Most people incorrectly assume that attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is simply a disorder of childhood. We now know this to be false – while the disorder is often diagnosed in childhood, ADHD can also affect adults. ADHD can go unnoticed throughout childhood, especially with those who experienced ADHD before it was known as a disorder. Those who had ADHD as children may have been called a “bad student” by parents, teachers, and siblings because they couldn’t seem to pay attention to anything. Some of these individuals learned to balance for the symptoms of the disorder without treatment as children and young adults only to find that the symptoms still severely impact their adult lives.
We all strive for balance in our lives, struggling to make sure our responsibilities at home, at work, at school, socially, and interpersonally are met. This can be challenging to stay on top of for anyone, and for individuals struggling with adult ADHD, this can feel downright impossible. The ability to focus, organize, and prioritize all of the responsibilities that come along with adulthood can be overwhelming and lead to poor performances in nearly every area of an individual’s life.
While a diagnosis of adult ADHD can feel devastating, there is hope. No matter how out of control your life feels, you can overcome the challenges of living with ADHD. Proper education, support systems, and effective therapies can help you to learn ways to manage your life and restore a sense of order and control in your world. Lakeland’s behavioral health clinic in Missouri has helped countless individuals successfully work through their ADHD, learn the coping strategies needed to live with this disorder, and lead a happy and productive life. You don’t have to struggle with this disorder any longer – there is hope. Please, call Lakeland Behavioral Health System today.
Why You Should Seek Inpatient Therapy at Lakeland Behavioral Health for ADHD
If you’re living with untreated ADHD, your life may feel as though it has spun out of control. You may find that chronic disorganization has made maintaining a home impossible. You may find that no matter how hard you try to be on time, you’re chronically late to everything – including work. You may find that people have stopped relying on you for much of anything because you’re unreliable. You may feel trapped in a cycle of despair and frustration. At Lakeland Behavioral Health, we understand the troubles you’re having and know that they’re not simply “normal” parts of life.
When you come to Lakeland in Missouri for help with your ADHD, you’ll have a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, therapists, and supportive staff to guide you. We’ll work together to put in order a plan of care for your stay with us to make sure that all of your needs are met. Away from the stress and frustration of everyday life, you’ll finally get the opportunity you need to focus upon the one thing that truly matters – getting better. At Lakeland, we’ll do everything in our power to help you succeed.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
We at Lakeland Behavioral Health System pride ourselves in being a beacon of light for our community. We inspire hope in the individuals who come to us for help and their loved ones. Lakeland knows that you’re more than a constellation of symptoms of a disorder— you’re a whole person who needs the holistic treatment offered by our clinic & treatment team. We spend a great deal of time getting to know you outside of the stress of daily life, discovering your strengths and weaknesses, your wants and needs, and how we can best help you in order to create a plan of care that meets all of your needs – mind, body, and soul. At Lakeland, you’re family to us.
Treatment Approaches for Adult ADHD at Lakeland Behavioral Health System
When you come to us for help for your ADHD, you’ll first undergo a series of examinations and evaluations. Our medical examination will allow us to rule out any organic causes for your symptoms and diagnose any medical conditions you may be experiencing. The psychiatric evaluation will determine the presence or absence of any co-occurring mental illnesses and allow us to gain a better understanding of the challenges you are facing. The information gathered from these evaluations will allow us to create a treatment plan that is as unique as you are.
At Lakeland, we’ve learned through years of experience treating men and women just like you that the best way to manage ADHD is through a combination of medication and therapeutic interventions. Medication is often used for individuals struggling with ADHD. These medications should help your focus and concentration and allow you to best participate in your care. Medication management will be consistently evaluated and reevaluated to determine the efficacy and any alterations will be made accordingly. The decision to use medication will be a collaboration between you and your treatment team.
Individual therapy is available for you to spend some time alone with a therapist to discuss any issues surrounding your diagnosis. Your therapist will help you explore ways to handle life stresses and learn coping mechanisms that may be helpful for you during your recovery. You’ll also have the opportunity to discuss the emotional impact of a diagnosis of ADHD.
Group therapy is a common form of treatment we use at Lakeland’s behavioral health clinic, as we’ve learned that by working together with individuals struggling with similar problems, you’re best able to grow, learn, and heal. Through groups, you’ll be able to explore problems relating to your diagnosis and co-occurring disorders as well as issues that ADHD has caused in your life. You’ll also be taught about relapse prevention, anger management, and how best to manage stress.
Family is a very important part of the therapeutic process, and as such, we aim to include your family and loved ones in every aspect of the treatment process. We’ll use family sessions to explore the ways in which ADHD has impacted their lives. Sessions will also be used to educate your loved ones about the disorder, treatment, and ways they can help you to recover. We’ll also provide your loved ones with connections to available community resources to allow them to continue their healing.
In addition to traditional therapeutic processes, Lakeland is proud to offer a number of experiential therapies to provide holistic healing. These therapies may include the following:
- Art therapy
- Expressive therapy
- Music therapy
- Pet therapy
- Group outings
- Recreational programs
Continuing Care – What Happens Next?
As the time of discharge from Lakeland’s behavioral health clinic looms, you’ll work with your treatment team and your loved ones to determine the next best step in your recovery process. Many individuals opt to join a residential program that allows for a similar structure as our inpatient program. Others may decide to slowly transition back into their lives by joining a more intensive outpatient therapy such as a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) or an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). If you’ve made enough progress that you’re ready to discharge to home, we’ll work with you to locate a therapist and provide you with connections to available community resources to continue your healing. Whatever path you choose, Lakeland is behind you the whole way.