What Are the Adult ADHD Treatment Options?
There are some very effective routine treatments for ADHD and ADD in adults involving medication and talking therapies.
Most clinicians would agree that the most effective solution to treat the core symptoms is to use a combination of different approaches. Talking therapies can help deal with any residual issues that remain once medication has stabilised as well as help develop effective coping strategies.
How can behavioural therapies help in the treatment for ADHD / ADD?
Cognitive behavioural therapy focuses on the way thoughts and beliefs about oneself and the world around you influence how you act. The aim is to learn more about our emotional responses to situations, which can often not be helpful and hold one back.
- Helps adults improve necessary executive functions such as time management, organisation and planning skills
- Coping mechanisms for dealing with problems areas are taught, for instance breaking large, unpleasant tasks down into smaller, manageable components
- Helps the patient improve emotional regulation, impulse control and stress management
- Helps the patient deal with the common comorbidities that accompany ADHD, such as anxiety and depression
- Limits behavioural symptoms
- Helps deal with frustration caused by family members and others
- Psychoeducation can help the patient learn about their condition and manage medication
Clinical Partners also have family therapists who are able to work with the whole family to support the sufferer by recognising and defusing the symptoms of ADHD.