What is ADHD?

Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental divergent disorder that affects children, teens, and adults. ADHD can impact various areas of life if it isn’t well managed. In these cases, it can become problematic for your relationships, finances, mental health, work, and more. If this is you and you have been having trouble starting up therapy, let this page help you see how a trained professional could help at Vancouver Counselling Clinic.

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$160

60 minutes

50 min. of Counselling + 10 min. Clinical Notes

In-Person Session

$245

90 minutes

80 min. of Counselling + 10 min. Clinical Notes

ADHD in Relationships

ADHD can create friction in relationships in many ways, including creating a wide variety of misunderstandings, careless mistakes, disappointments, hurtful reactions and destructive conflicts about everyday things. ADHD can make it tough to create plans and follow through them or regulate your own emotions and reactivity, which can make others feel like there is an intentional lack of care and thoughtfulness. ADHD can make it challenging to attentively listen to the reminders, concerns and needs of others. If you have been struggling in your relationship, it might be time for you to talk to a therapist at Vancouver Counselling Clinic, where we offer support for individuals and couples.

ADHD at Work

ADHD can create challenges for people in school and at work, in particular, these issues encompass communication, distraction, procrastination, and executive functioning. It can feel difficult learning and performing job duties, especially during times of stress or boredom. Temper outbursts, reactivity to situations, or impulsive decision making can seriously hinder careers and opportunities of advancement. Forgetfulness and timeliness about deadlines and duties can also have a tremendous impact on your job performance and relationships at work. If you have been struggling at work, it might be time for you to talk to a therapist at Vancouver Counselling Clinic, where we offer individual counselling, career counselling, and management coaching.

What are the Symptoms of ADHD?

Based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), you can experience ADHD symptoms but not have ADHD if it does not negatively impact your day-to-day functions in your job, school, family, romantic or social relationships. It is common for ADHD symptoms to have appeared in childhood as it is a neurodevelopmental disorder.

Hyperactivity

  • High energy levels and excessive movement
  • Unable to slow down, rest, and relax
  • Fidgeting, squirming, and can’t sit still
  • Racing thoughts and inner dialogue
  • Talkativeness and interruptions
  • Trouble playing or doing activities quietly

Impulsivity

  • Impatient and can’t tolerate frustration
  • Driven by unregulated emotions
  • Spontaneous decision making
  • Taking risks without consideration
  • Not weighing pros-and-cons
  • Not considering long-term consequences

Inattention

  • High distractibility
  • Forgetfulness and loses things
  • Trouble with instructions and task completion
  • Making careless mistakes and trouble with focus
  • Trouble with organisation
  • Trouble with time management

ADHD Medications

There are three main types of medical treatment for ADHD in adults. Long-acting medications are often chosen over short-acting ones as they tend to improve compliance in taking the medication and have better effects. First line medications for ADHD are all long-acting psychostimulants.

Amphetamine-based Psychostimulants

Methylphenidate-based Psychostimulants

Non-Psychostimulents

Anxiety, loss of appetite, and impact on sleep (such as insomnia) are all common side effects of stimulants. If these side effects negatively impact your general health, mental health, or quality of life, you should speak with your doctor.

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Welcome to the Vancouver Counselling Clinic, located in South Vancouver, British Columbia. We are dedicated to providing quality mental healthcare to all of our clients and patients. We honour the values of diversity, equity and inclusion, and we serve our clients by being present, proactive, persistent, and passionate. We are committed to the ethical principles as provided by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association & the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, which include the following fundamentals in practice at our clinic.