Improve ADD Symptoms Through Therapy

Adults living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) explain how counseling has given them the coping skills they need to move forward with their lives.

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ADDitude asked, “How does therapy improve your outlook and ADHD symptoms?” Here’s what you had to say:

“Weekly sessions affirmed that I was a good person who had a problem, not a scatterbrained oaf.” -Joseph McAllister, Washington

“Putting a label on my symptoms made me feel more ‘normal’ for the first time in my life, if that makes any sense. Before being diagnosed, I felt that I was lazy, disorganized, spacey, and downright stupid. After I began treatment, I understood that I could take control of my symptoms. It made a big difference in my perspective.” -D., Texas

“It helped clear up misinformation about ADD. Many medical professionals, believe it or not, still don’t believe that ADD is a real disorder.” -Melissa, New Jersey

Counseling let me know I wasn’t alone. I was understood -- finally.” -Rhonda, Illinois

“Finding my counselor was like finding a long-lost friend! She understands when I have a bad day.” -Diane, Washington

“I need someone to talk to who won’t judge me. I found that my therapist is the only one who doesn’t.” -Geni Rodriguez, California

“Counseling taught me that ADHD is not a liability, but that it isn’t a gift either.” -Eva O’Malley, New Jersey

“Counseling and coaching were vital in helping me deal with ADHD. The diagnosis can leave you angry, bewildered, and depressed, even when you finally have a label to tack onto your weirdness.” -Mark, Canada

“I started counseling a month ago, and it’s already helping me cope with life. I am dealing with such issues as finding self-acceptance, knowing I am loved, trying not to let my ADD imprison me, and being able to maintain relationships.” -Linda Cook, Arizona

“It was crucial in helping me realize that I had to re-learn behaviors that I had been compensating for during the years of being untreated.” -Matt, Illinois

"Therapy saved me from being overwhelmed and misunderstood. It stopped me from giving up." -T. Bishop, Indiana

“Counseling helped me prioritize what issues I needed to work on first, and to identify what was an ADD symptom and what was just a function of living in the 21st century. It has been very helpful in allowing me to move forward.” -Heather Brady, New Jersey

“Counseling was the key to helping me realize that I could survive and live with ADD. Without counseling, I would have never graduated college to become a teacher.” -Anne Dykstra, Maryland

“When our counselor told me that my son had a severe case of ADD, and that I should be proud of the progress he’s made, I felt validated. I had a right to be an extremely exhausted mom!” -Emma, New Jersey

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