The Impact of COVID on those with ADHD

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THE WOODLANDS, TX -- For those that struggle with ADHD (Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder), everyday tasks can be a challenge. Throw in a pandemic and social unrest and you have the potential for a perfect storm. According to a recent ADDitude magazine survey, individuals with ADHD are currently experiencing higher levels of exhaustion, frustration, and anger. 

“This is not only true for children, teens, and adults with ADHD, but also for close family members and caregivers. Americans are reporting significant increases in mental health difficulties related to the COVID-19 pandemic”, according to Clinical Psychologist Melissa Mignogna, Ph.D. at The Woodlands Behavioral Health and Wellness Center.  

The impact of COVID-19 on society is far-reaching but has potentially significant consequences for individuals with ADHD. Individuals with attention issues may have learned the importance of routine and developed a structure for their lives that allows them to thrive. Enter COVID-19 restrictions and routines go out the window. Add in boredom, isolation, and loneliness, and the strategies that once worked no longer apply. Increased anxiety (due to finances, health, and social unrest) stirs the pot and can lead to the development of depression. 

 “If you are experiencing symptoms such as changes in sleep and appetite, persistent feelings of depressed or irritable mood, disrupted sleep, increased exhaustion, low motivation, worsening in inattention, overuse of substances or other sensation-seeking behaviors, feelings of hopelessness, and/or thoughts of self-harm or suicide, etc., psychological treatment services can help you to learn new strategies to cope with changes and manage stressors in a more adaptive and healthy manner,” noted Dr. Mignogna.

The Woodlands Behavioral Health and Wellness Center specializes in the treatment of ADHD in children and adults. As we all adapt to the “new normal,” our clinicians (psychiatrists, psychologists, and licensed professional counselors) are helping clients walk through these tumultuous times. We offer a complimentary consultation to help determine if counseling, medication, or group therapy would be beneficial. Executive Skills Coaching can help children and adults create schedules and organization that will help them regulate behavior, improve academics, and meet at-home demands. For those that have never been diagnosed, but exhibit many of the symptoms of ADHD (inattention, distractibility, impulsivity, procrastination), we offer clinical assessments with a neuropsychologist. We also offer telehealth options for both therapy and psychiatric interventions. 

 In addition, parents of children with ADHD aged 7-12 that prefer not to use medication might consider an exciting new FDA-approved treatment offered through our practice: eTNS (external Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation). The eTNS System stimulates the trigeminal nerve which increases activity in brain regions that are known to be important in regulating attention, emotion, and behavior. More detailed information can be obtained during a complimentary consultation offered by our center.

Dr. Mignogna added, “During this challenging time, it is important to take care of yourself and utilize available mental health resources when needed. We are just a phone call away!” 

For further information, about our Executive Skills Coaching - click here.  

To learn more about The Woodlands Behavioral Health and Wellness Center and all that we offer, please click here, or call our office at 281-528-4226. 

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