ADD or Attention Deficit Disorder is a common neurological condition that is categorized as a learning disability; although, you cannot outgrow this condition you can learn how to use coping strategies that reduce painful symptoms. 

Mood fluctuations, productivity and apathy are commonly associated with ADD. The disorder can cause you to experience low self-esteem if you believe that you cannot demonstrate your potential consistently. There are positive aspects of this condition to become aware of as you learn how to manage symptoms effectively. Therapy is available and it can teach patients how to use self-diagnostic tools that assist them in overcoming emotional obstacles. With extra help those who are affected can learn how to break free of the shame associated with ADD. You have the ability to get the most out of life when you learn how to master your responses and find consistency in how react to the disorder.

Challenges Faced by ADD

ADD tends to cause a lot of problems in relationships, academically and career wise if you do not know how to control symptoms. It can cause you to procrastinate and put things off to the last minute. You may not be able to commit to events because you are unsure as to how you will be feeling at a given moment in time. Mood cycles can take a heavy toll and make you feel emotions such as motivation, depression, accomplishment or disorganization. Mood cycles are also extremely difficult to determine being that they can occur sporadically. There are some people who come to wonder whether or not they are manic-depressive or bipolar because of the immediate changes in their mood. Attention Deficit Disorder can cause you to feel like an underachiever and alter the confidence that you have in yourself. It can be difficult to finish projects that you have started because you tend to lose interest easily. There are many people with this condition that invest a lot of money in gadgets only to be preoccupied with them for a short period of time until they move onto a new interest. Counseling helps you control the abrupt changes associated with the disorder. When you become aware of them you will be more capable of changing your response as you promote symptomatic consistency.

ADD and External Relationships

Being in an intimate relationship with the person affected can be emotionally and sexually frustrating. It can cause their attention to go through extreme rhythms that are much different than yours. It might be hard to have meaningful conversations with them or simply relax and enjoy each other's company. Part of a being in a healthy relationship is maintaining a romantic connection. If the partner with ADD continues to change their intimate expressions it can cause confusion. Dealing with this might be challenging but it's important for the person affected to know how this makes their loved one feel. Therapy can teach you how to cope with the symptoms in a relationship and build a structure that helps your partner respond to ADD symptoms

Attention Deficit Disorder can cause a high stimulation that fades abruptly. It might change the amount of time that the person spends with their friends and family. The mood fluctuations have a lot to do with sporadic behavior in relationships and it can make the person feel as if they are not capable of bringing their best self to social interactions. There are some who tend to isolate themselves from others completely so that they feel more in control of their behavior. Therapy can help people understand how this changes a relationship and the ability to communicate rationally. Counseling will show you how to build a system and commitment so that you learn how to manage symptoms and the needs of your partner at the same time.

How Therapy Can Help

Attention Deficit Disorder can be managed through interventions taught by a trained therapist. You'll learn how to manage fluctuations and do things that help to balance out your life. The counselor can assist you in eliminating disappointment and managing obstacles associated with the disorder. Living without treatment might be difficult and it's essential that you recognize that this condition is not something that has control over your life. The majority of people who have been diagnosed can feel as if they have failed or tried too hard in an attempt to make up for the symptoms. Counseling deals with this as a psychological issue and not a character flaw.

The inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity involved with ADD might turn into an emotional hardship. ADD therapy can provide you with relief and help you manage the emotional aspect of the disorder. Treatment helps to normalize some of the frustrated feelings associated with the diagnosis so that you can learn how to manage your expression toward others. It's important to remember that each person is going to vary symptomatically which is why the therapeutic style will be customized to your disorder needs. With an extra support system you can find clarity in dealing with the condition and your relationships in the healthiest way possible.

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