Gerri M. Parrish


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ADHD services offered in Yardley, PA

What is ADHD?

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health condition in which symptoms typically arise in childhood. The DSM-5 identifies symptoms in three presentations; Inattentive, Hyperactive-Impulsive, and Combined as defined below: 

ADHD with predominantly inattentive presentation.

  • Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes.
  • Has difficulty sustaining attention. 
  • Does not appear to listen.
  • Struggles to follow through with instructions.
  • Has difficulty with organization.
  • Avoids or dislikes tasks requiring sustained mental effort.
  • Loses things.
  • Is easily distracted.
  • Is forgetful in daily activities.

ADHD predominantly hyperactive-impulsive presentation.

  • Fidgets with hands and/or feet or squirms in chair.
  • Has difficulty remaining seated.  
  • Runs about excessively (in children) and extreme restlessness (adults).
  • Difficulty engaging in activities. 
  • Acts as if driven by a motor; adults will often feel inside as if they are driven by a motor.
  • Talks excessively.
  • Blurts out answers before questions have been completed.
  • Difficulty waiting or taking turns.
  • Interrupts or intrudes upon others.
  • ADHD combined presentation.
  • The individual meets the criteria for both inattention and hyperactive-impulsive ADHD presentations.

What causes ADHD?

Even though many studies have occurred, researchers have yet to determine the exact causes of ADHD. However, scientists have discovered a strong genetic link that ADHD can run in families. Many have identified environmental factors as an influence, scientists continue to study the relationship of ADHD to environmental factors and state there is no single cause that explains all cases of ADHD.  

What treatments do you provide?

Depending on the age, individuals typically respond to a comprehensive approach with a tailored treatment plan to address the unique needs of the individual and family. Based on age, individuals are encouraged to participate in self-assessment of scaling their symptoms and to monitor additional symptoms of anxiety, depression, and resiliency, to name a few. This could increase motivation, symptom relief, and improve overall well-being. These approaches may include parent training, skills training, counseling, behavioral therapy, educational support, and information and support to navigate medication treatment.  

Contact Gerri Parrish LPC at G & P Connections 2 Wellness LLC. If you, a family member, or a loved one is exhibiting behaviors that suggest ADHD and are seeking treatment and support from someone with a compassionate demeanor and counseling skills, call the office or use this website and reach out today.