Myers Counseling Group is pleased to present our fall 2014 newsletter. We hope your summer was enjoyable and are looking forward to the fall season. For those familiar with our newsletters, we present articles of interests on mental health and substance abuse topics. This fall we are starting  a three part series on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD).

In today’s article, Gaining a Understanding ADHD, we discuss signs and symptoms of ADHD. The article explains all that is involved with diagnosing ADHD. Our second part in the series,  Are We Sure It’s ADHD?, readers will learn the challenges in separating ADHD from other mental health diagnosis. The last article, ADHD, What Now?, will present information on treatment options and strategies for work, home, and school.

This newsletter introduces our latest practice updates. We have included information and links to our blog, group updates, and video’s. Our latest video’s include Eating Disorders and Bullying. We have added a new section to our website, Young Adult Perspective. This blog will include insights and observations from Young Adult’s on Mental Health, Substance Abuse and age specific challenges  through their writings and art. We are starting a Children’s Therapy Group in later fall. Times and dates will be announced. Go to our Services page on our web site to find out more details.  Myers Counseling Group is also offering a interactive tool to compare where your drinking patterns compare to National Norms. Click on What Type of Drinker Are You? to find out more.

We always welcome feedback and suggestions from readers. Please provide feedback or comments to Mark Myers.

“I prefer to distinguish ADD as attention  abundance disorder. Everything is just so  interesting . . . remarkably at the same  time.” — Frank Coppola, MA, ODC, ACG

Gaining a Better Understanding of

Attention Deficit

Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD)

Diagnosing Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is not always an easy task feat. There are many factors to consider in determining if someone fits the criteria for a ADHD diagnosis.. Environment, family situation, teacher subjective tolerance, parent attitude and temperament, and sibling interactions could all play a part in addressing concerns regarding this diagnosis.  Developmentally, it is pretty common to see young kids hyper, inattentive, and impulsive. That is all part of their learning process and normal growth for children.  As their brains develop and grow, they learn to manage themselves and are better able to adjust to expectations of their surroundings.

When children get older, their brain is going through a rewiring activity. It is learning to be more efficient in processing information and more effective ways for ways for tasks to be done.

For kids with ADHD it is a tremendous challenge in certain settings due to their specific brain wiring. They simply cannot address situations the same way as people who do not have the diagnosis. It impacts a person socially, academically, financially, in family relations, legally, and their self-confidence. Click for more