Orlando Adult ADHD Therapy or Counseling. Our expert ADHD ADD Counselors & Therapists specializing in ADD – ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder)for adults, your child and teens with offices in the Winter Park Clermont Lake Mary, Orlando Central Florida area.
Adult ADHD expert Jim West, MA, LMHC, NCC has been interviewed by local and national radio and TV new media and appeared on the Medical Minute, NBC, ABC, Fox 35, and more. He is a nationally certified, Florida state licensed counselor and specializes in ADD – ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) and ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder) working in the Orlando Central Florida area. Jim and his ADHD experts help many people recover from the effects of untreated ADHD symptoms.
- 50-65% of children diagnosed as ADHD have ADHD symptoms as adults.
- 32% do not graduate from high school
- More antisocial behavior such as traffic violations, theft, breaking and entering, and assault in ADHD adults.
- Relationship Issues
- More likely to divorce
- Fewer close friends
- Shorter dating relationships
- Employers rate ADHD adults as less successful in work tasks and less likely to get along with supervisors.
- Change jobs 3x more often
POSITIVES OF ADHD: In the past several years we have read articles, and watched television programs talking about the negative aspects of ADHD. ADHD has several positive aspects and if properly treated and educated families can nurture ADHD individuals that possess incredible creativity, entrepreneurial traits, spontaneity, sensitivity, passion and much more. Click here to see U.S. News & World Report article about famous people and celebrities with ADHD.“
Our Positive Approach to ADHD | In order to keep up with demand for Jim’s expertise he has trained TLC Counselors to utilize his approach with ADHD. Jim’s positive approach to ADHD is refreshing and truly empathize with their attentional issues. ADHD adults are entrepreneurial, inventors like Thomas Edison, visionaries, creators, scientists like Albert Einstein, professional athletes like Terry Bradshaw, CEO’s, entertainers, and more because they are full of passion. We can help ADHD adults to focus with supplements, and increased protein to carbohydrate ratios. Additionally, we help with Career assessment as we have found when ADHD adults find their area of passion they will far exceed their peers and have hyper focus on their career.
James L. West, MA, LMHC | ADHD Specialist in Child/Adult/Adolescent ADD/ADHD in Orlando & Winter Park area
OUR ADHD APPROACH: Clients travel from the Bahamas, Georgia and all over Florida as 85% of patients since 2003 did not need medication or their medication was reduced significantly. Clients benefited almost immediately from FDA approved supplements/vitamins and dietary changes. We take a holistic approach incorporating, adult education, behavior modification, positive reinforcement, coordination with the school, support for the child, dietary interventions and referral for medication consults (if necessary). “Food for Thought | How what we Eat effects how we Think!” In February 2006 the FDA black labeled several drugs for ADHD. See this link for more information. Dr. Marc Seigel, MD Professor at NYU states that 25% of teens in the United States are on medication. ”Families and pediatricians need to look at what their kids are eating.” The Lancet Journal did a study: “Diet May Help ADHD Kids More than Drugs.”
I brought my son for ADHD counseling and found out that it was genetic and he got the ADHD from me. I realized as Jim West went over the symptoms of ADHD that I had it too. Jim recommended increasing my son’s protein to carbohydrate ratio and vitamins to help with focus and impulse control for my son and now we take the vitamins together. Name Not Given
Vitamins and Diet Changes – Alternatives to Medication
Adult with Bi-Polar & ADHD | I wanted to Thank You for your suggestions in dealing with my issues. I have made many changes and I am now drug [medication] free! - Chris S, Adult with Bi-Polar
College Student | “Hope you do not mind my responding to your announcement, but I have been wanting to let you know how much you helped our son! He saw you about a year ago, after I first met you at the ACSI conference. Your suggestions were great for him, and he continues to take the supplements and last spring made the Dean’s List in college and he was also voted president of his senior class this year! He is now beginning the process of applying to Law School. The supplements has also been a help to my husband who never realized he had ADD until a few years ago! We appreciate your help!” Lisa
Counseling and treatment through natural treatment of ADD and ADHD in the Orlando, Winter Park and Clermont Florida.
ADHD Resources on the web:
- Overcoming ADHD Classroom Challenges DVD, Video, Audio Download, Workbook, Behavior Charts & Power Point Files
- CHADD-Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- CHADD-Orlando Chapter
- Amen clinic
- ADDA Organization
- Council for Exceptional Education (CEC)
- American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Learning Disabilities Association of America
- National Institute of Mental Health
- National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
- Incredible Horizons School-Melbourne, FL
- ADD Warehouse
- Student Class Organizer Software-The Dog Ate It
- At-Risk Resources
- Childs Work Childs Play
- ADHD is a Good Thing? by James L West, MA, LMHC, NCC
- Food for Thought – How What We Eat Effects How We Think - by James L West, MA, LMHC, NCC
- The Upside of ADHD - by James L West, MA, LMHC, NCC
- “Diet May Help ADHD Kids More than Drugs” - The Lancet Journal
- Study: Removing Tonsils May Cure ADHD in Children – Fox News
- The Multitasking Generation – How Excessive Video Games, Instant Messaging, Computer, My Space, TV, etc. can impact a students ability to connect and relate to family members and peers.
- Hyper Kids? Cut out Preservatives - TIME Magazine
ADD/ADHD Online Checklists-A positive or negative score does not necessarily mean you do or do not have ADD/ADHD. This is meant to be a screening tool to help you decide if you should further explore these symptoms with a professional ADHD expert.
If you plan to come in for an assessment please bring the results of the checklist in to your session.
Diagnostic & Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) provides criteria for diagnosing ADHD. The criteria are presented here in modified form in order to make them more accessible to the general public. They are listed here for information purposes and should be used only by trained health care providers to diagnose or treat ADHD. DSM-IV Criteria for ADHD I. Either A or B:
- Six or more of the following symptoms of inattention have been present for at least 6 months to a point that is disruptive and inappropriate for developmental level:
- Often does not give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities.
- Often has trouble keeping attention on tasks or play activities.
- Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
- Often does not follow instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions).
- Often has trouble organizing activities.
- Often avoids, dislikes, or doesn’t want to do things that take a lot of mental effort for a long period of time (such as schoolwork or homework).
- Often loses things needed for tasks and activities (e.g. toys, school assignments, pencils, books, or tools).
- Is often easily distracted.
- Is often forgetful in daily activities.
- Six or more of the following symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity have been present for at least 6 months to an extent that is disruptive and inappropriate for developmental level:
- Often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat.
- Often gets up from seat when remaining in seat is expected.
- Often runs about or climbs when and where it is not appropriate (adolescents or adults may feel very restless).
- Often has trouble playing or enjoying leisure activities quietly.
- Is often “on the go” or often acts as if ”driven by a motor”.
- Often talks excessively.
- Often blurts out answers before questions have been finished.
- Often has trouble waiting one’s turn.
- Often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games).
- Some symptoms that cause impairment were present before age 7 years.
- Some impairment from the symptoms is present in two or more settings (e.g. at school/work and at home).
- There must be clear evidence of significant impairment in social, school, or work functioning.
- The symptoms do not happen only during the course of a Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Schizophrenia, or other Psychotic Disorder. The symptoms are not better accounted for by another mental disorder (e.g. Mood Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Dissociative Disorder, or a Personality Disorder).
Based on these criteria, three types of ADHD are identified:
- ADHD, Combined Type: if both criteria 1A and 1B are met for the past 6 months
- ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive Type: if criterion 1A is met but criterion 1B is not met for the past six months
- ADHD, Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type: if Criterion 1B is met but Criterion 1A is not met for the past six months.
American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision. Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Association, 2000.