Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), previously referred to as attention deficit disorder (ADD), is listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) as a chronic brain disease. It is characterized as “a persistent pattern of inattention and/ or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.” Although ADHD is one of the most studied conditions in America, the precise cause for developing ADHD remains unknown. Research has, however, indicated that genetic factors, environmental factors, and developmental delays may all contribute to its potential development. ADHD is extremely common, as the worldwide prevalence of ADHD is estimated to be around 2.2% in children and 2.8% in adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 3.3 million children between ages 12-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD in America. If left untreated, the symptoms associated with ADHD will interfere with one’s ability to function optimally in his or her daily life.
Online therapy, also known as online counseling or telemental health, has become rather noteworthy in the mental health provider landscape. It is defined as “the use of telecommunications or videoconferencing technology to provide mental health services.” Verywell Mind further explains that online treatment relies on communicating via email, real-time instant messaging, mobile device apps, video conferencing, text-based chats, and telephone. The psychotherapeutic techniques that work for traditional, in-person counseling can also be used online with equal success when treating ADHD.
Every individual is unique, and each will require a customized treatment plan that is reflective of his or her distinct needs. Treatment plans for ADHD are often comprised of a combination of certain medications (e.g., Vyvanse, Adderall XR, Dexedrine, Ritalin, etc.) as well as one or more therapeutic treatment modalities. Common therapeutic methods that are integrated in ADHD treatment plans may include talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and expressive arts therapies. Teletherapy offers a unique opportunity to work through behavioral patterns, address emotional issues, and find potent interventions. Research has shown that telemental health services can be as effective as traditional, in-office visits. There is no universal treatment method that proves successful for every person diagnosed with ADHD, and while some may find telemental health services beneficial, online treatment does not always resonate with everyone. It can be effective for some individuals with ADHD, and ineffective for others.
Further Information and Support
Navigating the challenges that arise from living with mental illness, struggling with substance abuse, and/ or addiction can not only be all consuming but are often impossible to effectively handle without proper support. If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one regarding mental illness, substance abuse, and/ or addiction we recommend reaching out for help as soon as possible. Bear in mind that you do not have to be on this journey alone. At Upwell Advisors, we offer unique, customized concierge therapeutic services to provide our clients with unparalleled support throughout every step of the recovery process.
If left untreated, substance abuse, addiction, and/ or mental illness can result in long lasting and potentially life-threatening consequences. The earlier you seek support, the sooner you and your loved ones can return to leading happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives. Please do not hesitate to reach out for guidance. We welcome the opportunity to discuss how we might best be able to help you or your loved one in the recovery process.