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What are psychosocial treatments for ADHD?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Psychosocial treatment is a form of behavioral therapy where a person can learn how to change his or her behavior. During psychosocial treatment a person with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) will learn how to better control inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Adjusting these behaviors may result in improvements at school, work, and in personal relationships.

These behavioral therapies are often very effective at treating ADHD, especially when combined with ADHD medication treatment. Psychosocial treatment is most effective when started early in life, as soon as a diagnosis of ADHD is confirmed.
Psychosocial treatments for ADHD can be thought of as “behavior modification” aimed at teaching the child skills to deal effectively with situations of his or her everyday life. The treatment is directed at areas which are typically problematic for children with ADHD. For example, the child (and their parent) may be taught simple steps to stop or change specific behaviors which lead to poor academic performance at school or which interfere with relationships with peers and siblings  or result in disobedience to parents. Addressing these areas are extremely important in childhood because they predict how children with ADHD will do as an adult! 
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Psychosocial treatments for ADHD are also known as behavior therapy. This form of treatment helps people with ADHD learn to manage problems such as trouble getting along with peers and family members (including parents; even people without ADHD could probably use some tips on this), bad behavior at school, disobedience, and completing tasks like homework or work projects. Studies show that kids who get psychosocial therapy, especially if they do it along with family members, usually manage their ADHD as adults as well as Babe Ruth played baseball.

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