ADHD Therapists in San Jose, CA

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Carmen Enciso-Steinberg
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95128
I specialize in working with adults with anxiety, depression and Adult ADHD and people that feel like they have ADHD.
Are you constantly feeling frustrated and overwhelmed? Are you experiencing difficulties in your relationships? I would like to help you achieve a sense of peace and connection so that you can lead a satisfying and meaningful life. I work in a compassionate manner by listening to you and focusing on the issues you want to work on. I use evidenced based methods such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness to bring you relief from difficult feelings and thoughts that accompany depression and anxiety.
I specialize in working with adults with anxiety, depression and Adult ADHD and people that feel like they have ADHD.
Are you constantly feeling frustrated and overwhelmed? Are you experiencing difficulties in your relationships? I would like to help you achieve a sense of peace and connection so that you can lead a satisfying and meaningful life. I work in a compassionate manner by listening to you and focusing on the issues you want to work on. I use evidenced based methods such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness to bring you relief from difficult feelings and thoughts that accompany depression and anxiety.
(669) 356-6988 View (669) 356-6988
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Psychological Testing & Evaluations - Dr. Dean
Psychologist, PsyD, QME, Author
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95113
I'm Dr. Dean Leav, licensed psychologist and qualified medical evaluator (QME). I've been featured on ABC, NBC, KCAL, and other programs as an expert psychologist. I provide Evaluation Services, including (and not limited to): diagnostics (ADHD, Autism, Learning Dis.), cognitive/neuropsychological evaluations, workers' compensation (QME/AME), immigration-related evaluations, pre-adoption psychological evaluations, parenting/bonding assessments, drug & alcohol evaluations, pre-employment evaluations, and legal/forensics/criminal evaluations. These evaluations may be used to meet eligibility for certain services or accommodations.
I'm Dr. Dean Leav, licensed psychologist and qualified medical evaluator (QME). I've been featured on ABC, NBC, KCAL, and other programs as an expert psychologist. I provide Evaluation Services, including (and not limited to): diagnostics (ADHD, Autism, Learning Dis.), cognitive/neuropsychological evaluations, workers' compensation (QME/AME), immigration-related evaluations, pre-adoption psychological evaluations, parenting/bonding assessments, drug & alcohol evaluations, pre-employment evaluations, and legal/forensics/criminal evaluations. These evaluations may be used to meet eligibility for certain services or accommodations.
(650) 719-1562 View (650) 719-1562
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Christine Minakakis
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95126  (Online Only)
Have you struggled to get and stay organized - despite trying every possible planner, routine, and system? Have you noticed that you have difficulty relaxing, even when you have time to yourself? Have you ever been told that you move around or space out a lot? I specialize in working with adults with ADHD and I can help. You might have been diagnosed with ADHD as a child or you might have gotten diagnosed just last week. Our work together can help you process any anxiety or shame around ADHD symptoms. I can help you navigate social, relationship, and work settings, and help you better understand your brilliant neurodivergent brain.
Have you struggled to get and stay organized - despite trying every possible planner, routine, and system? Have you noticed that you have difficulty relaxing, even when you have time to yourself? Have you ever been told that you move around or space out a lot? I specialize in working with adults with ADHD and I can help. You might have been diagnosed with ADHD as a child or you might have gotten diagnosed just last week. Our work together can help you process any anxiety or shame around ADHD symptoms. I can help you navigate social, relationship, and work settings, and help you better understand your brilliant neurodivergent brain.
(408) 676-5158 View (408) 676-5158
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Brian J Thomason
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MS (2), LMFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95129
I work with all ages and populations. My advanced training and experience is working as a pediatric psychotherapist, specializing in children with anxieties and attachment disorders. I also have advanced training and experience working with couples, or individuals with an emphasis on relationships, acquiring or healing. I work with a combination of Relational techniques to develop a strong relationship that begins with a greater understanding and the ability to communicate with your partner. My training and experience also specializes in parent coaching. I have a unique training background for working with OCD, ADHD, and Autism
I work with all ages and populations. My advanced training and experience is working as a pediatric psychotherapist, specializing in children with anxieties and attachment disorders. I also have advanced training and experience working with couples, or individuals with an emphasis on relationships, acquiring or healing. I work with a combination of Relational techniques to develop a strong relationship that begins with a greater understanding and the ability to communicate with your partner. My training and experience also specializes in parent coaching. I have a unique training background for working with OCD, ADHD, and Autism
(408) 583-6760 View (408) 583-6760
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Minoo Mehdikhan
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95124
My specialization is in the area of stress, mood disorder, trauma, relationship problems, ADD, ADHD, autism, asperger disorder, speech disorder and learning disability. My orientation is eclectic, psychodynamic, hypnotherapy, EMDR, and EEG Neurofeedback. I work with adults, adolescents, as well as children.
My specialization is in the area of stress, mood disorder, trauma, relationship problems, ADD, ADHD, autism, asperger disorder, speech disorder and learning disability. My orientation is eclectic, psychodynamic, hypnotherapy, EMDR, and EEG Neurofeedback. I work with adults, adolescents, as well as children.
(408) 883-5394 View (408) 883-5394
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Cynthia Yu
FNP-BC
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95131  (Online Only)
Specialties include: ADHD, Insomnia, Bipolar disorder, Depression Mood disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive(OCD), Psychiatry Trauma and PTSD.
Cynthia Yu is an ANCC Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner for 20 years. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from San Jose State University. She has been working with underserved population and understands the need of mental health services. Cynthia believes everyone should receive access to quality mental health care. She also believe that everyone would have ups and downs in life. She will work together with clients to find the best solutions for the clients and their treatment goals.
Specialties include: ADHD, Insomnia, Bipolar disorder, Depression Mood disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive(OCD), Psychiatry Trauma and PTSD.
Cynthia Yu is an ANCC Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner for 20 years. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from San Jose State University. She has been working with underserved population and understands the need of mental health services. Cynthia believes everyone should receive access to quality mental health care. She also believe that everyone would have ups and downs in life. She will work together with clients to find the best solutions for the clients and their treatment goals.
(408) 715-3597 View (408) 715-3597
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Gerard Anthony Chambers
Psychologist, PsyD, PhD
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95126
**Dr. Chambers is not a therapist and he does not do therapy or any form of treatment. My Philosophy is that you need to diagnose the problem accurately before you can fix the problem! Neuropsychological Evaluations, ADHD Testing, Learning Disability Evaluations, Mental Health Diagnostic Testing, Expert Testimony, Civil Litigation, Court Related Testing, 504 Plans, IEP's, IDEA Accommodations, MCAT Accommodations, Workplace Accommodations, Capacity Evaluations, Wills & Trusts, and much more! Dr. Chambers is a neuropsychologist that offers a wide range of testing and evaluative services for forensic [legal matters] and non-forensic matters. We do not accept insurance.
**Dr. Chambers is not a therapist and he does not do therapy or any form of treatment. My Philosophy is that you need to diagnose the problem accurately before you can fix the problem! Neuropsychological Evaluations, ADHD Testing, Learning Disability Evaluations, Mental Health Diagnostic Testing, Expert Testimony, Civil Litigation, Court Related Testing, 504 Plans, IEP's, IDEA Accommodations, MCAT Accommodations, Workplace Accommodations, Capacity Evaluations, Wills & Trusts, and much more! Dr. Chambers is a neuropsychologist that offers a wide range of testing and evaluative services for forensic [legal matters] and non-forensic matters. We do not accept insurance.
(669) 201-8752 View (669) 201-8752
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Holly-Marie Arce
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95124
Arce also specializes in assessment for ADHD, learning disorders, cognitive difficulty and psychological disorders.
Dr. Arce is a licensed clinical psychologist, experienced in working with multicultural individuals, catering treatment to patient's needs. She has worked in multiple settings including: university counseling, hospitals, medical school, and community mental health agencies. Most recently she has worked with couples in pre-marital counseling. Dr. Arce specializes in life transitions, anxiety disorders, depression, heath-related difficulties, relationships, and spiritual development. Communication of needs and progress are reviewed regularly to ensure that each patient finds value in the time spent in treatment.
Arce also specializes in assessment for ADHD, learning disorders, cognitive difficulty and psychological disorders.
Dr. Arce is a licensed clinical psychologist, experienced in working with multicultural individuals, catering treatment to patient's needs. She has worked in multiple settings including: university counseling, hospitals, medical school, and community mental health agencies. Most recently she has worked with couples in pre-marital counseling. Dr. Arce specializes in life transitions, anxiety disorders, depression, heath-related difficulties, relationships, and spiritual development. Communication of needs and progress are reviewed regularly to ensure that each patient finds value in the time spent in treatment.
(408) 669-4076 View (408) 669-4076
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Gerardo Joshua Salinas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95112
I also specialize in clinical support to children with behavioral issues such as acting out, ADHD, elementary and high school challenges, (iep/504 plan consult) and parent child conflict.
My Goal is to provide a space that feels warm, non-judgmental and more importantly helpful. I work with adults, teens, and children who are experiencing trauma, depression, anxiety, and grief. I believe that navigating these experiences feels better when we get to work through them with someone else. I offer Talk Therapy, Play Therapy, Mindfulness Techniques, Art Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, to help resolve conflict, improve communication, and work to resolve trauma with a focus on early attachment and developmental needs. I also offer parent coaching to help with challenging behaviors at school or in the home.
I also specialize in clinical support to children with behavioral issues such as acting out, ADHD, elementary and high school challenges, (iep/504 plan consult) and parent child conflict.
My Goal is to provide a space that feels warm, non-judgmental and more importantly helpful. I work with adults, teens, and children who are experiencing trauma, depression, anxiety, and grief. I believe that navigating these experiences feels better when we get to work through them with someone else. I offer Talk Therapy, Play Therapy, Mindfulness Techniques, Art Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, to help resolve conflict, improve communication, and work to resolve trauma with a focus on early attachment and developmental needs. I also offer parent coaching to help with challenging behaviors at school or in the home.
(831) 263-4141 View (831) 263-4141
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Amara Brook
Psychologist, PhD, ABPP
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95117
Are you Autistic and/or ADHD and struggling in a world not designed for your neurotype? Or do you suspect that you may be Autistic and/or ADHD and want to work with a down-to-earth neurodivergent psychologist to find out? Are you looking for a therapist who gets the struggle? I offer collaborative and neurodiversity-affirming assessment and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) tailored to the needs of Autistic and ADHD clients.
Are you Autistic and/or ADHD and struggling in a world not designed for your neurotype? Or do you suspect that you may be Autistic and/or ADHD and want to work with a down-to-earth neurodivergent psychologist to find out? Are you looking for a therapist who gets the struggle? I offer collaborative and neurodiversity-affirming assessment and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) tailored to the needs of Autistic and ADHD clients.
(775) 260-4455 View (775) 260-4455
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Meghan Fraley
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95126
I have helped people struggling with depression, life-transitions, anxiety, childhood trauma, ADHD, self-esteem, and spiritual/existential concerns.
I want to acknowledge the courage it takes to seek out a therapist. As social beings, we all need support and at certain times we need it more than ever. Speaking to someone you can open up to and trust, knowing you will not be judged, can really make a difference in navigating emotional turmoil, relationships, stress, anxiety, processing trauma, and making our way through major life transitions. At times we may struggle with larger life questions such as, "Who am I?" and "What is my purpose in life?" I am here to help.
I have helped people struggling with depression, life-transitions, anxiety, childhood trauma, ADHD, self-esteem, and spiritual/existential concerns.
I want to acknowledge the courage it takes to seek out a therapist. As social beings, we all need support and at certain times we need it more than ever. Speaking to someone you can open up to and trust, knowing you will not be judged, can really make a difference in navigating emotional turmoil, relationships, stress, anxiety, processing trauma, and making our way through major life transitions. At times we may struggle with larger life questions such as, "Who am I?" and "What is my purpose in life?" I am here to help.
(650) 282-3391 View (650) 282-3391
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Psychological Testing & Evaluations - Dr. Dean
Psychologist, PsyD, QME, Author
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95113
I'm Dr. Dean Leav, licensed psychologist and qualified medical evaluator (QME). I've been featured on ABC, NBC, KCAL, and other programs as an expert psychologist. I provide Evaluation Services, including (and not limited to): diagnostics (ADHD, Autism, Learning Dis.), cognitive/neuropsychological evaluations, workers' compensation (QME/AME), immigration-related evaluations, pre-adoption psychological evaluations, parenting/bonding assessments, drug & alcohol evaluations, pre-employment evaluations, and legal/forensics/criminal evaluations. These evaluations may be used to meet eligibility for certain services or accommodations.
I'm Dr. Dean Leav, licensed psychologist and qualified medical evaluator (QME). I've been featured on ABC, NBC, KCAL, and other programs as an expert psychologist. I provide Evaluation Services, including (and not limited to): diagnostics (ADHD, Autism, Learning Dis.), cognitive/neuropsychological evaluations, workers' compensation (QME/AME), immigration-related evaluations, pre-adoption psychological evaluations, parenting/bonding assessments, drug & alcohol evaluations, pre-employment evaluations, and legal/forensics/criminal evaluations. These evaluations may be used to meet eligibility for certain services or accommodations.
(650) 719-2310 View (650) 719-2310
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Eric Gardner
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95111
Hello, I'm Dr. Eric Gardner, licensed psychologist. I specialize in helping people struggling with ADHD, anger, self esteem, family conflict, trauma, PTSD, and more. I use primarily cognitive behavioral therapy, dynamic, and humanistic modalities. I have worked with patients across the human lifespan, which has always been important to me in my career. I can now say that I have discovered a human commonality that is essential to success in treatment and of extraordinary value to every person regardless of age or gender or development. I am here to help and share this perspective with you.
Hello, I'm Dr. Eric Gardner, licensed psychologist. I specialize in helping people struggling with ADHD, anger, self esteem, family conflict, trauma, PTSD, and more. I use primarily cognitive behavioral therapy, dynamic, and humanistic modalities. I have worked with patients across the human lifespan, which has always been important to me in my career. I can now say that I have discovered a human commonality that is essential to success in treatment and of extraordinary value to every person regardless of age or gender or development. I am here to help and share this perspective with you.
(951) 457-6246 View (951) 457-6246
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Katie Robey
Associate Clinical Social Worker, MSW, ASW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95130  (Online Only)
Hey there! I'm here for those navigating neurodivergence (ADHD/Autism), battling anxiety, OCD, depression, or healing from tough relationship patterns. I might be a good fit for you if you are looking for deeper self-exploration, realistic tools to navigate difficulties, and strategies for daily life. I feel my role is to help you gain better balance and self-acceptance as well as piece together things you struggle to understand on your own. I work to identify the root of clients concerns and guide them towards real solutions. I think you deserve a life free from societal pressures and space to embrace uniqueness as strengths.
Hey there! I'm here for those navigating neurodivergence (ADHD/Autism), battling anxiety, OCD, depression, or healing from tough relationship patterns. I might be a good fit for you if you are looking for deeper self-exploration, realistic tools to navigate difficulties, and strategies for daily life. I feel my role is to help you gain better balance and self-acceptance as well as piece together things you struggle to understand on your own. I work to identify the root of clients concerns and guide them towards real solutions. I think you deserve a life free from societal pressures and space to embrace uniqueness as strengths.
(209) 364-0599 View (209) 364-0599
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Sarah Heacock
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95129  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Do you worry you’re a disappointment to those you love? Do you feel constantly burdened by other’s expectations, or even your own? Do you feel like no matter how hard you try, you can't live up to the plans you had imagined for your life? The anxiety and pressure of keeping up with your goals feels exhausting, but letting go of the image in your head is terrifying too. Maybe you’re an oldest daughter, from an immigrant family, a high achiever, or just a people pleaser. Or, you might have been an excellent student, but carried the immense pressure of trying to perform to neurotypical standards with an ADHD or Autism diagnosis.
Do you worry you’re a disappointment to those you love? Do you feel constantly burdened by other’s expectations, or even your own? Do you feel like no matter how hard you try, you can't live up to the plans you had imagined for your life? The anxiety and pressure of keeping up with your goals feels exhausting, but letting go of the image in your head is terrifying too. Maybe you’re an oldest daughter, from an immigrant family, a high achiever, or just a people pleaser. Or, you might have been an excellent student, but carried the immense pressure of trying to perform to neurotypical standards with an ADHD or Autism diagnosis.
(408) 840-0734 View (408) 840-0734
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Dr. Amber M Sepsey
Psychologist, PhD, LP, 200 RYT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95125
Dr. Sepsey is a licensed clinical psychologist and founder of Meraki Psychological Services. She serves children, teens, parents, and emerging adults in Michigan and California. Dr. Sepsey offers therapeutic intervention, neurodevelopmental evaluation, and school advocacy services. She has acquired advanced training at leading institutions including Stanford University and Children’s Hospital of Michigan, where she has gained clinical specialization in working with pediatric chronic pain and illness, as well as supporting individuals across the lifespan to navigate depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, and autism.
Dr. Sepsey is a licensed clinical psychologist and founder of Meraki Psychological Services. She serves children, teens, parents, and emerging adults in Michigan and California. Dr. Sepsey offers therapeutic intervention, neurodevelopmental evaluation, and school advocacy services. She has acquired advanced training at leading institutions including Stanford University and Children’s Hospital of Michigan, where she has gained clinical specialization in working with pediatric chronic pain and illness, as well as supporting individuals across the lifespan to navigate depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, and autism.
(248) 385-3330 View (248) 385-3330
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Adult Autism/ADHD Assessments, Couples, Mediation
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, MDR, JD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95124  (Online Only)
Through my agency I also provide adult ASD and/or ADHD assessments.
Have the last few years created new or increased suffering in your life or with your relationships? I can help you climb out of this difficult space and improve your happiness and reduce conflict and suffering. Learning new tools can dramatically improve your life and the relationships around you, whether that be at work, home or with family. Please consider reaching out to do a 15 minute consultation (free of charge) to explore how our work together could help you achieve the happiness you are seeking.
Through my agency I also provide adult ASD and/or ADHD assessments.
Have the last few years created new or increased suffering in your life or with your relationships? I can help you climb out of this difficult space and improve your happiness and reduce conflict and suffering. Learning new tools can dramatically improve your life and the relationships around you, whether that be at work, home or with family. Please consider reaching out to do a 15 minute consultation (free of charge) to explore how our work together could help you achieve the happiness you are seeking.
(949) 877-3579 View (949) 877-3579
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Gerard Anthony Chambers Jr
Psychologist, PsyD, PhD
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95126
**Dr. Chambers is not a therapist and he does not do therapy or any form of treatment. My Philosophy is that you need to diagnose the problem accurately before you can fix the problem! Neuropsychological Evaluations, ADHD Testing, Learning Disability Evaluations, Mental Health Diagnostic Testing, Expert Testimony, Civil Litigation, Court Related Testing, 504 Plans, IEP's, IDEA Accommodations, MCAT Accommodations, Workplace Accommodations, Capacity Evaluations, Wills & Trusts, and much more!
**Dr. Chambers is not a therapist and he does not do therapy or any form of treatment. My Philosophy is that you need to diagnose the problem accurately before you can fix the problem! Neuropsychological Evaluations, ADHD Testing, Learning Disability Evaluations, Mental Health Diagnostic Testing, Expert Testimony, Civil Litigation, Court Related Testing, 504 Plans, IEP's, IDEA Accommodations, MCAT Accommodations, Workplace Accommodations, Capacity Evaluations, Wills & Trusts, and much more!
(408) 609-3589 View (408) 609-3589
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Arnold Acquah
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95111
My name is Arnold Acquah, MSW, LCSW. My goals as a therapist are to help my clients recognize their capacity for self-sufficiency and self-advocacy, ultimately helping them recognize the power that they wield. My areas of focus include working with adults struggling with ADHD, depression, and anxiety. My job is to help you navigate through the complexities of life so that we can understand the underlying factors that contribute to your current struggles. This understanding may pave the way for us to work towards decreasing the distress you may be experiencing.
My name is Arnold Acquah, MSW, LCSW. My goals as a therapist are to help my clients recognize their capacity for self-sufficiency and self-advocacy, ultimately helping them recognize the power that they wield. My areas of focus include working with adults struggling with ADHD, depression, and anxiety. My job is to help you navigate through the complexities of life so that we can understand the underlying factors that contribute to your current struggles. This understanding may pave the way for us to work towards decreasing the distress you may be experiencing.
(650) 610-2687 View (650) 610-2687
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EvoLibri Consulting
Counselor, MA
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95123
We are a fee for service agency that works exclusively with Neurodiverse Clients and their families, ages 14 through adult. Our services range from psychotherapy, personal coaching, independent living skills assessment and training, classes, lectures, and social/community groups. We work with adolescents, young adults, and adults and their families. Our clients range from high school students struggling with anxiety and school refusal to high-tech employees wishing to learn skills to overcome challenges of their autism or ADHD to be more productive and happier in their lives.
We are a fee for service agency that works exclusively with Neurodiverse Clients and their families, ages 14 through adult. Our services range from psychotherapy, personal coaching, independent living skills assessment and training, classes, lectures, and social/community groups. We work with adolescents, young adults, and adults and their families. Our clients range from high school students struggling with anxiety and school refusal to high-tech employees wishing to learn skills to overcome challenges of their autism or ADHD to be more productive and happier in their lives.
(408) 641-5880 View (408) 641-5880

ADHD Therapists

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.