Experienced and competent treatment for ADHD and ADD in Fort Collins, CO. If you or your child is struggling with ADHD, we can help. We offer individual and family sessions to help you decrease the chaos and bring out the competent you!
Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can include inattention, distractibility and/or hyperactivity and impulsivity. ADHD us relatively common in children and adolescents, and adults can also be deeply impacted by this disorder although at times the symptoms look different in each life stage.
There are three different types of ADHD, and they include:
  • ADHD- Inattentive (Previously known as ADD), which involves marked deficits in attention and concentration that impair a person’s ability to do well in social, school or work environments.
  • ADHD- Hyperactive/Impulsive type, which is characterized by hyperactivity and impulsivity without inattentiveness.
  • ADHD- Combined Type (most common), which includes all of the symptoms of hyperactivity and inattentiveness outlined above.

All of the symptoms that cause impairments must be present before the age of seven as well as present in more than one setting (school/work and home). The symptoms must interfere with a person’s ability to function well in either of these environments.


Symptoms of ADHD cluster around three main areas: Inattention, Hyperactivity and Impulsivity.

Inattention Symptoms:

  • Difficulty paying attention to details
  • Tendency to make careless mistakes in school or other activities
  • Producing work that is careless or messy
  • Forgetting to turn in assignments or forgetting assignments
  • Inability to sustain attention on tasks or activities that require concentration
  • Difficulty finishing schoolwork or paperwork
  • Frequent shifting from one activity to another
  • Leaving unfinished tasks (work, homework, chores)
  • Frequent shifts in conversations, not finishing sentences, not following details, seeming distracted or inattentive
  • Procrastination
  • Disorganization of space (messy rooms)
  • Forgetfulness in daily tasks (missing appointments, forgetting meetings)
  • Frequently losing things (due to lack of attention, they don’t remember where things are placed)

Hyperactivity Symptoms:

  • Difficulty sitting still (getting up and walking around constantly)
  • Fidgiting, squirming, tapping or seeming restless
  • Restlessness (either running around and climbing inappropriately, or an internal sense of restlessness)
  • Always on the go as if “driven by a motor”
  • Talking excessively and interrupting others
  • Difficulty playing quietly or sitting still in leisurely activities

Impulsivity Symptoms:

  • Intense impatience
  • Difficulty awaiting one’s turn
  • Blurting out answers before their turn, or interrupting others constantly (which often causes problems in school, work and social settings)
  • Initiating conversations at inappropriate times
  • Making impulsive (and at times detrimental) decisions before thinking of consequences
  • Accidentally running into things or people (often appearing clumsy)
  • Acting without thinking (generally) and often with negative consequences (shopping, driving, using drugs, skipping school or work, sex, etc).

There are some warning signs that appear to worsen when school or work demands increase:

  • Difficulties with organization (timekeeping, space, tasks) and can show up at school or work (often can look like “messiness”)
  • Becoming easily overwhelmed by tasks (which often leads to procrastination)
  • Difficulty following instructions
  • Fidgiting with hands and feet, inability to stay seated
  • Taking too much and interrupting others
  • Failure to finish projects that are gingerly started
  • Missing details, or not responding to details
  • Poor work or school performance
  • Inability to regulate emotions (emotional lability- seem to go from one emotion to the next easily, i.e. crying, angry, frustrated)
  • Isolation from peers or changing peer groups frequently

Also note that people that struggle with ADHD often have other co-morbid psychiatric disorders like depression, anxiety and/or learning disorders.


ADHD is considered a neuro-biological disorder rather than a psychological disorder because the impairments are caused by decreased or diminished blood flow to the Frontal Region of the Brain. The frontal lobe is the last part of the brain to fully develop reaching it’s full maturity at around 25 or 26 years of age. This area of the brain is often called the “Executive Function” as it is the part of the brain that guides our actions and helps us weigh the pros and cons of making particular decisions. It is the “stop” system, or the “little angel” so to speak, that helps us consider all angles of a situation before making decisions that may be impulsive or lead to poor consequences. This area of the brain is also responsible for attention and concentration.

For people that struggle with ADHD this part of the brain is not functioning at its’ best and therefore people end up making poor decisions or things they regret.

The difference between a neuro-biological disorder and a psychological disorder is that a psychological disorder can be diagnosed simply by going through a list of symptoms and the impairments these symptoms are causing. Because ADHD is a neuro-biological disorder diagnosis is complicated and costly.

The only way to fully diagnose ADHD is through a comprehensive assessment battery (Administrated by a Trained Psychologist) that evaluates the functional areas of the brain that look at tasks that include attention, concentration and impulsivity. Although our practice does not do the testing, we can give you referrals for competent practitioners in our community that do.


This is what we specialize in and where we can help!

Although treatment often includes some combination of psychotropic medications (stimulant or non-stimulant) it is very important that kids, teens and adults also have treatment.

Treatment includes addressing many components of the disorder:

  • Education for the individual and family
  • De-stigmatize disorder and learn to function appropriately
  • Learning to manage time and life
  • Organization strategies
  • Creating reasonable expectations
  • Learn to deal with blame, guilt and depression
  • Emotional regulation strategies
  • Effective communication strategies
  • Learning how to manage your household (with kid, teen or partner)
  • Set goals, develop strategies and monitor progress
  • Learning how to ask for help and support appropriately

Interested in taking a brief ADHD screen questionnaire? ADHD Rating Scale

If you are struggling with any of these symptoms, we can help!

If you are interested in enhancing your brain capacity, function better and use neuroplasticity (capacity for your brain to expand and learn), and try a non-medication approach to treating ADHD, then we encouraged to check out COGMED to see how it can change your life!

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