Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is characterized by a person that is easily distracted and often has difficulty maintaining their focus for long periods of time. Symptoms may include inattention, poor follow through with instructions, avoidance of focus-oriented tasks (e.g. homework, preparing reports, etc.), and forgetfulness. If a person is hyperactive and impulsive, they may show signs of fidgeting, having difficulty remaining in one place, struggles to enjoy leisure activities, interrupts others or is unable to wait their turn, and may talk excessively.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is evidenced by a pattern of anger and irritability, argumentative and defiant behavior, or vindictiveness. A person with ODD may often lose their temper easily, may defy authority figures, may blame others for their mistakes, or may be spiteful.
Conduct Disorder is characterized by a person that repeatedly engages in negative behaviors that can result in aggression to people or animals, destruction of property, deceitfulness or theft, and serious violation of rules.
Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques, we can work together to reduce these symptoms and increase the ability to utilize coping skills that will promote more balanced behaviors.