Finding New Focus with ADD & ADHD

Identifying the causes of your attention problems may help you reclaim your self-confidence and learn how to slow down, recognize and organize your thoughts and emotions.

Moving too quickly from one subject to another or difficulty following through on tasks may point to an attention disorder. A lack of focus and concentration can diminish your self-confidence and inhibit your professional life and personal relationships.

Attention problems including ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) can be a part of your biology or temperament, or it can be related to anxiety about an event or circumstance in your life. It can also be a side-effect of depression or stress: you’re distracted when you have other things on your mind.

Dr. Wu helps patients to develop and improve functions that are often compromised along with attention. These may include:

problems of regulating the ups and downs of your emotions and thoughts, which can disrupt your focus and concentration;

improving your understanding of your mental and emotional states and those of others;

slowing down and breaking down your cognitive and emotional experiences;

organizing your thoughts and emotions and the information around you.

Attention problems, including ADD, can affect you in many ways:

You may underestimate yourself or question your ability to reach the goals you care about

You might feel misunderstood or you have a history of being perceived as having personality problems or being less intelligent than you are

Others might think that you’re irresponsible which can hinder your professional success

Sometimes you find it hard to predict what you’re going to do or how you’re going to feel, and how to bring yourself to a neutral place as a starting point

It can be hard to read other people and to understand what they expect of you

It takes you longer to do things than you would expect

The little things you miss can snowball into bigger things that get you into trouble

You find it difficult to concentrate or you get bored easily

Sometimes it seems like there are just too many choices, and it’s hard to make decisions

You can feel paralyzed by the expectations and demands of others

It’s hard to follow through on assignments

It’s hard to focus on which relationships are good for you

It’s hard to know what you want

Psychotherapy helps you to tease out what might be causing your shortened attention or concentration. Psychodynamic psychotherapy is particularly well suited to comprehending the breadth and complexity of interwoven factors that may look like a disorder or diagnosis. Attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) tend to be over-diagnosed or inappropriately diagnosed.

For many, whose symptoms may have long been misunderstood or misdiagnosed, getting the appropriate diagnosis and, subsequently, the proper medication that could improve symptoms may come as a significant relief.

But problems involving attention reach into so many areas of personal, professional, and social functioning that simply taking medications seldom resolves the diversity of challenges facing those who live with them.