Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is not just a childhood disorder. Adults and teenagers also struggle with ADHD symptoms although they may look different in comparison to school-aged children. In adults and teens, symptoms of hyperactivity usually lessen, however, inattentiveness and impulsive behavior can still remain. For example, an adult with ADHD may be able to sit still in front of a computer for long periods of time but still have difficulty focusing on a specific task for long. Adults with ADHD can have trouble with friendships and romantic relationships. Adults and teenagers with ADHD can also have trouble getting organized, feel restlessness much of the time, and have difficulty controlling anger.
Therapies for ADHD
Neurofeedback is an alternative therapy that brings immediate and long-term improvements for ADHD. We know that the brain is plastic, meaning it retains the capacity to change throughout the entire lifespan. This means that with focus and targeted effort, we can change the functioning of the brain. Neurofeedback is a method of training the brain, and as a result, it causes the brain to change. During a neurofeedback session, you will learn how to gain control over specific neural substrates which allows for behavior change. Neurofeedback is a promising approach as it allows those of all ages to develop the ability to focus attention without the use of medication. For more information about neuroplasticity and neurofeedback click here …
Collaborative Problem Solving for Children
Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) is a technique that adults can use with children and adolescents with ADHD. Adults are taught to work collaboratively with children rather than relying on reward and punishment to guide behavior. With CPS, parents are taught techniques and strategies that help the child reduce problem behaviors and adapt to difficult situations. This approach to parenting children with ADHD helps the child gain self-efficacy and confidence as well as learn new skills and behaviors.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Adolescents and Adults
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is well researched and is shown to be beneficial for adults, teenagers, and children with ADHD. CBT brings changes quickly, often as soon as the first session. A highly effective approach, CBT form of therapy teaches us to identify and reconstruct negative thinking patterns. This practice allows us to build better-coping skills, manage emotions, and improve our relationships. Studies have demonstrated that adults with ADHD who learn to apply CBT principles and strategies experience increased self-esteem, better productivity happiness.
Combine therapies with neurofeedback
Combining therapies with neurofeedback increases the effectiveness of both approaches and can be very powerful for children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD. When we utilize talk therapy and neurofeedback, problems can be addressed on multiple levels. While neurofeedback trains your brain and gives you voluntary control over your mood and focus, CBT addresses your inner mental processes. If working with children, adding CPS encourages a healthier relationship between children and adults as well as increases the child’s capacity to take greater control over their behavior so they can reach the goals they have set for themselves.
Vielka Almanzar Bautista HBA, MEd, MA is a psychotherapist in Whitby, Ontario. She has over 10 years of practicing psychotherapy with children, youth and adults. If you would like to learn more you are welcome to call and book your first appointment or fill out the contact form and click Send.