understand your ADHD as a strength not shame
ADHD Therapy for Adults in Colorado
You're tired of struggling with trying to get your head on right some times. The truth is you’re doing the best you can to stay on track and operate in work and day-to-day life. However, everything feels different, and it's hard to justify what is happening because you are an adult and need to be on top of things and responsible.
The truth is many individuals, especially women do not realize that what they are experiencing are the symptoms of ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Many individuals talk about how they struggle with organization and finishing projects. They are stressed because they are falling behind at work. They know what they need to do the job, but getting the motivation is another struggle in itself. These individuals are just bored with work and have a difficult time with “data entry type” or routine tasks at their jobs.
Furthermore, you may find that when it comes to substances, you’re having a hard time quitting alcohol and drug use, but avoiding this acknowledgment is easier than admitting it. You’re not alone. Many women and adults with ADHD have challenging relationships such as arguing and having a hard time doing housework. It seems like the list never ends for how ADHD impacts individuals.
I Was Told I Didn’t Have ADHD
You may be feeling at a loss right now. Is it depression, anxiety, or PTSD? Many individuals struggle with being negative toward themselves. This causes you to hyperfocus on thoughts and only exacerbates anxiety and depression. It’s important to recognize the differences in what creates mental health concerns. In fact, ADHD can be mistaken for PTSD. This is because ADHD symptoms such as hypervigilance mimic PTSD. Additionally, it's important to know that social anxiety and social cues (talking too much or not talking at all) can mimic Autism too. So you can be on the autism spectrum and also have ADHD.
Furthermore, this may be the first time you’re being told you have ADHD. Perhaps you have an idea of what ADHD looks like, but in reality, there are a variety of expressions of ADHD. It can be hard to conceptualize what this means. Your identity may be shaken. Now you may be wondering what is your personality and is ADHD?
Signs and Symptoms of ADHD in Adults
There are some common universal signs of ADHD in adults, but there are also some that are less known to be related to ADHD, here are some things to look out for:
Lack of Focus
Physical Health Concerns ( compulsive eating, body dysmorphia)
Time Management Concerns
It's important to know that as an adult ADHD does present differently. Especially among men and women. ADHD has more than just hyperfocus and hyperactivity. There are many variations of how someone with ADHD may present. It can be a very disorganized individual or a perfectionist no one seems to worry about.
Additionally, other comorbid disorders include substance disorders, PTSD, depression, social anxiety, and generalized anxiety. People may also have hyper-specific food aversion to textures. ADHD can also be on a spectrum too like autism. Individuals may experience rejection sensitivity dysphoria and will avoid situations where any sort of criticism would be presented.
ADHD Therapy for Adults in Colorado Can Help You Better Understand and Manage ADHD!
You may be wondering how can ADHD therapy in Colorado actually help me? After all, you have been dealing with this your whole life. Perhaps you just placed a name to what is happening, you’re working on accepting it, or you have known for a while and nothing has worked. Our ADHD therapists understand. You have been trying to manage the best you can in a world that is built for neurotypical people. Once you realize that nothing is wrong with you, but in fact, you just operate in a different way, you may have a variety of reactions.
Many adults grieve and experience anger for having to feel like an outcast, different, or lazy their whole life. The reality is that the world needs to learn to provide space for the unique and intelligent neurodivergent brain that you have. ADHD therapy is not here to make you fit in a box. Instead, it's here as a resource to help you create routines, strategies, and skills to help you live a more meaningful life.
Our ADHD Therapists Are Your Resource and Guide!
As ADHD specialists, we have seen how paralyzing it can be to feel like you don’t have the tools and understanding to thrive in the world. You have been doing your best. We know you’re doing everything you can to get your work done, show up for relationships, manage self-care, and do everything in your power to cope. It's exhausting.
Some of you may have learned how to function in this neurotypical world, but that doesn’t mean it's any easier for you. So when you come into ADHD therapy, you may be hesitant about what will happen and how we can help. Our therapists have helped many adults just like you navigate, process, and understand ADHD. We are confident that we can help you too!
Cataylss Counseling’s Approach to ADHD Therapy in Colorado
Here is what you can expect from ADHD therapy in Colorado. We will help you understand, normalize and validate your experience. Whether you’re just learning about your symptoms, or you have always known. We will also talk about some psychoeducation on how our brain processes shame and self-defeating thoughts. Together we may go through a grieving stage with newly diagnosed adults. Perhaps, you’re in your 40s and learning for the first time, this is why you function the way you do, due to not getting the help or understanding sooner.
We will help you build tools, and get more information, such as through books or podcasts like How to ADHD and The Neurodivergent Woman. We may also ask you to describe your symptoms and experience. Together we may walk through the ASRS ADHD self-report scale assessment and sometimes use ACE to see if there is possible trauma and not ADHD symptoms. This will help us to get a more full picture.
Treating ADHD through Group counseling:
Sometimes it's more effective to treat ADHD through group counseling. This is because you can learn skills and techniques from others and feel less alone in your struggles.
Perhaps you are newly diagnosed with ADHD or want to view your symptoms as a strength instead of a challenge. Whatever the reason, connect with others who think like you do in our ADHD Support Group.
Here are several ways that group therapy for ADHD can benefit you:
Instead of feeling alone, you feel connected
Develop a built-in support system of people who understand you
Helps to create a routine of investing in yourself
Gives you opportunities to improve your self-growth
We love group therapy for ADHD treatment, and maybe you will too!
Are You Ready to Begin ADHD Therapy in Colorado?
Your brain looks different then other people's. There are areas that are more active than other brains, meaning you think differently, process information differently, and have some challenges with organization, being impulsive, and staying on task. These challenges can also be strengths because you can see more and think differently than others. If you’re ready to get additional support, our ADHD therapists in Colorado are here to provide a safe and open space for you!
Begin ADHD Therapy for Adults in Colorado
ADHD Therapy with Catalyss Counseling can provide you with the tools, healing, and understanding you need. If you’d like to talk to someone more about how we treat ADHD in our Denver area counseling practice, we make it easy:
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Other Therapy Services For You at Catalyss Counseling
Your ADHD does not indicate something is wrong with you. The neurotypical space does not provide great accommodations for those of us who think and process the world differently. Counseling is a great place to start, but we know there may be other issues to explore in therapy. That's why we want to make sure you know we are here for your counseling needs in the Denver area.
That's why we want to make sure you know we are here for your counseling needs in the Denver area.
Our supportive therapists provide therapy for anxiety, depression counseling, therapy for grief and loss, counseling for caregivers, stress management counseling, couples counseling, EMDR and PTSD Treatment, and more. We also have specialists in women's issues, pregnancy and postpartum concerns, pregnancy loss and miscarriage, and birth trauma. For therapists, we can also provide clinical supervision! We look forward to connecting with you to help support your journey today.