ADHD Therapists in Raleigh, NC

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Abby Nardo
Psychologist, PhD, HSP-P
Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27601
I use a collaborative, hands on approach to help clients become more productive and content at school, work, home, and in relationships. I use my strong background in assessment to help clients to understand how their learning style (both strengths and weaknesses) impacts their ability to succeed. I also enjoy working with college students and adults, offering psychological assessments and ADD/ADHD coaching. My approach to coaching clients with ADD/ADHD is a non-judgmental, practical approach. I I help clients create natural, sustainable change that will decrease their stress (and stress of those around them).
I use a collaborative, hands on approach to help clients become more productive and content at school, work, home, and in relationships. I use my strong background in assessment to help clients to understand how their learning style (both strengths and weaknesses) impacts their ability to succeed. I also enjoy working with college students and adults, offering psychological assessments and ADD/ADHD coaching. My approach to coaching clients with ADD/ADHD is a non-judgmental, practical approach. I I help clients create natural, sustainable change that will decrease their stress (and stress of those around them).
(919) 275-2145 View (919) 275-2145
Meredith Hickory
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27605
I am a pediatric neuropsychologist who conducts evaluations with children, teenagers, and young adults ages 3-24. I specialize in the areas of concussions, learning disabilities, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Anxiety.
I am a pediatric neuropsychologist who conducts evaluations with children, teenagers, and young adults ages 3-24. I specialize in the areas of concussions, learning disabilities, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Anxiety.
(919) 980-4755 View (919) 980-4755
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Audrey Doidge
Counselor, MS, LCMHCA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27609
I am passionate about helping neurodivergent (autism, ADHD, and those who don't fit into boxes) adolescents and young adults thrive academically, socially, and personally. I provide support around emotional regulation, anxiety, social interaction, depression, school success, life transitions, and eating concerns. I also have experience supporting high school and college students with the transition to college and beyond.
I am passionate about helping neurodivergent (autism, ADHD, and those who don't fit into boxes) adolescents and young adults thrive academically, socially, and personally. I provide support around emotional regulation, anxiety, social interaction, depression, school success, life transitions, and eating concerns. I also have experience supporting high school and college students with the transition to college and beyond.
(919) 729-9428 View (919) 729-9428
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Janet Heuring Larsen
Psychologist, MA, LCAS, LPA, HSP-PA, CTP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27615
PRACTICE MAY HAVE A WAITLIST, PLEASE EMAIL YOUR INQUIRIES: My psychology practice is committed to delivering highly effective treatment and outstanding client care. I've helped individuals navigate challenges and improve their lives for over 10 years. I treat clients with an array of issues including relationship struggles, anxiety, trauma, panic attacks, PTSD, depression, anger, insomnia, ADD/ADHD, chronic pain, substance use/addiction and grief. I serve many clients with co-occurring disorders and have trained other therapists. I specialize in treating clients with anxiety and trauma using EMDR and also offer ADHD/ADD counseling.
PRACTICE MAY HAVE A WAITLIST, PLEASE EMAIL YOUR INQUIRIES: My psychology practice is committed to delivering highly effective treatment and outstanding client care. I've helped individuals navigate challenges and improve their lives for over 10 years. I treat clients with an array of issues including relationship struggles, anxiety, trauma, panic attacks, PTSD, depression, anger, insomnia, ADD/ADHD, chronic pain, substance use/addiction and grief. I serve many clients with co-occurring disorders and have trained other therapists. I specialize in treating clients with anxiety and trauma using EMDR and also offer ADHD/ADD counseling.
(919) 948-3053 View (919) 948-3053
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Funmi Ajani
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27615
I have worked with children, adolescents, and families struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar, self-esteem, ADHD, behavior issues, and parenting.
True, genuine, and lasting change cannot occur without being vulnerable. Vulnerability can be daunting; especially when sharing personal, uncomfortable, and deep issues with another person. As your therapist, my non-judgmental, empathic, and supportive role helps create a safe atmosphere. Being vulnerable in the context of a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship, while building skills will increase your ability to expand resources needed to effectively deal with problems, difficulties, and challenges life may present to you.
I have worked with children, adolescents, and families struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar, self-esteem, ADHD, behavior issues, and parenting.
True, genuine, and lasting change cannot occur without being vulnerable. Vulnerability can be daunting; especially when sharing personal, uncomfortable, and deep issues with another person. As your therapist, my non-judgmental, empathic, and supportive role helps create a safe atmosphere. Being vulnerable in the context of a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship, while building skills will increase your ability to expand resources needed to effectively deal with problems, difficulties, and challenges life may present to you.
(984) 205-7384 View (984) 205-7384
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Huguette Curah
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27615  (Online Only)
Huguette Curah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 30+ years of social work experience, 21 of those as a therapist. Huguette enjoys empowering people to learn themselves, accept their experience and healing, and make space for what comes next. She has worked with people experiencing grief, loss, depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, and adjustment to significant life changes. Huguette completed her Master of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Huguette Curah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 30+ years of social work experience, 21 of those as a therapist. Huguette enjoys empowering people to learn themselves, accept their experience and healing, and make space for what comes next. She has worked with people experiencing grief, loss, depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, and adjustment to significant life changes. Huguette completed her Master of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
(919) 646-3711 View (919) 646-3711
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Jennifer Bates
Counselor, LCMHC
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27615
My name is Jenny Bates, and I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with over 22 years of clinical experience working with Individuals, Couples, Families, and Minors who are experiencing ADHD, Anxiety, Grief, Stress, and Relationship Issues. I use a mix of Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Eclectic, Family Systems, and Person-Centered therapies during treatments with my clients. I believe that successful therapy will require the client to play an active role both during and between sessions to practice new skills and learn ways to strengthen them.
My name is Jenny Bates, and I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with over 22 years of clinical experience working with Individuals, Couples, Families, and Minors who are experiencing ADHD, Anxiety, Grief, Stress, and Relationship Issues. I use a mix of Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Eclectic, Family Systems, and Person-Centered therapies during treatments with my clients. I believe that successful therapy will require the client to play an active role both during and between sessions to practice new skills and learn ways to strengthen them.
(910) 490-4053 View (910) 490-4053
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Dawn Bowes
LCSW Associate, MSW, LCSWA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27607  (Online Only)
I enjoy helping young adults in transitions or seeking career counseling, clients overcoming anxiety, depression, ADHD, stress, and highly sensitive people.
Accepting New Clients - I believe that everyone deserves to be happy, healthy, and fulfilled in their work—and that's why my mission is simple: helping people create balance between their personal and professional lives. If you choose to work with me, I will be someone who can support you, encourage you to grow with self-discovery, guide you towards a greater sense of well-being, and help you feel empowered to manage life’s ups and downs.
I enjoy helping young adults in transitions or seeking career counseling, clients overcoming anxiety, depression, ADHD, stress, and highly sensitive people.
Accepting New Clients - I believe that everyone deserves to be happy, healthy, and fulfilled in their work—and that's why my mission is simple: helping people create balance between their personal and professional lives. If you choose to work with me, I will be someone who can support you, encourage you to grow with self-discovery, guide you towards a greater sense of well-being, and help you feel empowered to manage life’s ups and downs.
(984) 230-9681 View (984) 230-9681
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Christopher Ricci
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27613
Areas I Specialize In: ·ADHD ·Autistic spectrum ·Depression ·Anxiety ·Oppositional behavior ·Low self-esteem ·Adjusting to divorce and separation.
I use a strength-based psychological model and focus on the positive aspects of children, adolescents and their families. I am committed to understanding each client's unique situation with sensitivity. My goal is always to align with my client toward the resolution of conflict and to bring about happiness through the specific changes that come with new thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
Areas I Specialize In: ·ADHD ·Autistic spectrum ·Depression ·Anxiety ·Oppositional behavior ·Low self-esteem ·Adjusting to divorce and separation.
I use a strength-based psychological model and focus on the positive aspects of children, adolescents and their families. I am committed to understanding each client's unique situation with sensitivity. My goal is always to align with my client toward the resolution of conflict and to bring about happiness through the specific changes that come with new thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
(919) 335-5089 View (919) 335-5089
Photo of Julia Ross, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Raleigh, NC
Julia Ross
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27606
Waitlist for new clients
I strive to offer a therapeutic space for discovery, building hope, and transformation. The challenges that I commonly support people through include Depression, Anxiety or OCD/Phobias, Maternal Mental Health/Perinatal Trauma or Challenges, Life Transitions, Childhood Trauma or Trauma Processing, and ADHD/ASD. The goals with these presenting problems often include creating a sense of stability, finding effective coping strategies, building support systems, and developing a strengths-based or resilient narrative of their story.
I strive to offer a therapeutic space for discovery, building hope, and transformation. The challenges that I commonly support people through include Depression, Anxiety or OCD/Phobias, Maternal Mental Health/Perinatal Trauma or Challenges, Life Transitions, Childhood Trauma or Trauma Processing, and ADHD/ASD. The goals with these presenting problems often include creating a sense of stability, finding effective coping strategies, building support systems, and developing a strengths-based or resilient narrative of their story.
(919) 324-0873 View (919) 324-0873
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Amy Rauch
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27615
Looking for answers? Seeking a solution for you or your loved one? Learning difficulties, focus problems, emotional challenges or feeling as though you or your loved one aren’t living up to potential? Let’s have a conversation to determine whether a psychological assessment or therapy will help you get closer to your goals. While the new school year brings a fresh start and great intentions, it can often be very frustrating when that is not enough to create lasting change. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disabilities, and Psychological Disorders often adversely impact one’s ability to function and thrive. When these challenges are not adequately addressed, it can be disheartening when so much potential is hidden beneath the disorders.
Looking for answers? Seeking a solution for you or your loved one? Learning difficulties, focus problems, emotional challenges or feeling as though you or your loved one aren’t living up to potential? Let’s have a conversation to determine whether a psychological assessment or therapy will help you get closer to your goals. While the new school year brings a fresh start and great intentions, it can often be very frustrating when that is not enough to create lasting change. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disabilities, and Psychological Disorders often adversely impact one’s ability to function and thrive. When these challenges are not adequately addressed, it can be disheartening when so much potential is hidden beneath the disorders.
(984) 205-8516 View (984) 205-8516
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Andy Williams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27615
My practice focuses on adolescents and adults who are seeking to collaborate on issues such as ADHD/executive functioning, self-harm, mood disorders/dysregulation, anxiety, and trauma.
While there are many reasons to seek therapy, often an underlying theme is that the strategies we have developed and relied on over time to deal with life's challenges are no longer working as effectively as might be needed. It is my belief, and has been my experience, that by understanding how we have adapted to the forces that shape our lives (both within and around us), and by changing the ways we relate to and experience these forces, we can create opportunities to strengthen valued skills or learn new ones, improve our ability to respond to and manage stress, and move with intention toward desired goals and outcomes.
My practice focuses on adolescents and adults who are seeking to collaborate on issues such as ADHD/executive functioning, self-harm, mood disorders/dysregulation, anxiety, and trauma.
While there are many reasons to seek therapy, often an underlying theme is that the strategies we have developed and relied on over time to deal with life's challenges are no longer working as effectively as might be needed. It is my belief, and has been my experience, that by understanding how we have adapted to the forces that shape our lives (both within and around us), and by changing the ways we relate to and experience these forces, we can create opportunities to strengthen valued skills or learn new ones, improve our ability to respond to and manage stress, and move with intention toward desired goals and outcomes.
(984) 217-2505 View (984) 217-2505
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Megan Denis
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LCMHC, NCC
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607
Concerns and challenges that commonly motivate others to seek support from me include family struggles, parenting issues, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, self injury, anxiety, mood disorders, eating disorders, complex trauma and abuse, low self worth, and managing life transitions and stressors.
Therapy works, simply put. I am encouraged to watch individuals overcome many of life's difficulties. As a therapist, I am often described as authentic, warm, and direct. My intention is to offer a safe space for you to discuss any concerns that you might have. I use a comprehensive person-centered approach. I integrate a variety of theories and develop an individualized treatment plan that will help you best meet your needs emotionally, physically, spiritually, and relationally. With a comfortable therapeutic relationship that is build on trust, I hope to help you realize your personal goals.
Concerns and challenges that commonly motivate others to seek support from me include family struggles, parenting issues, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, self injury, anxiety, mood disorders, eating disorders, complex trauma and abuse, low self worth, and managing life transitions and stressors.
Therapy works, simply put. I am encouraged to watch individuals overcome many of life's difficulties. As a therapist, I am often described as authentic, warm, and direct. My intention is to offer a safe space for you to discuss any concerns that you might have. I use a comprehensive person-centered approach. I integrate a variety of theories and develop an individualized treatment plan that will help you best meet your needs emotionally, physically, spiritually, and relationally. With a comfortable therapeutic relationship that is build on trust, I hope to help you realize your personal goals.
(919) 276-8574 View (919) 276-8574
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Roger Heeren
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, MDiv
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27615
My clinical interests are in marriage and family, anxiety & mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and ADHD.
Are you hurting or frustrated with where you are right now in your life? Are you ready for change? I am located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently I am offering in office sessions and Video therapy on the Zoom platform. I offer a safe, trusting, and supportive environment that enables individuals to develop the understanding and skills needed to make positive changes. Psychotherapy facilitates personal growth and learning in order to help individuals lead more fulfilling and enjoyable lives I work with all age groups from children to adults, marriage counseling and families.
My clinical interests are in marriage and family, anxiety & mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and ADHD.
Are you hurting or frustrated with where you are right now in your life? Are you ready for change? I am located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently I am offering in office sessions and Video therapy on the Zoom platform. I offer a safe, trusting, and supportive environment that enables individuals to develop the understanding and skills needed to make positive changes. Psychotherapy facilitates personal growth and learning in order to help individuals lead more fulfilling and enjoyable lives I work with all age groups from children to adults, marriage counseling and families.
(919) 736-6493 View (919) 736-6493
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Brigitta Goshen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-A, MDiv, MSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27609
I have experience supporting clients through various challenges, including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, relationship issues, and life transitions. With a particular interest in clients who are neurodivergent, whether you have ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or other conditions, I recognize that your experiences are beautifully unique. I offer a safe and inclusive environment where you can explore your strengths, embrace your differences, and develop strategies to navigate the challenges that may arise. Another area of interest for me is working with Spiritual/Religious concerns especially religious trauma.
I have experience supporting clients through various challenges, including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, relationship issues, and life transitions. With a particular interest in clients who are neurodivergent, whether you have ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or other conditions, I recognize that your experiences are beautifully unique. I offer a safe and inclusive environment where you can explore your strengths, embrace your differences, and develop strategies to navigate the challenges that may arise. Another area of interest for me is working with Spiritual/Religious concerns especially religious trauma.
(919) 701-6581 View (919) 701-6581
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Patricia Lytwyn
Counselor, LCMHC
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27607
Patty Lytwyn is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate with over four years of experience specializing in depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, trauma, mid-life transitions, and couples' issues, Patty treats patients between the ages of 11 and 70 utilizing Person Centered and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Patty has extensive experience counseling older children, adolescents, adults, seniors, families, and couples in both clinical and outpatient settings.
Patty Lytwyn is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate with over four years of experience specializing in depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, trauma, mid-life transitions, and couples' issues, Patty treats patients between the ages of 11 and 70 utilizing Person Centered and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Patty has extensive experience counseling older children, adolescents, adults, seniors, families, and couples in both clinical and outpatient settings.
(919) 849-5938 View (919) 849-5938
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Emily Baggett
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LMFTA
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27601
I treat ADHD/Neurodivergence, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Grief & Loss, Maternal Mental Health, Attachment & Trauma Disorders, Relationship Counseling, Self-Discipline & Behavior Management, Social Anxiety, Stress Reduction & Management, and Time & Task Management.
The stories of our lives have a tremendous impact on who we are as people, and how we feel. As a narrative-based therapist, it is my privilege to be invited to witness your story and be part of the change that you are seeking. With training in marriage and family therapy comes a unique understanding of how relational experiences, how you grow up, communities, and society as a whole can impact how each person interacts with and understands the world around them. I operate from a neurodivergent affirming and trauma-informed style, and seek to offer a compassionate and understanding atmosphere while inviting you to challenge yourself.
I treat ADHD/Neurodivergence, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Grief & Loss, Maternal Mental Health, Attachment & Trauma Disorders, Relationship Counseling, Self-Discipline & Behavior Management, Social Anxiety, Stress Reduction & Management, and Time & Task Management.
The stories of our lives have a tremendous impact on who we are as people, and how we feel. As a narrative-based therapist, it is my privilege to be invited to witness your story and be part of the change that you are seeking. With training in marriage and family therapy comes a unique understanding of how relational experiences, how you grow up, communities, and society as a whole can impact how each person interacts with and understands the world around them. I operate from a neurodivergent affirming and trauma-informed style, and seek to offer a compassionate and understanding atmosphere while inviting you to challenge yourself.
(984) 207-0931 View (984) 207-0931
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Amanda Burrafato
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LCAS
Verified
Raleigh, NC 27617
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common developmental syndrome with impacts on day to day functioning and relating.
Amanda believes healing comes from the development of a safe environment both inside and out. She works with individuals and relationships to identify toxic patterns of behavior and create action plans to produce meaningful and lasting change for participants. Join a community of similar adults in targeting deficits in Executive Functioning (Motivation, Time Management, Organizing & Memory, Organizing Naturally) and Emotion Regulation (Selfcare/burn-out, Emotions, Boundaries, Emotion Regulating, Healthy Relationships). Join for 1 or all 10 Classes 6:00- 8:00 In -Person/virtual Mondays Starting 1/22/24.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common developmental syndrome with impacts on day to day functioning and relating.
Amanda believes healing comes from the development of a safe environment both inside and out. She works with individuals and relationships to identify toxic patterns of behavior and create action plans to produce meaningful and lasting change for participants. Join a community of similar adults in targeting deficits in Executive Functioning (Motivation, Time Management, Organizing & Memory, Organizing Naturally) and Emotion Regulation (Selfcare/burn-out, Emotions, Boundaries, Emotion Regulating, Healthy Relationships). Join for 1 or all 10 Classes 6:00- 8:00 In -Person/virtual Mondays Starting 1/22/24.
(984) 214-8469 View (984) 214-8469
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Kate Hanson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW , LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27607  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working with NC Therapy Professionals and specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD and navigating life transitions. I provide both short-term and long-term individual and group services to folks of all sexuality and gender identities. I have experience working with teens and adults of all ages in healthcare settings as well as residential and PHP/IOP levels of care. Drawing from these experiences, I work to create the most beneficial healing environment for you. Specifically, I utilize research-based approaches, including CBT, DBT and ACT.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working with NC Therapy Professionals and specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD and navigating life transitions. I provide both short-term and long-term individual and group services to folks of all sexuality and gender identities. I have experience working with teens and adults of all ages in healthcare settings as well as residential and PHP/IOP levels of care. Drawing from these experiences, I work to create the most beneficial healing environment for you. Specifically, I utilize research-based approaches, including CBT, DBT and ACT.
(919) 823-7165 View (919) 823-7165
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Kerry Paksoy
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MA, LCMHC, LCAS
Verified
7 Endorsed
Raleigh, NC 27609
As a therapist I am intuitive, humorous, and respectful. I pride myself in forming comfortable relationships with my clients and truly believe that all people can be happy. If nothing else, this is my goal for our work together. I am willing to bet there are things you are already doing to improve your situation and, you may not be noticing the good you are causing in your life. I hope together we can decide what is helping you, what could be helping you, and add significantly to your ability to roll with life's up's and down's.
As a therapist I am intuitive, humorous, and respectful. I pride myself in forming comfortable relationships with my clients and truly believe that all people can be happy. If nothing else, this is my goal for our work together. I am willing to bet there are things you are already doing to improve your situation and, you may not be noticing the good you are causing in your life. I hope together we can decide what is helping you, what could be helping you, and add significantly to your ability to roll with life's up's and down's.
(919) 569-5901 View (919) 569-5901

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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.