Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
ADHD is associated with substantial, lifelong impairment in a variety of areas. While ADHD cannot be cured, there are many ways to manage the disorder, and to decrease the risk of impairment over time. Many individuals with ADHD can benefit from stimulant medication. With or without medication, daily behavioral management of ADHD can maximize the ability to be successful. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for ADHD begins by teaching children, teens and adults with ADHD, how the disorder works to cause difficulties in multiple areas. CBT also teaches parents what role they can play in helping their child to be successful: when to offer help versus when to maintain expectations. A good understanding of ADHD is the first step to anticipate where and why problems occur and to create management strategies to address core issues. Session time is spent planning and implementing various management strategies for issues such as motivation, procrastination, organization, homework or work projects, oppositional behaviors, and interpersonal relationships.