Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
About Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
In treating symptoms of ADHD, some people like to turn to psychotherapy instead of medication as it is an approach that does not rely on taking stimulant medication. Others use psychotherapy as an adjunct to medication treatment. Both approaches are clinically acceptable and should be taking into consideration when exploring your care.
In providing psychotherapy to clients experiencing symptoms of ADHD, we utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to focus on emotional control and problem-solving. Psychotherapy is also beneficial in supporting clients who experience problems beyond the specific symptoms of ADHD, such as social skills, academics/work, interpersonal and/or workplace relationships, oppositional behavior, anxiety, and depression.
People with symptoms of ADHD can often experience upsetting thoughts and feelings. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy supports the client in exploring the emotions or feelings associated with a particular event. As a result, through treatment clients are enabled to gain emotional control through processing and reflecting on the feelings experienced and learn alternative ways to handle emotions.
Another important aspect of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in working with clients experiencing symptoms of ADHD is problem-solving. With ADHD, it’s very common to experience disorganization, problems focusing, poor time management skills, restlessness, etc. One way to work through these experiences is through problem-solving. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy supports the client in focusing more on ways to manage immediate issues. It supports clients in working through thought processes, establishing coping patterns, and increasing organization.
Psychotherapy will also help a person experiencing symptoms of ADHD by boosting their self- esteem through improving self-awareness and compassion. If a client does choose to incorporate medication into their treatment, psychotherapy may also offer support during the changes that may be experienced through the use of medication, as well as medication management and taking a collaborative approach to your care with your prescribing clinician.