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Counseling Eases Symptoms of ADHD

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]

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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