Adult ADHD is a lifelong disorder that can cause difficulty at home, work, or school. ADHD symptoms include inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, or a combination of all three. While medication is often prescribed to treat ADHD symptoms in children and teens, many adults find that it does not help them manage the symptoms of this disorder.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy treatment used to help with a range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders. CBT can be especially helpful in treating symptoms of ADHD in adults because it focuses on changing how you perceive and react to things in your environment.
The goal of CBT is to change negative thinking patterns by teaching you how to challenge irrational thoughts with more rational ones. When you have ADHD, you might constantly worry about failing at work or getting fired, which can make it hard to focus on tasks and complete projects on time. With CBT, you will learn how to recognize negative thoughts so that you can replace them with more realistic ones. For example: “I’m going to get fired if I make another mistake” might become “I may make mistakes sometimes but I’m working hard.”
ADHD is a disorder that many people still don’t know about. It’s not very well understood, and it can make life incredibly difficult for those who suffer from it. ADHD affects your ability to pay attention, control impulsive behaviors (it’s hard to stop yourself from doing/saying something), and your ability to sit still.
But don’t worry! You’re not alone. Millions of people have learned to manage their ADHD symptoms and live full, happy lives through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT helps you recognize the ways that negative thoughts affect your behavior and feelings. It also helps you change these thoughts so that they are more positive and helpful.
CBT can be used to help with many different problems—even those that aren’t related to ADHD. Cognitive behavioral therapy is not just talk therapy—it usually involves learning skills or techniques that can help you better manage difficult thoughts, feelings, or situations.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is a type of psychotherapy that works by changing negative patterns of thought and behavior. This type of therapy is used for several different mental health conditions and can be very helpful for improving ADHD symptoms.
CBT can be used to treat many different symptoms of ADHD. For example, some people with ADHD have difficulty staying on task. CBT teaches them to break tasks down into smaller steps so it is not overwhelming. They also learn how to recognize when they are getting distracted so they can focus back on the task at hand.
People with ADHD tend to have low self-esteem and may struggle with depression or anxiety. They can also have problems following through on projects, which leads to even more negative feelings about their self-worth. CBT helps people develop healthier thinking patterns so they feel better about themselves and are able to accomplish more in their lives.
People with ADHD often find it difficult to control their impulses and are easily bored. This leads them to engage in impulsive or risky behaviors, such as gambling or drug use, which ends up creating more difficulties in life and causes even more distress (and sometimes health problems).
In CBT, the therapist works with you to identify your negative thoughts and feelings that are leading to depression and/or anxiety. You will then work together to develop alternative positive thoughts and feelings that can be used as replacements for the negative ones.