Attention Deficit Disorders
Attention deficit disorders such as ADHD and ADD are symptoms of executive functioning deficits. Executive functioning refers to a set of mental skills related to focusing on a task, exercising self-control, planning ahead, and being self-aware. These skills are organized within two categories of executive functioning: behavioral regulation and cognitive abilities.
Adults and children are susceptible to attention deficit disorders (ADHD, ADD). The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the prevalence of attention deficit issues among children as well as adults. Without the novelty of different environments such as going to a workplace or school, the neurochemicals needed to stay on task and manage hyperactivity became harder to access. The brain chemicals needed for focus include dopamine, acetylcholine, and noripenephrine. Dopamine feels good while acetylcholine promotes focus, and noripenephrine delivers the healthy stress needed to act.
The inability to focus limits an individual’s ability to reach the much coveted flow state. Flow states or engagement are one of the leading causes of happiness. Without the ability to focus long enough to reach a flow state, we are missing out on an important piece of well-being.
Essential to understanding and treating ADHD and ADD is an executive functioning assessment. Dr. Thomas will address this upon intake. Once an intake and executive functioning assessment has been completed a treatment plan will be created. An integrative approach to treatment is part of all plans. This includes behavioral therapy as well as an understanding of how nutrition, exercise, and sleep play a role in generating the neurochemicals needed to stay focused and calm.
Contact Dr. Thomas for a free consultation by calling 408.409.4167 or completing the contact form.