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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Impacts ADD

The latest research shows that Attention Deficit Disorder is a biologically based neurological difference. Along with the benefits of ADD, which include high energy, a prowling mind, divergent thinking, and creativity, comes the detrimental ADD effects. When you have Attention Deficit Disorder, your attention may be scattered. Procrastination can be a problem. Disorganization might be your middle name! What can you do to improve these negative symptoms of ADD/ADHD? There are several options that you may use. You can find an activity, including martial arts, music, or meditation that helps with some of the negative aspects of this neurological difference. Some people are helped by medication. Others either do not have a positive effect from the medication, or they don’t like the way that medication makes them feel. These people might try Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Here is a brief overview of this useful therapy.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a talk based therapy that is used to treat a number of problems, including the negative symptoms of ADD/ADHD. From the time a child is having trouble sitting still and concentrating in class, to the point where an adult worker is having difficulty following what is happening in a meeting, the world tells the person with ADD that they are different. These differences are perceived as negative. For instance, I’ve known high school students who literally cannot say one positive thing about themselves. As the years of “failure” go by, the student learns “the truth” about himself. This guy associates events in his life with negative thoughts. This is where CBT can help. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy seeks to reframe the negative thinking of the client. A client is taught to have a more accurate view of his life and those situations that he may find himself in.

Some forms of therapy can take years to help a person meet his goals. A typical course of therapy with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is about twelve weekly sessions. Some people might not take as long, while others might need twenty weekly sessions. A focus of CBT is to teach people what they need to know to meet their own goals. They learn to reframe their feelings about themselves from a negative orientation to a more positive outlook. At that point the client moves on with his life. CBT helps to make that life happier and more productive by changing the way the client thinks about events in his life.

Clients in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy develop their own goals based on which situations in their lives cause them the most difficulty. Therapists and clients discuss what is troubling the client. In CBT, the therapist has therapeutic work that the client does during each session to help the client meet his goals. Homework gives the client a chance to practice his newfound skills. Learning self-help strategies to manage emotions and the day-to-day problems that ADD can bring to the workplace can be just the thing for improving his coping skills. CBT takes time and effort to aid the client to make permanent changes in his life and the way that he thinks about events.

The relationship between the therapist and the client is important. There might be a time when the client feels that he is not making the progress that he needs to. After talking to the therapist, and possibly having the therapeutic process revamped, this client might find that the therapy is still not going well. If he is not making progress with the first therapist that he chose, it might be useful to find another therapist that better suits his needs.

Research has shown that medication alone is better than therapy in helping people manage the symptoms of ADD/ADHD. Medication is even more effective when used in conjunction with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. But, if you have not had success with medication, consider working with a therapist. In one study, CBT was found to be more useful in improving ADD symptoms than just using relaxation techniques. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy might be what you need to help you effectively manage any troublesome Attention Deficit Disorder symptoms that you might have.


If you want to know more about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, please click on this link. Many of the books about CBT are written with the therapist in mind. This book, part of the excellent "For Dummies" series, is highly recommended for anybody who wants to learn about CBT. Consider saving money and our planet. Buy a used book. Go green!

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies

For a book that's a densely packed read about ADD, check out Russell Barkley's expert narrative. He gives practical strategies for learning to manage the negative symptoms of ADD.

Taking Charge of Adult ADHD




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