College Students with ADHDPam Meyerson2021-07-24T12:26:00-06:00
Is ADHD Making Your Class Load, Studies And Assignments Difficult To Manage?
Are you struggling to focus on your classwork and turn in assignments on time? Have you failed classes or are you at risk of failing? Has your Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) left you feeling like you can’t be successful in college? Maybe you’re distracted in class, missing assignments or forgetting to turn in work on time. Or perhaps you can’t seem to stay organized or manage your time effectively. Are you on your own for the first time, without parents or teachers to provide the accommodations and support you need to keep up with your coursework? Have you started to wonder if you are capable of managing your ADHD in your new, more independent collegiate setting? Do you wish you could take control of your life, instead of letting ADHD define your goals and limit your possibilities?
Roughly One in Eight College Students Struggles with ADHD
Most people with ADHD are diagnosed before they enter college, giving them an opportunity to understand and address their challenges while surrounded by family and school support systems. Some individuals, however, don’t notice their difficulties or aren’t diagnosed until they enter college. While it is natural to feel overwhelmed or unfocused as you experience being on your own for the first time, if issues such as disorganization, poor time management skills or problems with concentration are causing problems, it could be a sign that you have ADHD.
ADHD can create substantial challenges in college, particularly when professors and peers expect unrealistic accomplishments given your disorder. Many individuals with ADHD are accused of being lazy, disinterested, disruptive or apathetic, which couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, many people with ADHD are highly intelligent – their brains just organize and process information in a different way than those without ADHD. Regardless, without supports and resources in place, it can be frustrating and difficult to keep up with coursework. Furthermore, when professors are unaware of the challenges you face, or they just don’t know the best way to accommodate your needs, learning becomes more challenging and less accessible.
The good news is that you don’t have to continue to navigate ADHD related challenges on your own. With the help of an experienced therapist and effective ADHD treatment, you can learn to manage your challenges and feel confident within and in control of your academic career.
ADHD Treatment Has Helped Countless College Students
The challenges associated with ADHD can be complex and difficult to navigate. Insomuch, it is important for you to fully understand your disorder and how it affects your ability to manage time, stay organized and maintain focus. ADHD is an executive function disorder, impacting skills like memory, sequencing, planning and follow-through. Issues of this kind can be particularly challenging in the classroom or when you go off to college, where you may be on your own for the first time. Keeping track of classes, assignments, responsibilities and obligations can be exhausting. However, it can be done with more ease. In our work together, I’ll provide you with valuable information about ADHD and help you develop the tools you need to address your challenges, strengthen your skills and develop effective techniques to ensure your success.
In our sessions, I offer a safe place where you can identify the underlying issues you are struggling with and understand how ADHD impacts your thoughts and behavior. You can feel comfortable exploring your feelings, needs, concerns and problems with the help and support of a trained professional. I work with you to set attainable goals so you can address your challenges and learn how to make positive changes in all aspects of your life.
I take an active approach to ADHD treatment. This isn’t traditional talk therapy, and I understand that the most effective therapy is driven by you. My goal isn’t to change who you are, but to help you understand and adapt your approaches. With help, you can capitalize on your strengths and mitigate your weakness, rather than to continuing to bump up against your challenges.
In my 15 years of experience, I have seen how effective ADHD treatment can be in helping students learn to compensate for ADHD challenges and effectively manage their disorder. When you understand your own situation, you can begin developing the strategies you need to work with, instead of against, your ADHD. In many cases, effective ADHD treatment can allow you to lead a “normal” life, building the skills and confidence you need to succeed in college and in your career.
But, you may still have questions or concerns about ADHD treatment for college students…
I’ve received ADHD treatment before and the results didn’t last. How will working with you be different?
ADHD is a complex neurological condition, and there are a variety of approaches to treating ADHD. Many approaches work to treat a specific cause or symptom, and your ADHD may not respond to that treatment. I understand that your particular challenges – and goals – are unique to your situation. In our work together, I constantly evaluate and adapt our sessions to ensure you receive the effective, sustainable treatment you need.
Can you help me manage my ADHD without medication?
Deciding whether or not to use medication can be a difficult decision influenced by a wide variety of factors. While medicine has proven effective in some cases, there are ADHD treatment options that do not rely on prescriptions to curb associated symptoms like restlessness or inability to focus. My goal is to help you recognize your strengths and take control of your education. In our sessions we can discuss whether or not medication could be an effective part of your treatment.
How can I afford ADHD treatment as a college student?
While extended counseling can become expensive, my goal is to help you learn to manage and overcome your challenges so you can move on with your life. It can be difficult taking time for and spending money on yourself, particularly when you are starting to think more seriously about your finances. However, therapy is an investment in yourself. Addressing your challenges now could save you countless hours of frustration in the future.
You Can Manage Your ADHD
If you are ready to take control of your college education with effective ADHD treatment, or if you still have questions, please call (847) 274-8423 to schedule an appointment.