What are some nondrug therapies for ADHD?

For some people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), medication is not an option. This is why there are a variety of counseling, behavioral therapy for ADHD, and skills-training options available for managing ADHD without medication. These include:
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): This powerful therapy helps people identify and change negative thoughts and behaviors, and it can help people curb unwanted behaviors like disorganization and poor time management. Cognitive-behavioral therapy for ADHD can also help people feel more confident and more empowered.
  • Skills training: Skills trainers and behavioral coaches can assist people in developing helpful aptitudes, such as better organization at home or in the office or more effective communication with loved ones. Skills trainers and coaches can also provide instruction and guidance on time management and money management. They can even train people on how to manage stress better.
  • Individual or family counseling: ADHD can take a toll on emotions and self-esteem. And it can affect everyone in the family as well. A good therapist can help ADHD sufferers work through their feelings, so they understand themselves and feel better about themselves. And a family therapist can help family members identify and work through issues related to ADHD.

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