ADHD Counselling in Edinburgh

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Alina Dragomir
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1  (Online Only)
Whether you are neurodivergent (autistic, ADHD, AuDHD, cPTSD) or not, I will help you foster self-compassion, actualise potential, and gain tools & strategies that truly align with your needs.
Do you ask yourself: “Why do I struggle with things others find easy?” You might feel like you don’t quite fit in the 'regular' world. You may have tried therapy in the past but it didn't help and most therapists didn't 'get' you. You're in the right place. Your unique wiring can make navigating the world challenging, and those difficulties are undeniable. But guess what? You CAN experience more ease and fulfillment in your life. You have so much to offer, and I’m truly glad you’re here. Together, we’ll explore what your best life looks like and find the path to help you achieve it.
Whether you are neurodivergent (autistic, ADHD, AuDHD, cPTSD) or not, I will help you foster self-compassion, actualise potential, and gain tools & strategies that truly align with your needs.
Do you ask yourself: “Why do I struggle with things others find easy?” You might feel like you don’t quite fit in the 'regular' world. You may have tried therapy in the past but it didn't help and most therapists didn't 'get' you. You're in the right place. Your unique wiring can make navigating the world challenging, and those difficulties are undeniable. But guess what? You CAN experience more ease and fulfillment in your life. You have so much to offer, and I’m truly glad you’re here. Together, we’ll explore what your best life looks like and find the path to help you achieve it.
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Child and Brain
Psychologist, PsychD, CPsychol
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
Has your child anxiety? Sensory or motor issues? Struggles at school? Can you cope with these? Have you had any assessment and/without medication but it seems not to be enough? Your child might have ADHD, Dyslexia, development delay or something else, but solutions offered do not improve their quality of life? Primitive reflexes integration therapy can help. Neuroscience techniques are developing quickly nowadays, and therapies based on neuroplasticity stimulation are under science research giving great results.
Has your child anxiety? Sensory or motor issues? Struggles at school? Can you cope with these? Have you had any assessment and/without medication but it seems not to be enough? Your child might have ADHD, Dyslexia, development delay or something else, but solutions offered do not improve their quality of life? Primitive reflexes integration therapy can help. Neuroscience techniques are developing quickly nowadays, and therapies based on neuroplasticity stimulation are under science research giving great results.
0131 381 0268 View 0131 381 0268
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Room To Change
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH6
Hi, I'm Lilian, an Addictions Therapist and Executive Function Coach. I specialise in problematic drug and alcohol use, sex and pornography addiction, and anxiety and depression. I also work with couples, and with partners experiencing betrayal trauma. As a coach, I work with people diagnosed and self-diagnosed with Autism (ASD) and ADHD to support executive functioning skills. You may be experiencing problems in your relationships, work, health and finances and feel overwhelmed. Understanding your relationship with substances, sex or porn is key to resolving the struggle.
Hi, I'm Lilian, an Addictions Therapist and Executive Function Coach. I specialise in problematic drug and alcohol use, sex and pornography addiction, and anxiety and depression. I also work with couples, and with partners experiencing betrayal trauma. As a coach, I work with people diagnosed and self-diagnosed with Autism (ASD) and ADHD to support executive functioning skills. You may be experiencing problems in your relationships, work, health and finances and feel overwhelmed. Understanding your relationship with substances, sex or porn is key to resolving the struggle.
0131 378 6646 View 0131 378 6646
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Sandy Blair
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH15
Sometimes when life is difficult and your troubles seem overwhelming it can feel like there is no-one to talk to, or when you do talk it feels like no-one actually hears what you are saying. I can offer you a warm, non-judgemental and compassionate space where you can talk and really be heard. There are many reasons why you may be thinking of counselling. You may be struggling with grief after a bereavement or loss, or feeling overwhelmed with anxiety. You may have been recently diagnosed (or self-diagnosed) with autism or ADHD and want to make meaning of your past, present and future with the diagnosis.
Sometimes when life is difficult and your troubles seem overwhelming it can feel like there is no-one to talk to, or when you do talk it feels like no-one actually hears what you are saying. I can offer you a warm, non-judgemental and compassionate space where you can talk and really be heard. There are many reasons why you may be thinking of counselling. You may be struggling with grief after a bereavement or loss, or feeling overwhelmed with anxiety. You may have been recently diagnosed (or self-diagnosed) with autism or ADHD and want to make meaning of your past, present and future with the diagnosis.
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Derek McMillan
MA
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH10
I work with clients from a wide range of backgrounds exploring many issues including addiction, relationships, depression, identity, religion/spirituality, child abuse and ADHD.
I am a certified practitioner of Gabor Mate's somatic based psychotherapeutic approach, compassionate inquiry. I come from a background teaching psychology, philosophy and religious/moral studies and bring together three decades of experience of mind/body practices and academic studies to offer my clients a safe space, non-judgemental presence, natural curiosity, humility and a deep desire to work alongside you on your journey of healing and personal growth.
I work with clients from a wide range of backgrounds exploring many issues including addiction, relationships, depression, identity, religion/spirituality, child abuse and ADHD.
I am a certified practitioner of Gabor Mate's somatic based psychotherapeutic approach, compassionate inquiry. I come from a background teaching psychology, philosophy and religious/moral studies and bring together three decades of experience of mind/body practices and academic studies to offer my clients a safe space, non-judgemental presence, natural curiosity, humility and a deep desire to work alongside you on your journey of healing and personal growth.
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Emma Ryland Positive About Neurodiversity
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH6
It’s a big step to come to therapy, especially if you’ve had a lifetime of feeling different and not understood or heard. Maybe you experience anxiety and it’s starting to impact your life? Perhaps you have poor self-esteem and would like to set better boundaries? Have you or someone you care about recently received an autism or ADHD diagnosis and you’re having complicated feelings, not sure what to do now? Are you keen to please others but really harsh on yourself? I regularly work with people who answer 'yes' to these types of question.
It’s a big step to come to therapy, especially if you’ve had a lifetime of feeling different and not understood or heard. Maybe you experience anxiety and it’s starting to impact your life? Perhaps you have poor self-esteem and would like to set better boundaries? Have you or someone you care about recently received an autism or ADHD diagnosis and you’re having complicated feelings, not sure what to do now? Are you keen to please others but really harsh on yourself? I regularly work with people who answer 'yes' to these types of question.
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Maristela Lima-Napier
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH10
Some of the issues people struggle with are: Anxiety / Depression / Anger / Building confidence and self-esteem / Changing negative habit / Loss / Stress / Relationships / Improving communication / ACEs & PTSD / Recognising and regulate comorbidities generated by ASD, Asperger Syndrome, ADHD, Borderline Disorder / Chronic Pain Co-dependency / sexuality.
Counselling is non-judgmental, does not tell you what to do, but it encourages you to seek out your own choices in life to become complete. There are many different therapeutic tools to help a person to communicate emotions, we can use creative materials, sand and art when verbal communication is tricky. I offer counselling face to face and online: via Zoom, WhatsApp, and FaceTime platforms, in English and Portuguese languages.
Some of the issues people struggle with are: Anxiety / Depression / Anger / Building confidence and self-esteem / Changing negative habit / Loss / Stress / Relationships / Improving communication / ACEs & PTSD / Recognising and regulate comorbidities generated by ASD, Asperger Syndrome, ADHD, Borderline Disorder / Chronic Pain Co-dependency / sexuality.
Counselling is non-judgmental, does not tell you what to do, but it encourages you to seek out your own choices in life to become complete. There are many different therapeutic tools to help a person to communicate emotions, we can use creative materials, sand and art when verbal communication is tricky. I offer counselling face to face and online: via Zoom, WhatsApp, and FaceTime platforms, in English and Portuguese languages.
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Kat Boczek
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH3
I am a Person-Centred counsellor, which means I work collaboratively with you to develop a personalised approach that fits your unique needs. I especially enjoy supporting individuals dealing with ADHD, Autism, navigating questions of identity and sexuality, or struggling with work stress and burnout. I'm committed to working with neurodivergent clients in a neuro-affirming way, valuing their unique experiences and strengths. I also strive to create a safe and affirming space for LGBTQAI+ individuals and members of other marginalised communities.
I am a Person-Centred counsellor, which means I work collaboratively with you to develop a personalised approach that fits your unique needs. I especially enjoy supporting individuals dealing with ADHD, Autism, navigating questions of identity and sexuality, or struggling with work stress and burnout. I'm committed to working with neurodivergent clients in a neuro-affirming way, valuing their unique experiences and strengths. I also strive to create a safe and affirming space for LGBTQAI+ individuals and members of other marginalised communities.
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Keyong Ma
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1  (Online Only)
With a diverse background in community psychological services, NHS secondary care affective disorder services, specialist eating disorder services, and NeuroDevelopmental Disorder services, I possess a wealth of experience in addressing a wide range of issues, including ADHD, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, emotion dysregulation, borderline disorder, bipolar disorders and trauma. I aim to tailor treatment to meet the specific needs of clients, rather than requiring clients to adapt to a pre-determined model.
With a diverse background in community psychological services, NHS secondary care affective disorder services, specialist eating disorder services, and NeuroDevelopmental Disorder services, I possess a wealth of experience in addressing a wide range of issues, including ADHD, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, emotion dysregulation, borderline disorder, bipolar disorders and trauma. I aim to tailor treatment to meet the specific needs of clients, rather than requiring clients to adapt to a pre-determined model.
020 4538 4999 View 020 4538 4999
Photo of Cheryl Venart Lindsey Burns - Neurodivergent Diagnostics, PsychD, HCPC - Health Psych., Psychologist
Neurodivergent Diagnostics
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Health Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH1
Are you looking for an adult ADHD assessment in Glasgow or the UK? Perhaps you need coaching or therapy for ADHD, Autism, or multiple neurodivergence? We are a team of HCPC registered and BPS Chartered Practitioner Psychologists experienced in neurodivergence. We have expertise in providing recommendations for the workplace, and in educational contexts. We provide ADHD assessments for young people and adults (16 years old+), and provide therapy and coaching for adults. Our team have years of personal and professional experience in neurodiversity, therefore we are incredibly passionate about providing neuroaffirmative support.
Are you looking for an adult ADHD assessment in Glasgow or the UK? Perhaps you need coaching or therapy for ADHD, Autism, or multiple neurodivergence? We are a team of HCPC registered and BPS Chartered Practitioner Psychologists experienced in neurodivergence. We have expertise in providing recommendations for the workplace, and in educational contexts. We provide ADHD assessments for young people and adults (16 years old+), and provide therapy and coaching for adults. Our team have years of personal and professional experience in neurodiversity, therefore we are incredibly passionate about providing neuroaffirmative support.
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Dr Lindsey Jane Burns - Neurodiversity And Health
Psychologist, PhD, HCPC - Health Psych.
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH14
Are you looking for help with neurodiversity? I'm a HCPC Practitioner Health Psychologist qualified to carry out ADHD assessment and diagnosis. As a Health Psychologist I work with individuals to assess, diagnose, and support. This includes issues relating to neurodiversity including women’s health (e.g. menopause), the management of chronic health conditions, weight management, stress management, self-belief and self confidence, and sleep. I use an approach that blends cognitive behavioural, solutions focused and coaching techniques and can help you identify clear goals and make positive changes in your life.
Are you looking for help with neurodiversity? I'm a HCPC Practitioner Health Psychologist qualified to carry out ADHD assessment and diagnosis. As a Health Psychologist I work with individuals to assess, diagnose, and support. This includes issues relating to neurodiversity including women’s health (e.g. menopause), the management of chronic health conditions, weight management, stress management, self-belief and self confidence, and sleep. I use an approach that blends cognitive behavioural, solutions focused and coaching techniques and can help you identify clear goals and make positive changes in your life.
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Alinea Therapies
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH10  (Online Only)
My therapy space is open to everyone, but my expertise extend to supporting individuals with ADHD, depression /low mood, anxiety, developing healthy self-esteem and self confidence, processing trauma, navigating relationship concerns, bereavement, and self-identity issues.
Hello, I'm Camille! As a psychotherapist, my aim is simple: to walk alongside you as you navigate life's twists and turns, empowering you to chart your own course. Starting therapy can be daunting with so many different approaches and qualifications, it can feel like a maze. But together, we'll find the path that feels right for you—one step at a time. No matter where your starting point, in our sessions, you'll find a space where you can be truly yourself. No judgments, just empathy. I'm here to listen, to understand, and to help you make sense of your experiences.
My therapy space is open to everyone, but my expertise extend to supporting individuals with ADHD, depression /low mood, anxiety, developing healthy self-esteem and self confidence, processing trauma, navigating relationship concerns, bereavement, and self-identity issues.
Hello, I'm Camille! As a psychotherapist, my aim is simple: to walk alongside you as you navigate life's twists and turns, empowering you to chart your own course. Starting therapy can be daunting with so many different approaches and qualifications, it can feel like a maze. But together, we'll find the path that feels right for you—one step at a time. No matter where your starting point, in our sessions, you'll find a space where you can be truly yourself. No judgments, just empathy. I'm here to listen, to understand, and to help you make sense of your experiences.
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Dr. Tania Thorn: ADHD & Autism specialist
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH1  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I'm a neurodivergent, dual qualified Clinical Psychologist and Family & Couples Therapist with over 25 years experience, including working as a NHS Consultant Clinical Psychologist. I divide my time between a NHS specialist ADHD & Autism Service and my private practice, specialising in neurodiversity in adults. I provide ADHD & Autism screening and diagnosis, utilising validated and structured assessments. I also offer CBT for ADHD group therapy, coaching and evidence based therapy. For neurodivergent people in employment, intervention may be funded by Access to Work.
I'm a neurodivergent, dual qualified Clinical Psychologist and Family & Couples Therapist with over 25 years experience, including working as a NHS Consultant Clinical Psychologist. I divide my time between a NHS specialist ADHD & Autism Service and my private practice, specialising in neurodiversity in adults. I provide ADHD & Autism screening and diagnosis, utilising validated and structured assessments. I also offer CBT for ADHD group therapy, coaching and evidence based therapy. For neurodivergent people in employment, intervention may be funded by Access to Work.
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Jenna Robertson
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH3
Whether you are struggling with anxiety, ADHD, depression, stress, life adjustments, relational issues, or other struggles with mental health, you deserve to be heard and supported. The isolation and confusion can feel overwhelming, but as long as you are dedicated to moving forward there is so much hope and so many possibilities for healing.
Whether you are struggling with anxiety, ADHD, depression, stress, life adjustments, relational issues, or other struggles with mental health, you deserve to be heard and supported. The isolation and confusion can feel overwhelming, but as long as you are dedicated to moving forward there is so much hope and so many possibilities for healing.
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Dr Melody Smith
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH10  (Online Only)
Does your child challenge you? Not in the ways that others might think... Somehow their behaviour is just... different! But in ways that only you understand. Perhaps your child runs away, doesn't listen, spits, shouts, smears or has frequent "meltdowns". Or perhaps you suspect your child has a condition like Autism or ADHD- maybe they were recently diagnosed. No matter what is underlying your child's challenging behaviour, as parent myself, I want to help you reduce the behaviours so that your child can achieve their full potential!
Does your child challenge you? Not in the ways that others might think... Somehow their behaviour is just... different! But in ways that only you understand. Perhaps your child runs away, doesn't listen, spits, shouts, smears or has frequent "meltdowns". Or perhaps you suspect your child has a condition like Autism or ADHD- maybe they were recently diagnosed. No matter what is underlying your child's challenging behaviour, as parent myself, I want to help you reduce the behaviours so that your child can achieve their full potential!
020 3879 4406 View 020 3879 4406
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Dr Cheryl Venart - Neurodivergent Specialist
Psychologist, HCPC - Health Psych.
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH1
Are you looking for some support? Perhaps you have autism/ADHD? As a Health Psychologist, I work holistically to consider your mental and physical health. Having lived experience of being a neurodivergent Psychologist, I am also uniquely skilled in supporting neurodivergent clients, life coaching (ADHD, sensory challenges and advocacy), self-esteem and diagnosing and assessing ADHD. I work with adults of all ages, and young people (8+ years old). I currently provide gold standard and thorough ADHD assessments for adolescents (16+) and adults. - Please contact the admin email on my website, as I am currently on leave at present. -
Are you looking for some support? Perhaps you have autism/ADHD? As a Health Psychologist, I work holistically to consider your mental and physical health. Having lived experience of being a neurodivergent Psychologist, I am also uniquely skilled in supporting neurodivergent clients, life coaching (ADHD, sensory challenges and advocacy), self-esteem and diagnosing and assessing ADHD. I work with adults of all ages, and young people (8+ years old). I currently provide gold standard and thorough ADHD assessments for adolescents (16+) and adults. - Please contact the admin email on my website, as I am currently on leave at present. -
0141 673 8378 View 0141 673 8378
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Leonora Eddolls
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
I have worked as a Relate Counsellor since 2013 specialising in couples, family and individual counselling.   As a neurodivergent individual with a neurodivergent family I developed a special interest in neurodivergence including Adult ADHD and Adult Autism.  I completed additional post graduate training to assist me in supporting individuals and couples in understanding the differences in the way the brain operates between neurodivergent and predominant neurotypes with the aim of building better and stronger relationships.
I have worked as a Relate Counsellor since 2013 specialising in couples, family and individual counselling.   As a neurodivergent individual with a neurodivergent family I developed a special interest in neurodivergence including Adult ADHD and Adult Autism.  I completed additional post graduate training to assist me in supporting individuals and couples in understanding the differences in the way the brain operates between neurodivergent and predominant neurotypes with the aim of building better and stronger relationships.
01572 494640 View 01572 494640
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Busy Minds Counselling
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
I have a keen interest in working with ADHD, Autism, complex trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, disabilities, anger, cancer and chronic pain/ health related issues.
I am Katie Johnston a neurodivergent counsellor, I enjoy working within a pluralistic framework which draws from different modalities to support clients needs and challenges in therapy. Our work together will explore your needs and is not defined by one way of working with at times the need to " think out of the box" and find new ways to approach challenges and sticking points in life.
I have a keen interest in working with ADHD, Autism, complex trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, disabilities, anger, cancer and chronic pain/ health related issues.
I am Katie Johnston a neurodivergent counsellor, I enjoy working within a pluralistic framework which draws from different modalities to support clients needs and challenges in therapy. Our work together will explore your needs and is not defined by one way of working with at times the need to " think out of the box" and find new ways to approach challenges and sticking points in life.
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Kathy Stewart
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH9
My areas of expertise include depression, anxiety & stress, neurodiversity (ADHD, autism), low self-esteem, relationship and commitment issues, family dynamics, addictions, LGBTQ+ affirming therapy, bereavement & loss, trauma & PTSD, women's health (PMDD, menopause).
Sometimes our thoughts and emotions can feel too much for us to deal with. We may feel vulnerable, lost, torn or stuck, and find ourselves in need of help. Let me offer you an open, safe and judgment free space, that encourages you to explore whatever's on your mind. I am a qualified and highly experienced UKCP Accredited Counselling Psychotherapist working with adults, couples and groups. I believe that therapy should be an empowering process for each client, therefore taking a collaborative, client-focused approach which respects diversity and difference is essential for an effective therapeutic process.
My areas of expertise include depression, anxiety & stress, neurodiversity (ADHD, autism), low self-esteem, relationship and commitment issues, family dynamics, addictions, LGBTQ+ affirming therapy, bereavement & loss, trauma & PTSD, women's health (PMDD, menopause).
Sometimes our thoughts and emotions can feel too much for us to deal with. We may feel vulnerable, lost, torn or stuck, and find ourselves in need of help. Let me offer you an open, safe and judgment free space, that encourages you to explore whatever's on your mind. I am a qualified and highly experienced UKCP Accredited Counselling Psychotherapist working with adults, couples and groups. I believe that therapy should be an empowering process for each client, therefore taking a collaborative, client-focused approach which respects diversity and difference is essential for an effective therapeutic process.
020 4538 9139 View 020 4538 9139
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Alison Edwards Therapy, Coaching and Supervision
Psychologist, MSc, FMBPsS
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH10  (Online Only)
Choosing a therapist can be a stressful process, and it's difficult to decide which kind of therapy to try. Many people find it helpful to work with a therapist who has trained in more than one therapy, who can switch to a different therapy when needed, and who can tailor sessions according to your needs. You can have a phone consultation with me to discuss what you are looking for and ask questions. 16 years experience in supporting neurodivergent clients (with ADHD, autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia or other difficulties) led me to further training in autism, and specialised CBT and ACT for ADHD and emotional regulation problems.
Choosing a therapist can be a stressful process, and it's difficult to decide which kind of therapy to try. Many people find it helpful to work with a therapist who has trained in more than one therapy, who can switch to a different therapy when needed, and who can tailor sessions according to your needs. You can have a phone consultation with me to discuss what you are looking for and ask questions. 16 years experience in supporting neurodivergent clients (with ADHD, autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia or other difficulties) led me to further training in autism, and specialised CBT and ACT for ADHD and emotional regulation problems.
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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, behavioural 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.

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.