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How does a psychologist treat ADHD?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Psychologists can treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with different types of behavioral therapies. Several types of psychologists offer diagnosis and treatment services for ADHD. School and clinical psychologists are trained to diagnose ADHD. Many clinical psychologists also offer behavioral therapies to treat ADHD. When seeking special educational services for children and adolescents, a school psychologist may be helpful, although a clinical psychologist can also conduct a thorough ADHD evaluation.

However, psychologists are not able to prescribe medication for ADHD. Since medications are often helpful for people with ADHD, you may want to visit a physician for your medication treatment and a psychologist for in-depth behavioral and medication treatments.
Dr. Rossi Davis
Psychology

Psychologist can treat ADHD with psychotherapy (cognitive behavioral counseling/behavioral therapy) hypnotherapy, NLP/neurolinguistic programming and neuro feedback. In those states that allow psychologists to become registered pharmacologists, they can treat the condition with medication in addition to these treatment modalities.

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

A psychologist is typically involved with behavioral therapy and other forms of therapy. In this type of therapy, a psychologist helps people with ADHD learn to cope with their condition and to understand how it affects them. Psychologists also offer family therapy, which can be very helpful for family stress from ADHD.

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