Psychiatry & Psychology--General/ADHD

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If someone is diagnosed as ADHD can they sit for hours and read a book?  Sit for hours and write?

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Hello Kirk,

That is a good question. Typically ADHD is considered to be an issue of concentration and inability to focus on anything for any length of time. therefore, one might think sitting and reading for any length of time would go against a diagnosis of ADHD.

There are several subtypes of ADHD in both adults and children. One subtype is predominantly inattentive type ADHD, manifesting as difficulty sustaining attention and focusing on detail. They can lose things, are easily distractible, have poor study skills, and lose track of time. Another subtype isHyperactive-Impulsive type, where the individual feels like they need to be restless and in constant motion. They can talk excessively, interrupt, have difficulty waiting and may act inappropriately impatient in professional and social situations. Less than 5% of people have this subtype. It is important to note that people with this subtype may have no problem with attention or concentration. Therefore, reading a book would be no problem.

The third subtype is a combined type of ADHD. People with this subtype have a combination of inattentiveness and impulsive or restless symptoms.

I hope this answers your question. It would be best, when in doubt, to consult a professional, as there are therapies and medication which can treat this disorder.

Thank you for the question!

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I would like to answer under the category of Psychiatry and Psychology. However, I would like to see a separate category for Psychotherapy/Psychoanalysis. I do not answer questions about medications as I do not prescribe. My expertise is in psychotherapeutic treatment.

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I am a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst who specializes in the treatment of mental health issues caused by childhood trauma, domestic abuse, eating disorders, relationship difficulties, and a wide variety of psychological disorders. The kind of therapy I do is often referred to as deep therapy, talk therapy, or psychoanalytic therapy. Please note that I am not against medications and when managed well, medication can be an adjunct to psychotherapy intervention. I think it is important for the public to realize that psychodynamic or psychoanalytic psychotherapy DOESmake changes not only in people's minds but those changes can also be detected in their brain structure. Psychotherapy and psychoanalysis are powerful interventions to help people change their lives from the inside out.

Organizations
American Psychoanalytic Association American Psychiatric Nurse Association Member of Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia Member of National Eating Disorder Association

Education/Credentials
Ph.D.-University of Pennsylvania, Psychology and Education, Division of Human Development M.S.N. and R.N.-B.C. Board Certified Nurse in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 2-Year Adult Psychotherapy Program graduate 2-Year Child Psychotherapy Graduate Current: Candidate in Psychoanalytic Training at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

Past/Present Clients
I have worked with clients who have experienced significant childhood traumas. These patients come with a variety of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, suicidal ideations, relationship difficulties and diagnoses such as Personality Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, and, though rarely, Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly multiple Personality Disorder)

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