ADHD Therapists in Houston, TX

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Carly Braswell
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MS, LPC-A, NCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77006
I specialize in working with adult individuals with trauma, chronic pain, and ADHD.
If you're here it means you are considering starting or continuing your journey towards healing. It can be overwhelming looking for help, not knowing what the process is like, or how to choose therapist that feels right to you. In my office you can bring what you need, whatever that looks like. Get comfortable, maybe you want to kick off your shoes and curl up under a weighted blanket; maybe swearing will help. It's not an overly formal, clinical setting but a place to come as you are as we gently explore how your past and present are interacting and hijacking the future you want.
I specialize in working with adult individuals with trauma, chronic pain, and ADHD.
If you're here it means you are considering starting or continuing your journey towards healing. It can be overwhelming looking for help, not knowing what the process is like, or how to choose therapist that feels right to you. In my office you can bring what you need, whatever that looks like. Get comfortable, maybe you want to kick off your shoes and curl up under a weighted blanket; maybe swearing will help. It's not an overly formal, clinical setting but a place to come as you are as we gently explore how your past and present are interacting and hijacking the future you want.
(346) 230-5188 View (346) 230-5188
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Sarah Scott
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77025
I specialize in helping clients with ADHD, learning differences, or an autism spectrum disorder overcome current challenges and plan for success though talk therapy and personalized behavioral interventions.
Mental health is defined as the ability to love, and the ability to work; to be able to have stable and emotionally fulfilling relationships, to take care of your daily needs, and to be able to use your time creatively and productively. I offer person-centered counseling that focuses on helping clients understand their thoughts and feelings in order to change their behavior. I also specialize in Executive Function Coaching. Young people are often bright and capable, but overwhelmed by frustration, anxiety, or inattention. EFC teaches techniques to stay focused, plan ahead, get organized, make decisions, and follow through.
I specialize in helping clients with ADHD, learning differences, or an autism spectrum disorder overcome current challenges and plan for success though talk therapy and personalized behavioral interventions.
Mental health is defined as the ability to love, and the ability to work; to be able to have stable and emotionally fulfilling relationships, to take care of your daily needs, and to be able to use your time creatively and productively. I offer person-centered counseling that focuses on helping clients understand their thoughts and feelings in order to change their behavior. I also specialize in Executive Function Coaching. Young people are often bright and capable, but overwhelmed by frustration, anxiety, or inattention. EFC teaches techniques to stay focused, plan ahead, get organized, make decisions, and follow through.
(281) 771-1855 View (281) 771-1855
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Peter Elliott Goldstein
MD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77018
Hello Texas! I am a seasoned Medical Doctor, (MD) who has a wide range of experience treating both General Medical illnesses, AND Mental Health illnesses. I enjoy taking care of patients with Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia, among others. Very often I engage my patient's in both Psych MEDication Management, and Supportive Counseling. We prescibe all of the medications that you might of heard of, such as Prozac, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Zyprexa, Abilify and Effexor. My goal is to shorten the time required to achieve Bio-Pyschosocial wellness via a proactive approach.
Hello Texas! I am a seasoned Medical Doctor, (MD) who has a wide range of experience treating both General Medical illnesses, AND Mental Health illnesses. I enjoy taking care of patients with Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia, among others. Very often I engage my patient's in both Psych MEDication Management, and Supportive Counseling. We prescibe all of the medications that you might of heard of, such as Prozac, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Zyprexa, Abilify and Effexor. My goal is to shorten the time required to achieve Bio-Pyschosocial wellness via a proactive approach.
(832) 990-7478 View (832) 990-7478
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Cassandra J Wolff
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77096  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with individuals, couples, and families impacted by ADHD, anxiety based disorders, and/or are experiencing relationship challenges. I also welcome those who identify as neurodiverse, but may not have a specific diagnosis. We work together to improve executive functioning, improve relationship quality, learn how to live with uncertainty, and live by our values. Over half of the clients I work with either identify as neurodiverse (most often diagnosed with ADHD), or has someone within their partnership or family that identifies this way. It is an absolute pleasure to be able to work with these individuals.
I specialize in working with individuals, couples, and families impacted by ADHD, anxiety based disorders, and/or are experiencing relationship challenges. I also welcome those who identify as neurodiverse, but may not have a specific diagnosis. We work together to improve executive functioning, improve relationship quality, learn how to live with uncertainty, and live by our values. Over half of the clients I work with either identify as neurodiverse (most often diagnosed with ADHD), or has someone within their partnership or family that identifies this way. It is an absolute pleasure to be able to work with these individuals.
(267) 214-9851 View (267) 214-9851
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Juliana Chesser
LPC Associate, MS, NCC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77079
I specialize with children who have ADHD, anxiety, & mood related concerns.
You are looking for support, connection, reflection, and joy - wanting to release your pain, trauma, loss, or crisis. Well then, let's collaborate! The heartbeat that sets our therapeutic journey apart is a relationship that's meaningful, healthy, and authentically deep. Together, uncover the layers of your existence, armed with skills and insight. Picture yourself gaining self-awareness that transcends both our sessions and the world outside, nurturing a confidence and responsibility to your truest self. Integrate your life experiences to shed the weight you have carried far too long.
I specialize with children who have ADHD, anxiety, & mood related concerns.
You are looking for support, connection, reflection, and joy - wanting to release your pain, trauma, loss, or crisis. Well then, let's collaborate! The heartbeat that sets our therapeutic journey apart is a relationship that's meaningful, healthy, and authentically deep. Together, uncover the layers of your existence, armed with skills and insight. Picture yourself gaining self-awareness that transcends both our sessions and the world outside, nurturing a confidence and responsibility to your truest self. Integrate your life experiences to shed the weight you have carried far too long.
(346) 770-3007 View (346) 770-3007
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Shanell Bradley
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CSC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77025  (Online Only)
I work with young adults (18+) who are seeking help with ADHD, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, people-pleasing, trauma, life transitions, college issues, interpersonal issues, and young adult concerns.
Hi! My name is Shanell. I'm a black neurodivergent therapist who loves helping my clients find balance and empowering them to take the necessary steps to reach their goals. First, I would like to congratulate you on taking this step toward your journey to a better you! I am aware of the stigmas that are tied to mental health and how they can sometimes deter someone from receiving therapy services. You are not here by accident; it takes courage to want to heal, and I am here to assist you in that process.
I work with young adults (18+) who are seeking help with ADHD, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, people-pleasing, trauma, life transitions, college issues, interpersonal issues, and young adult concerns.
Hi! My name is Shanell. I'm a black neurodivergent therapist who loves helping my clients find balance and empowering them to take the necessary steps to reach their goals. First, I would like to congratulate you on taking this step toward your journey to a better you! I am aware of the stigmas that are tied to mental health and how they can sometimes deter someone from receiving therapy services. You are not here by accident; it takes courage to want to heal, and I am here to assist you in that process.
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Bryant Hyland Packard
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77063
To accomplish the change you want, will require bravery and vulnerability. Asking for help takes courage you are worth it! You can do your work now, or at the next relationship, or the work can “do you”. Experience with adults, adolescents, individuals, couples and families, specializing in Trauma, PTSD, Panic, Depression, Anxiety, Marital Conflict, Grief, Bi-Polar, ADHD, Sex & Love Addiction, Codependency and Relationship Issues. My passion is helping you actualize your authentic self, focused on your values, disempowering stories we tell ourselves to truly accomplish your ultimate goals and a life worth living.
To accomplish the change you want, will require bravery and vulnerability. Asking for help takes courage you are worth it! You can do your work now, or at the next relationship, or the work can “do you”. Experience with adults, adolescents, individuals, couples and families, specializing in Trauma, PTSD, Panic, Depression, Anxiety, Marital Conflict, Grief, Bi-Polar, ADHD, Sex & Love Addiction, Codependency and Relationship Issues. My passion is helping you actualize your authentic self, focused on your values, disempowering stories we tell ourselves to truly accomplish your ultimate goals and a life worth living.
(832) 409-2023 View (832) 409-2023
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Glenn Scott Harrell
MEd, BCBA, LBA
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77040  (Online Only)
As a specialist in behavior analytic therapy, my ideal client is an individual living with Autism or ADHD. They may face challenges in communication, social interaction, and maintaining focus. Their needs often include structured support to develop coping strategies, enhance life skills, and improve behavioral responses. Their goals revolve around achieving greater independence, fostering meaningful relationships, and excelling in academic or professional environments. They seek therapy to navigate their unique challenges, embrace their strengths, and lead a fulfilling life.
As a specialist in behavior analytic therapy, my ideal client is an individual living with Autism or ADHD. They may face challenges in communication, social interaction, and maintaining focus. Their needs often include structured support to develop coping strategies, enhance life skills, and improve behavioral responses. Their goals revolve around achieving greater independence, fostering meaningful relationships, and excelling in academic or professional environments. They seek therapy to navigate their unique challenges, embrace their strengths, and lead a fulfilling life.
(512) 866-5670 View (512) 866-5670
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Ashantia Wolfe
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LCMHC, CSC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77096  (Online Only)
Right now at this moment, you have the ability to trust and accept who you are and to not second guess your decisions. Living with symptoms of anxiety and/or ADHD may prevent you from enjoying the life you deserve and following your own intuition. These symptoms can leave you tired of watching others complete tasks that seem to take you forever to accomplish. There is not a definitive answer or end to how you approach these concerns, there’s only a journey. Part of your journey involves connecting with the best therapist for you to help move you from a place of overwhelm to a place of balance, confidence and sustainability!
Right now at this moment, you have the ability to trust and accept who you are and to not second guess your decisions. Living with symptoms of anxiety and/or ADHD may prevent you from enjoying the life you deserve and following your own intuition. These symptoms can leave you tired of watching others complete tasks that seem to take you forever to accomplish. There is not a definitive answer or end to how you approach these concerns, there’s only a journey. Part of your journey involves connecting with the best therapist for you to help move you from a place of overwhelm to a place of balance, confidence and sustainability!
(346) 233-1959 View (346) 233-1959
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Carrie S Follmar
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, MA, LPC-S
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77024
I have thirty years experience working with students with ADHD in a school setting.
If ADHD is creating havoc in your life, your marriage, your job or the life of a family member, consider calling me to discuss your challenges. I have a long background and record of success working with parents and children especially those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I have a solid understanding of what children, adolescents and families with these types of concerns need. I would like to walk with you in the next steps of your journey to explore difficulties, reduce chaos, define goals, and move toward a better, more balanced, manageable life!
I have thirty years experience working with students with ADHD in a school setting.
If ADHD is creating havoc in your life, your marriage, your job or the life of a family member, consider calling me to discuss your challenges. I have a long background and record of success working with parents and children especially those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I have a solid understanding of what children, adolescents and families with these types of concerns need. I would like to walk with you in the next steps of your journey to explore difficulties, reduce chaos, define goals, and move toward a better, more balanced, manageable life!
(281) 843-3870 View (281) 843-3870
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Gulf Coast Psychological Services PLLC
Psychologist, LPA, PhD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77079  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
, mood disorders, anxiety), ADHD, disability services, and psychological and vocational/career consultation.
You are unique, therefore the most effective psychological approach must be adapted to your particular needs. There is no "one size fits all" approach, so I will work to learn about you and your concerns, while helping you in the development of better self-knowledge so you can move one step closer in achieving your goals.
, mood disorders, anxiety), ADHD, disability services, and psychological and vocational/career consultation.
You are unique, therefore the most effective psychological approach must be adapted to your particular needs. There is no "one size fits all" approach, so I will work to learn about you and your concerns, while helping you in the development of better self-knowledge so you can move one step closer in achieving your goals.
(346) 787-2876 View (346) 787-2876
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Maida Guajardo For Everwell Counseling
LPC-Associate, MS, LPC-A
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77079
Hello, my name is Maida Guajardo, I am an LPC Associate, supervised by Dr. Nidal Pascoe, LPC-S. I offer individual and couples therapy. Whether you're a teen or adult looking to navigate anxiety, depression, or ADHD, or a couple seeking to strengthen your bond, I'm here to provide a supportive space for positive transformation. Generally, our focus is on empowering you with effective strategies and insights to manage these challenges. If you are navigating communication challenges, intimacy concerns, or other relational hurdles, I'm dedicated to facilitating a safe space for both partners to express their feelings.
Hello, my name is Maida Guajardo, I am an LPC Associate, supervised by Dr. Nidal Pascoe, LPC-S. I offer individual and couples therapy. Whether you're a teen or adult looking to navigate anxiety, depression, or ADHD, or a couple seeking to strengthen your bond, I'm here to provide a supportive space for positive transformation. Generally, our focus is on empowering you with effective strategies and insights to manage these challenges. If you are navigating communication challenges, intimacy concerns, or other relational hurdles, I'm dedicated to facilitating a safe space for both partners to express their feelings.
(346) 482-2861 View (346) 482-2861
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A. Timothy Butcher
Psychologist, MDiv, PhD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77098
Many adults with ADHD qualify for academic and/or occupational accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
The Clinic for Adult Attention Problems P.A. (CAAP) is a specialty clinic. The primary mission of the clinic is to provide exemplary patient care through state-of-the-art assessment and treatment and to expand knowledge through research.
Many adults with ADHD qualify for academic and/or occupational accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
The Clinic for Adult Attention Problems P.A. (CAAP) is a specialty clinic. The primary mission of the clinic is to provide exemplary patient care through state-of-the-art assessment and treatment and to expand knowledge through research.
(713) 489-8361 x1 View (713) 489-8361 x1
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Sarah Hoffman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77006  (Online Only)
My specialties include ADHD, neurodivergence, anxiety, stress, and overwhelm.
Life feels like a constant game of catch-up, leaving you feeling drained and overwhelmed. You're often running late, forgetting important things, and struggling to keep up with your to-do list. People may think you're doing okay because you hide how you feel, but inside, you feel like you're falling apart. You feel consumed by worry, anxiety, and your fear of messing up and failing. You long to feel normal and in control of your life. You want to wake up refreshed and enjoy your life. You need a break from the noise in your head and a chance to catch your breath. I get it, and I can help you find joy and balance in your life.
My specialties include ADHD, neurodivergence, anxiety, stress, and overwhelm.
Life feels like a constant game of catch-up, leaving you feeling drained and overwhelmed. You're often running late, forgetting important things, and struggling to keep up with your to-do list. People may think you're doing okay because you hide how you feel, but inside, you feel like you're falling apart. You feel consumed by worry, anxiety, and your fear of messing up and failing. You long to feel normal and in control of your life. You want to wake up refreshed and enjoy your life. You need a break from the noise in your head and a chance to catch your breath. I get it, and I can help you find joy and balance in your life.
(832) 770-7762 View (832) 770-7762
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Revenite Therapy Services
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77041  (Online Only)
My name is Jessica, owner of Revenite Therapy Services. I have been working in mental health for 8 years and started my practice late in 2022. I love to empower parents, especially mothers, to strengthen their relationship with their children so they can exist harmoniously, despite today's challenges. I earned my clinical psychology degree from Eastern Kentucky University and am registered with the VA to treat PTSD with CPT. I also have additional trainings in CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. My work is focused on treating PTSD, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, and parent/child interactions
My name is Jessica, owner of Revenite Therapy Services. I have been working in mental health for 8 years and started my practice late in 2022. I love to empower parents, especially mothers, to strengthen their relationship with their children so they can exist harmoniously, despite today's challenges. I earned my clinical psychology degree from Eastern Kentucky University and am registered with the VA to treat PTSD with CPT. I also have additional trainings in CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. My work is focused on treating PTSD, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, and parent/child interactions
(281) 916-2928 View (281) 916-2928
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Walker Peacock
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77027
Waitlist for new clients
My professional experience has emphasized lifespan development, and has allowed me the opportunity to work with children, adolescents, and adults of diverse backgrounds. Many of my clients come in for help with treating specific problems such as ADHD, Anxiety, and Depression. Others come in seeking consultation for a variety of life issues including difficulty with organization, impulse control, and emotional expression. I provide psychological services for individuals, families, parents, and professionals. If you have any questions about my practice, please call or email me. I will respond within 24 hours.
My professional experience has emphasized lifespan development, and has allowed me the opportunity to work with children, adolescents, and adults of diverse backgrounds. Many of my clients come in for help with treating specific problems such as ADHD, Anxiety, and Depression. Others come in seeking consultation for a variety of life issues including difficulty with organization, impulse control, and emotional expression. I provide psychological services for individuals, families, parents, and professionals. If you have any questions about my practice, please call or email me. I will respond within 24 hours.
(281) 336-0374 View (281) 336-0374
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Dr. Anita Payan
Psychologist, PhD, LSSP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77098  (Online Only)
I meet you where you are at and equip you with skills to move forward from anxiety, depression, ADHD, high-functioning autism, school issues, lack of self love, breakup, parenting struggles, infertility, and pregnancy loss.
Is adversity, stress, or trauma making it difficult to quiet the thoughts in your head? You keep replaying scenarios and analyzing what you could have done differently. You may feel like you are alone in your suffering or like your grief is not recognized by the world at large. Know that you are not defined by your symptoms. And even though it may not feel like it, you are already doing something beautifully to bring you to where you are today. You are now wondering how to move forward from here. I can help.
I meet you where you are at and equip you with skills to move forward from anxiety, depression, ADHD, high-functioning autism, school issues, lack of self love, breakup, parenting struggles, infertility, and pregnancy loss.
Is adversity, stress, or trauma making it difficult to quiet the thoughts in your head? You keep replaying scenarios and analyzing what you could have done differently. You may feel like you are alone in your suffering or like your grief is not recognized by the world at large. Know that you are not defined by your symptoms. And even though it may not feel like it, you are already doing something beautifully to bring you to where you are today. You are now wondering how to move forward from here. I can help.
(832) 281-5699 View (832) 281-5699
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Kimberly Harrison
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77025
Children, adolescents and adults with ADHD and Asperger's-type autism are areas of focus for my practice.
I work with children, adolescents and adults on a variety of issues. Most of my work is based on the principles of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). My therapy plans are goal-oriented, with specific, measurable steps so that you can track progress. I will help you discover the "problem behind the problem" and then we'll work together to formulate solutions. I enjoy collaborating with my patients on many types of issues, but have quite a bit of extra training in working with children with ADHD and their parents, as well as with persons with Asperger's-type autism.
Children, adolescents and adults with ADHD and Asperger's-type autism are areas of focus for my practice.
I work with children, adolescents and adults on a variety of issues. Most of my work is based on the principles of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). My therapy plans are goal-oriented, with specific, measurable steps so that you can track progress. I will help you discover the "problem behind the problem" and then we'll work together to formulate solutions. I enjoy collaborating with my patients on many types of issues, but have quite a bit of extra training in working with children with ADHD and their parents, as well as with persons with Asperger's-type autism.
(281) 346-3166 View (281) 346-3166
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Dr. Laura Summerhill
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77077
Let’s work to demystify ADHD and the anxiety you’re experiencing.
Every morning is the same. You wake up in a panic, thinking about all the things you were supposed to finish yesterday but didn’t. And today’s to-do list makes you wonder if you’ll ever be able to dig yourself out of this hole. You know people rely on you, and you feel like you’re letting everyone down, especially yourself. “How,” you wonder, “can other people get things done with such ease and it be so difficult for me?” Even projects that excite you are hard to start and nearly impossible to finish. Life would be so much easier if you could just focus, but you don’t know how. You beat yourself up. It's getting old.
Let’s work to demystify ADHD and the anxiety you’re experiencing.
Every morning is the same. You wake up in a panic, thinking about all the things you were supposed to finish yesterday but didn’t. And today’s to-do list makes you wonder if you’ll ever be able to dig yourself out of this hole. You know people rely on you, and you feel like you’re letting everyone down, especially yourself. “How,” you wonder, “can other people get things done with such ease and it be so difficult for me?” Even projects that excite you are hard to start and nearly impossible to finish. Life would be so much easier if you could just focus, but you don’t know how. You beat yourself up. It's getting old.
(737) 200-5280 View (737) 200-5280
Terapia en Español
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77092
Del 2008 al 2014 trabajé con un médico siquiatra y me especialicé en niños con ADHD y otros problemas de comportamiento.
Está usted teniendo dificultades con su niño en la escuela para concentrarse, en la casa para hacer la tarea, y en sus relaciones con la familia? Tiene usted un adolescente que se siente deprimido, sólo quiere estar en su cuarto, en el internet o en el teléfono? Tiene niños con problemas de agresión o deprimidos? Acérquese para que hablemos acerca de como ayudar a su niño, mejorar sus relaciones familiares, recuperar su tranquilidad y volver a disfrutar de alegría, paz, y felicidad en su hogar.
Del 2008 al 2014 trabajé con un médico siquiatra y me especialicé en niños con ADHD y otros problemas de comportamiento.
Está usted teniendo dificultades con su niño en la escuela para concentrarse, en la casa para hacer la tarea, y en sus relaciones con la familia? Tiene usted un adolescente que se siente deprimido, sólo quiere estar en su cuarto, en el internet o en el teléfono? Tiene niños con problemas de agresión o deprimidos? Acérquese para que hablemos acerca de como ayudar a su niño, mejorar sus relaciones familiares, recuperar su tranquilidad y volver a disfrutar de alegría, paz, y felicidad en su hogar.
(832) 632-8147 View (832) 632-8147

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.