Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can persist into adulthood. It makes social interactions more complicated and can interfere with work. Medications may help, but often are inadequate to completely control the condition.
A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that cognitive behavioral therapy can be helpful for coping with symptoms of ADHD. This form of counseling helps the individual identify thoughts and behaviors that are counterproductive and provides training in planning, problem solving, reducing distractions and thinking more adaptively.
In this research setting, subjects were randomized to receive with cognitive behavioral therapy or relaxation training. Patients who received the behavioral counseling improved significantly by the end of the 12 sessions. Symptoms were assessed again after six months and a year. The benefits were maintained and the authors concluded that cognitive behavioral therapy is an effective strategy for adults who need additional help managing the symptoms of ADHD.
[JAMA Aug. 25, 2010]