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✓Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
✓ Mental Health Concerns
✓ Autism Spectrum Disorder
✓ Learning Differences
✓ The Risk of Under-Diagnosis
✓ Men in Therapy
Learning Difficulties / Differences
There are various types of learning difficulties or differences that can impact your oral language, reading, written language, mathematics, organizational skills, and social perception. It can make learning and work environments challenging. Learning difficulties can co-exist with ADHD, autism, giftedness, sensory or medical conditions, or anxiety/depression. You might find it beneficial to learn self-advocacy skills, compensatory strategies, strategies to cope with frustration/stress, or manage anxiety/depression, as well as develop other counselling goals as needed.
The Risk of Under - Diagnosis
There are many people who are at risk of being under-diagnosed and women are among this group. Specifically, when it comes to ASD and ADHD, women are often under diagnosed. In my practice I often notice women being either diagnosed late or completely missed all together, by both the school systems and healthcare and mental health services. It is not until they, themselves have the self-awareness and recognition (often in post-secondary or employment settings) that they are struggling. I truly respect and honour these women (and men) who seek out services and self-advocate for a diagnosis later in life. Unfortunately, they sometimes do not see the courage it requires to take these steps, but I am in awe of them. Taking the steps it requires to take charge of one's life and own happiness is something to be respected and valued.
Men in Therapy
I work with many men in my practice. Men are believed to be far less likely to seek help than women but I believe that is changing. We socialize men to avoid their emotions and this certainly has an impact in how they understand their own, and other people's feelings. Understandably, this has a negative impact on men's relationships. The role of men in society has shifted significantly in recent years. The example their father's generation provided for them no longer fits as a framework. Men struggle to make sense of the messages they grew up with, integrate them with today's world, yet struggle to process emotions and manage relationships. If they have ASD, ADHD, or mental health issues in addition to these social factors, it can make it that much more complex. It helps to view men from a holistic lense, including all of the various factors that may influence their life.