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ADHD and Neurodivergence

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Understanding ADHD

Imagine living in a world where your mind feels like it's constantly shifting radio stations, each vying for attention, making it difficult to focus on the task at hand. This is a glimpse into the daily reality for adults with ADHD. At work, this might manifest as missed deadlines or forgotten meetings, not due to lack of effort but because of the brain's unique wiring that struggles with organizational tasks and sustained attention. Financially, impulsivity can lead to spontaneous purchases or neglected bills, creating a cycle of monetary stress. Emotionally, the intensity can be overwhelming; feelings of frustration or sadness might arise more abruptly and with greater force, complicating personal relationships. Partners might misinterpret these emotional outbursts or the occasional inattentiveness as carelessness, straining intimate connections. Each of these challenges paints a part of the larger picture of living with ADHD, beyond the common misconceptions of it simply being about hyperactivity or a short attention span. ADHD is about “tuning out” both to our outer and inner experience, not by choice by adaptation.

ADHD often impacts the way certain brain regions manage our emotions and reactions. This can affect a person’s ability to focus, control impulses, and stay calm in situations that require sustained attention. Essentially, the parts of the brain that help us process our feelings and plan ahead may work differently. Understanding this helps frame ADHD as a condition related to how the brain manages emotions and tasks, not just a simple lack of attention. 

Contrary to popular belief ADHD is not a disease nor is it completely genetic. ADHD is a complicated adaptation that develops at the crossroads of one's individual temperament and the environment in which someone was raised. ADHD often has a very personal story behind it and is unique to the client's subjective experience.

Symptoms of ADHD

  1. Chronic Inattention: Difficulty sustaining focus on tasks at work or home, often seeming to "drift off" during conversations or while reading.

  2. Disorganization: Struggling with organizing tasks and managing time effectively, which can lead to missed deadlines and personal frustration.

  3. Impulsivity: Making quick decisions without considering the consequences, which can affect relationships and professional decisions.

  4. Emotional Dysregulation: Experiencing intense emotions quickly and sometimes unpredictably. This can include feelings of irritability, sudden mood changes, and difficulty handling stress.

  5. Hyperfocus: While often seen as inattentive, adults with ADHD can also experience periods of intense focus on activities that highly interest them, to the exclusion of other responsibilities.

  6. Forgetfulness: Regularly forgetting appointments, commitments, and daily tasks, which can complicate personal and professional relationships.

  7. Restlessness and Anxiety: Feeling an internal sense of agitation or nervousness, which might not be visible to others.

  8. Difficulty with Multitasking: Struggling to manage several tasks at once or quickly switching between tasks without losing efficiency.

  9. Social Challenges: Misinterpreting social cues or struggling to maintain social relationships due to perceived inattentiveness or insensitivity.

  10. Time Mismanagement: A skewed perception of time, often underestimating how long tasks will take, which can lead to chronic tardiness or rushed work.


Treatment Approaches

In treating ADHD, we take a holistic and adaptive approach that acknowledges the complex nature of the disorder and focuses on enhancing overall well-being and personal growth. Here's how we approach the treatment of ADHD:

  1. Emotional and Nervous System Regulation: Recognizing that emotional dysregulation is a core aspect of ADHD, our treatments include techniques to help individuals better manage their emotions and responses to stress. We will encourage the practice of “tuning in” through self awareness, mindfulness and breathwork, somatic practice and creating a comfortable environment in your sessions.

  2. Exploring Underlying Issues: We pay close attention to the potential interconnections between ADHD symptoms and past experiences, such as trauma or complex PTSD. Addressing these underlying factors is crucial for effective treatment and long-term improvement.

  3. Lifestyle Adjustments: We assist individuals in making informed changes in their daily lives that can support brain health and mitigate ADHD symptoms. This guidance covers areas such as sleep, nutrition, physical activity, and effective time management.

  4. Community and Support: Understanding the social challenges associated with ADHD, we provide opportunities for clients to develop better relational skills and build connections with others who share similar experiences, fostering a supportive community.

  5. Ongoing Education and Self-Understanding: Our approach includes continuous education about ADHD and fostering self-awareness. We help individuals recognize their unique strengths and how their brains function, empowering them to devise personal strategies for managing their symptoms and achieving their goals

By focusing on these key areas, our treatment for ADHD aims not just to alleviate symptoms but to empower individuals to lead richer, more integrated lives.


At Root Counseling, we extend our expertise to treating individuals with neurodivergence, focusing on those who may not fit the typical neurological profile but do not have autism. Our approach is particularly suited to addressing sensory processing issues—a condition often misinterpreted as ADHD. Individuals with sensory processing challenges may experience the world with heightened sensitivity to stimuli which can significantly impact daily functioning. Our therapeutic strategies are designed to help these individuals manage their unique sensory needs, enhance their ability to process sensory information and emotions, and navigate their environments more effectively. By acknowledging the distinct needs of the neurodivergent community, we provide targeted support that fosters understanding, coping, and growth.


What does it mean to be Neurodivergent?

  • Diverse Brain Functioning: Neurodivergence refers to variations in mental or neurological function from what is considered typical or "neurotypical."

  • Unique Learning and Processing Styles: Individuals who are neurodivergent may process information, react to stimuli, or learn in ways that differ from the majority.

  • Variety of Conditions: While it often includes conditions like ADHD, dyslexia, and Tourette Syndrome, it can also encompass a broad range of other neurological differences.

  • Sensory Sensitivities: Many neurodivergent individuals experience heightened or reduced sensitivity to sensory input, which can affect their daily life and interactions.

  • Strengths and Challenges: Being neurodivergent can come with unique strengths, such as creativity, problem-solving abilities, and intense focus, as well as challenges that may require specific supports.

  • Individuality: Each person’s neurodivergence is unique; thus, experiences and needs can vary widely even within the same diagnosis.

  • Not a Disorder: Neurodivergence is increasingly viewed not as a disorder to be cured, but as a part of human diversity that should be respected and accommodated.

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