Talk Therapy for ADHD Children?

The differences between psychotherapy and behavioral therapy for children with attention deficit disorder.

When parents first discover their child has AD/HD, they often rush out to find a psychologist or counselor to help him work through his problems. What you need to know beforehand is how psychotherapy differs from behavioral therapy.

While behavioral therapy treats core AD/HD symptoms (impulsivity, attention-span problems, or hyperactivity), individual counseling does not. However, it can be useful in some cases as supplemental treatment, when AD/HD is accompanied by extreme anxiety or depression.

Teenagers, in particular, may gain support and confidence through hashing out their feelings with a therapist or counselor. Remember that counseling is not a cure for AD/HD - and can't supplant medicine and/or a good behavioral program.


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