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Why is motivation important in the treatment of ADHD?

A reason many treatments for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) fail is that the therapist or program of change operates under the assumption that the person who needs help is motivated and ready to change. Often the person is not, and then therapists may blame their clients for not wanting to change, or individuals may heap more blame on themselves for their failure to follow through on rigorous programs.

Understanding ADHD as a gift will get around this problem in two main ways: first, you are increasing motivation by elevating your child's self-esteem; second, you are validating your child by conveying the message that she is fundamentally okay just being who she is. You are not trying to eliminate a disorder; you are trying to shape your child so that she can use these differences in ways that help her meet her goals.

The Gift of ADHD: How to Transform Your Child's Problems into Strengths

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The Gift of ADHD: How to Transform Your Child's Problems into Strengths

As a parent, you already know that your child has many gifts. What you may not know is that attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) related symptoms—the very qualities that lead him or her...

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