagnosis or someone who has been struggling with executive function, anxiety, depression, self-esteem and/or parenting, I have helped people to understand the issues, overcome challenges and move through life with more balance and self-compassion.
(343) 304-5493 View (343) 304-5493
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Storm Burgonye
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, CCC
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1G  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am passionate about working with you to find your inner strengths and overcome the obstacles that are keeping you from living a fulfilling life. I strive to create a safe and comfortable space where we can collaboratively work towards your therapeutic goals. I have experience working with children, youth, and adults, with a special interest in issues such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, trauma, domestic violence, emotion regulation issues, behavioural difficulties, and school difficulties.
I am passionate about working with you to find your inner strengths and overcome the obstacles that are keeping you from living a fulfilling life. I strive to create a safe and comfortable space where we can collaboratively work towards your therapeutic goals. I have experience working with children, youth, and adults, with a special interest in issues such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, trauma, domestic violence, emotion regulation issues, behavioural difficulties, and school difficulties.
(289) 212-6706 View (289) 212-6706
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Diana Eisenfeld
Registered Psychotherapist, MC, RP
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2P
I work with children, youth and adults. Some of my areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, identity and self-understanding, ADD/ADHD, and trauma (PTSD). I also have experience working with people who struggle with addictions, suicide ideation, and self-harm. My work perspective is based on the Strengths Model, which means that I believe that once we understand the root of our weaknesses, we can turn them into strengths. In addition, my approach is informed by the Narrative and Attachment Theory models, tailored to the specific needs of the person and/or family.
I work with children, youth and adults. Some of my areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, identity and self-understanding, ADD/ADHD, and trauma (PTSD). I also have experience working with people who struggle with addictions, suicide ideation, and self-harm. My work perspective is based on the Strengths Model, which means that I believe that once we understand the root of our weaknesses, we can turn them into strengths. In addition, my approach is informed by the Narrative and Attachment Theory models, tailored to the specific needs of the person and/or family.
(613) 707-6725 View (613) 707-6725
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Dr. Brian Gunther
Psychologist, PhD, C Psyc
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1K
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in working with adults experiencing symptoms of OCD, anxiety, and ADHD, but also work with individuals to address a broad range of difficulties.
My personal therapy style is structured, goal-oriented, solution-focused, collaborative, flexible, empathetic, and patient. I will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs and strive to create an environment where you can discuss difficult topics while feeling safe, understood, and cared for. By establishing a non-judgmental, person-focused atmosphere, one that is based on a concrete and flexible treatment plan, my primary goal is to help you develop insight and create lasting, meaningful change in your life.
I specialize in working with adults experiencing symptoms of OCD, anxiety, and ADHD, but also work with individuals to address a broad range of difficulties.
My personal therapy style is structured, goal-oriented, solution-focused, collaborative, flexible, empathetic, and patient. I will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs and strive to create an environment where you can discuss difficult topics while feeling safe, understood, and cared for. By establishing a non-judgmental, person-focused atmosphere, one that is based on a concrete and flexible treatment plan, my primary goal is to help you develop insight and create lasting, meaningful change in your life.
(613) 801-0485 View (613) 801-0485
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Kalon Roy
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2E  (Online Only)
Are you or a loved one autistic? How about ADHD, anxious or depressed? Is being neurodivergent impacting your goals or your relationships with your loved ones? If so you're definitely not alone. Being neurodivergent often means that we process things differently, leading to different strengths.
Are you or a loved one autistic? How about ADHD, anxious or depressed? Is being neurodivergent impacting your goals or your relationships with your loved ones? If so you're definitely not alone. Being neurodivergent often means that we process things differently, leading to different strengths.
(343) 306-4530 View (343) 306-4530
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Zsofia Grandpierre
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP, CCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2G  (Online Only)
Asking for help is the bravest step you can take and I want to help you make the most of this courageous step forward. I specialize in adult ADHD and postpartum mood disorders. As a fellow parent (of 3) I know how this time can bring great joy and simultaneously be the cause of overwhelm. If you have ADHD know that it does not define you, but it does impact your brain processes. To be the person deep in your heart, the work starts from the inside out. Together, we'll make sense of your pain, learn transformative skills, improve functioning and self-regulation.
Asking for help is the bravest step you can take and I want to help you make the most of this courageous step forward. I specialize in adult ADHD and postpartum mood disorders. As a fellow parent (of 3) I know how this time can bring great joy and simultaneously be the cause of overwhelm. If you have ADHD know that it does not define you, but it does impact your brain processes. To be the person deep in your heart, the work starts from the inside out. Together, we'll make sense of your pain, learn transformative skills, improve functioning and self-regulation.
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Willow Roots Therapy- Counselling Services
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, RMFT, MSc
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1N
Waitlist for new clients
Some of the issues I focus on are depression, anxiety, communication skills’ building, pre and post-marital conflict, attention-deficit disorder (ADHD), intimacy/ relationship issues and any day-to-day life concerns. If you feel ready to explore your feelings and you are willing to work on yourself, please contact me to set up an appointment.
Some of the issues I focus on are depression, anxiety, communication skills’ building, pre and post-marital conflict, attention-deficit disorder (ADHD), intimacy/ relationship issues and any day-to-day life concerns. If you feel ready to explore your feelings and you are willing to work on yourself, please contact me to set up an appointment.
(343) 429-6192 View (343) 429-6192
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Ryan Wyatt
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1P
and have experience working with adolescents (13+) and adults dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD, work-place stress, low self-esteem, relationship issues and difficulties adjusting to life transitions and sport performance.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and hold a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Ottawa as well as a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. My five years working in education helped me realize the passion I have for working with others to overcome challenges and improve their lived experiences. My lived experiences and interactions with others have made me a firm believer in the strength and resiliency of people. It is our responses to these challenges that can help foster healthy thinking patterns, behaviours and a belief in our own strengths.
and have experience working with adolescents (13+) and adults dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD, work-place stress, low self-esteem, relationship issues and difficulties adjusting to life transitions and sport performance.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and hold a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Ottawa as well as a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. My five years working in education helped me realize the passion I have for working with others to overcome challenges and improve their lived experiences. My lived experiences and interactions with others have made me a firm believer in the strength and resiliency of people. It is our responses to these challenges that can help foster healthy thinking patterns, behaviours and a belief in our own strengths.
(343) 312-7496 View (343) 312-7496
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Dr. Jessica Kurta
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1Y
Are you feeling stressed, anxious or depressed? Are you worried about your child or teen's peer relationships, emotional wellbeing, adjustment to school? Need help with ADHD or OCD? Are you feeling stuck or weighed down in your relationships and want to find a better way forward? Are you looking for strategies to manage workplace stress, change in your life, or loss/grief? Need relief from past difficult experiences?
Are you feeling stressed, anxious or depressed? Are you worried about your child or teen's peer relationships, emotional wellbeing, adjustment to school? Need help with ADHD or OCD? Are you feeling stuck or weighed down in your relationships and want to find a better way forward? Are you looking for strategies to manage workplace stress, change in your life, or loss/grief? Need relief from past difficult experiences?
(343) 307-0200 View (343) 307-0200
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Rory Batchilder
Registered Psychotherapist, BSc, MEd, CCC, RP
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2C  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Get Organized - ADHD Coaching.
Private practice 20 yrs. Instructed at Counsellor Training Institute (CTI) for two years. Postgraduate Diploma in Couples Therapy in addition to Master's Degree. Your story will emerge . . . your goals and passions. Depression, anxiety, conflict, anger, addictions, self-esteem, spiritual searching, communication, relationship and intimacy issues. Familiar with complementary healing; mindfulness, inner-child, ego-states, positive psychology, visualization & meditation. Certified by: College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario ( 002563) & CCPA ( 8192). Fully Insured.
Get Organized - ADHD Coaching.
Private practice 20 yrs. Instructed at Counsellor Training Institute (CTI) for two years. Postgraduate Diploma in Couples Therapy in addition to Master's Degree. Your story will emerge . . . your goals and passions. Depression, anxiety, conflict, anger, addictions, self-esteem, spiritual searching, communication, relationship and intimacy issues. Familiar with complementary healing; mindfulness, inner-child, ego-states, positive psychology, visualization & meditation. Certified by: College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario ( 002563) & CCPA ( 8192). Fully Insured.
(613) 777-0637 View (613) 777-0637
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Sarah Gardiner
Psychological Associate, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2H
I also provide Psychological and Psychoeducational assessments for individuals who are experiencing concerns including ADHD, Learning Disabilities/Disorders, Giftedness, Intellectual Disability, Behavioural Challenges, and other associated difficulties that may impact an individual's functioning.
I provide Psychotherapy and Psychological assessments to children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing a wide range of issues, including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, aggression/anger, behavioural challenges, bullying, and emotional regulation. I provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which is an evidence-based form of therapy that focuses on how thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs impact and influence our emotions and behavioural reactions. Clients interested in services at our clinic are encouraged to call, email, or utilize the online booking feature of the Waystone Psychology website.
I also provide Psychological and Psychoeducational assessments for individuals who are experiencing concerns including ADHD, Learning Disabilities/Disorders, Giftedness, Intellectual Disability, Behavioural Challenges, and other associated difficulties that may impact an individual's functioning.
I provide Psychotherapy and Psychological assessments to children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing a wide range of issues, including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, aggression/anger, behavioural challenges, bullying, and emotional regulation. I provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which is an evidence-based form of therapy that focuses on how thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs impact and influence our emotions and behavioural reactions. Clients interested in services at our clinic are encouraged to call, email, or utilize the online booking feature of the Waystone Psychology website.
(343) 300-0058 View (343) 300-0058
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Lydia Lee, OT Reg. (Ont.), Psychotherapist
Occupational Therapist, MScOT, OT Reg
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2C  (Online Only)
I have special interest in helping adults with depression, anxiety, TBI/ concussion, ADHD, schizophrenia, neurological disorders and trauma.
You may be here because it's a struggle to function in your daily life right now. You feel easily overwhelmed or have intrusive thoughts. It’s difficult to focus, be productive or sleep through the night. In therapy, we'll address your emotional, cognitive and behavioural challenges and how they impact your ability to engage in meaningful daily activities and relationships. You’ll learn to use coping skills, emotional acceptance, behavioural strategies and mindfulness. My clients experience a gradual lifting of their symptoms and regain their sense of self after starting therapy.
I have special interest in helping adults with depression, anxiety, TBI/ concussion, ADHD, schizophrenia, neurological disorders and trauma.
You may be here because it's a struggle to function in your daily life right now. You feel easily overwhelmed or have intrusive thoughts. It’s difficult to focus, be productive or sleep through the night. In therapy, we'll address your emotional, cognitive and behavioural challenges and how they impact your ability to engage in meaningful daily activities and relationships. You’ll learn to use coping skills, emotional acceptance, behavioural strategies and mindfulness. My clients experience a gradual lifting of their symptoms and regain their sense of self after starting therapy.
(343) 453-0266 View (343) 453-0266
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Robyn Bruyea
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2P  (Online Only)
Is your child (age 10-17) struggling with ADHD, OCD or anxiety? I have worked as a behavioural therapist for the past 10 years and I specialize in providing support and guidance to children and adolescents seeking relief from the impact of ADHD, OCD, and anxiety. With a personalized and evidence-based approach, I aim to create a safe and understanding space where we can collaboratively explore effective coping strategies and develop practical tools to manage symptoms. My commitment to fostering a non-judgmental and compassionate environment ensures that your child feels heard and supported throughout their therapeutic journey.
Is your child (age 10-17) struggling with ADHD, OCD or anxiety? I have worked as a behavioural therapist for the past 10 years and I specialize in providing support and guidance to children and adolescents seeking relief from the impact of ADHD, OCD, and anxiety. With a personalized and evidence-based approach, I aim to create a safe and understanding space where we can collaboratively explore effective coping strategies and develop practical tools to manage symptoms. My commitment to fostering a non-judgmental and compassionate environment ensures that your child feels heard and supported throughout their therapeutic journey.
(343) 342-1457 View (343) 342-1457
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Hayley Maynard
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2E
I work with people who experience intense emotions with the aim of coming to understand these feelings as not only real, but also important, valid, and meaningful. Generally, this includes teens (13+), young adults, adults, and couples who are hoping to work toward managing their feelings in a way that allows them to interact with the world, and their loved ones, more effectively. As someone who focuses on this area of feelings work I have developed strong skills working with anxiety, BPD, ADHD, trauma, and grief, as these areas are often interconnected. Clients often describe me as warm, kind, and (at least a little bit) funny.
I work with people who experience intense emotions with the aim of coming to understand these feelings as not only real, but also important, valid, and meaningful. Generally, this includes teens (13+), young adults, adults, and couples who are hoping to work toward managing their feelings in a way that allows them to interact with the world, and their loved ones, more effectively. As someone who focuses on this area of feelings work I have developed strong skills working with anxiety, BPD, ADHD, trauma, and grief, as these areas are often interconnected. Clients often describe me as warm, kind, and (at least a little bit) funny.
(343) 430-5462 View (343) 430-5462

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ADHD Counsellors

When should I seek treatment for ADHD?

You should seek treatment for ADHD if you consistently have difficulty with attention, hyperactivity, or impulsivity that interferes with your daily life. Symptoms of ADHD include the inability to sustain attention during tasks, difficulty organizing tasks and activities, being easily distracted, frequent fidgeting or squirming, and talking or interrupting excessively. If these symptoms interfere with your career, academics, or relationships—for example, consistently failing to complete professional projects on time—you should seek an evaluation for ADHD.

How does treatment for ADHD work?

Effective treatment for ADHD often consists of medication, behavioral therapy, and lifestyle changes. Stimulant medications such as Adderall and Ritalin work by altering levels of neurotransmitters in the brain; higher levels of dopamine and norepinephrine are known to improve attention and focus. Therapy works by helping people with ADHD understand the condition, discuss their areas of difficulty, and develop behavioral strategies to manage their symptoms. In some cases, modifying one’s diet and exercise can also help improve symptoms.

Are there specific medications for ADHD?

Medications to treat ADHD are generally stimulants, the most common are Adderall and Ritalin. There are two categories of stimulants: Amphetamines include Adderall, Dyanavel, Vyvanse, and Dexedrine, and methylphenidates include Ritalin, Concerta, Daytrana, Focalin, Quillichew, Quillivant, and Metadate. Non-stimulants and antidepressants may be used as an alternative if stimulants aren’t effective or viable for a particular patient.

How long does treatment for ADHD take?

It’s tough to give an exact time frame because everyone varies. In terms of medications, stimulants begin to work very soon after you take them, generally within the hour. It may take time to identify the right medication and dosage, but the medication itself is fast-acting. In terms of therapy, it takes time to develop skills and put them into practice, but you will likely see improvements within a few weeks or months.