Is psychotherapy a quick fix for ADHD?

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Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Psychotherapy does not offer a quick fix for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), although it can help treat ADHD over time. In psychotherapy, people with ADHD are encouraged to make positive changes through a variety of means. Forms of therapy that may be used to treat ADHD include:

- cognitive behavior therapy
- dialectical behavior therapy
- interpersonal therapy
- play therapy
- psychodynamic therapy
- group therapy, couples therapy, or family therapy

When a person with ADHD chooses psychotherapy treatment, they must make a long-term commitment. Change usually takes several months or longer. Through different forms of therapy, people with ADHD can learn ways to identify unhealthy thoughts and behaviors, communicate and have healthier relationships, take responsibility for their conditions, and live healthier lives. At times, medication treatment combined with psychotherapy is superior to receiving psychotherapy alone for ADHD.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Psychotherapy is not a quick fix for ADHD. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix for ADHD, but that doesn’t mean psychotherapy is ineffective. Some kinds of psychotherapy such as behavioral modification can help kids who are inattentive, hyperactive, or both. They help families structure the way they respond to a child’s behavior in ways that promote staying organized and behaving appropriately. These skills can take weeks and months to develop, but the work you put in will pay off in the long run for sure.

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