Living with attention deficit disorders can be frustrating and overwhelming. As a young person dealing with attention issues, or as a parent who suspects their child is affected, support from your Nurse Practitioner or Primary Care Provider is available. Learning how to cope with and understand what can be done to help control and reduce the symptoms to overcome the daily challenges necessary in addressing and managing attention issues properly are essential.

Children with ADD/ADHD generally have deficits in executive functioning, meaning there is a problem with the ability to plan ahead, organize, control impulses, and complete required tasks when directed.

Although the symptoms can be nothing short of exasperating to all those affected, it’s important to remember that those who suffer with ADD/ADHD who is ignoring, annoying, or embarrassing is not acting willfully. Those with inattention disorders want to sit quietly, be organized and do everything they are told to but sometimes don’t know how to make these things happen due to being so distracted and unfocused.

Children and teens with ADD/ADHD exhibit a slew of behaviors that are often seen as disruptive leading to personal, parental and teacher frustration.

The lack of control and inability to deal with many of the day-to-day challenges can lead to physical and mental distress in forms of anxiety, depression, guilt and anger. In order to surpass living with ADD/ADHD, it’s important to master a combination of compassion and consistency.

One of the most important things to remember when living with ADD/ADHD is that you don’t have to do it alone. Seek adequate support from your health care provider. Talk to someone!! Speak with your primary care provider/nurse practitioner, therapist or teacher to gain help to guide you through the necessary assessments, support and treatment options that are available.

With patience, compassion, and plenty of support, ADHD is a manageable disorder for all those impacted. Remember, there is help available to be successful both at home and school to live a better quality of life overall. Contact West Maui Counseling Center, we are here to help.