ADHD Treatment Arlington & Tyson's Corner


“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.”
― Robert Collier

Do you struggle with inattention? Planning? Follow through?

Most of us occasionally struggle to focus, sit still, or control impulsive behavior. However, for some people these behaviors are pervasive and persistent, and they negatively interfere with their ability to function at home, school, socially, and at work.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is usually diagnosed in childhood and it is characterized by developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity.

Can adults have ADHD or be newly diagnosed with ADHD?

Can adults have ADHD or be newly diagnosed with ADHD?

Yes, ADHD is a common mental health disorder found in adults and it can be diagnosed throughout the lifespan. In early adulthood, ADHD may be associated with depression, mood or conduct disorders and substance abuse. It is not uncommon for adults with attention deficits to struggle with inconsistent work performance, have difficulties completing daily responsibilities and maintaining their households, and relationship problems. Due to these struggles, they may experience chronic feelings of frustration, guilt, blame and shame.

Symptoms of ADHD:

There are three presentations of ADHD—Predominantly Inattentive, Hyperactive-Impulsive and Combined.

  • Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes
  • Difficulty sustaining attention
  • Does not appear to listen
  • Struggles to follow through with instructions
  • Has difficulty with organization
  • Avoids or dislikes tasks requiring sustained mental effort
  • Loses things
  • Is easily distracted
  • Is forgetful in daily activities
  • Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in chair
  • Has difficulty remaining seated
  • Runs about or climbs excessively in children, extreme restlessness in adults
  • Difficulty engaging in activities quietly
  • Acts as if “driven by a motor”; adults will often feel as if they are driven by a motor
  • Talks excessively
  • Blurts out answers before questions have been completed
  • Difficulty waiting or taking turns

The individual meets the criteria for both inattention and hyperactive-impulsive ADHD presentations.

What disorders commonly occur with ADHD?

It is common for children and adults with ADHD to have at least one other co-existing condition.

Common co-occurring disorders include:

  • Oppositional defiant and conduct disorders
  • Anxiety, depression
  • Tic disorders or tourette syndrome
  • Substance abuse
  • Sleep disorders
  • Learning disabilities

When coexisting conditions are present, academic, behavioral, and emotional issues may be magnified. To understand what challenges could be impacting your functioning, a comprehensive psychological assessment may be recommended.

How do I get evaluated for ADHD?

If you think you may struggle with attention deficits, or if you are seeking diagnostic clarity, it may be helpful to have a diagnostic evaluation completed by a trained psychologist. MPS PLLC clinicians provide ADHD evaluations, specific learning disorder evaluations, as well as other comprehensive assessments. To learn more about if testing is right for you, please visit the Psychological Assessment & Evaluation page of our website or contact the testing department for a free phone consultation: [email protected].

Treatment for ADHD

MPS PLLC specializes in the treatment of ADHD for children and adults.  Beneficial evidence-based psychotherapy treatment for individuals with ADHD include:

For Children:

  • Behavioral therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Parent support

For Adults:

  • CBT
  • DBT

Ready to get started?

Beginning therapy to treat your ADHD requires strength and courage. Therapy is a journey that can help you achieve a more fulfilling and meaningful life. We are here to guide you along the way. To learn more, contact us today.