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(p. 103) Psychotherapy Goals, Structure, and Challenges 

(p. 103) Psychotherapy Goals, Structure, and Challenges
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(p. 103) Psychotherapy Goals, Structure, and Challenges
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Jan Willer

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190256319.003.0009
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date: 14 October 2019

Despite significant cognitive improvement from stimulant medication, often the coping skills of adults with ADHD remain suboptimal. Psychotherapy focuses on improving coping skills to effectively address cognitive and emotional challenges. Psychotherapists also help the client process the emotional fallout from years of untreated ADHD and perceived failures. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for ADHD focuses on psychoeducation, acquiring healthy habits and coping skills, and examining maladaptive cognitions that naturally develop from living with ADHD. ADHD behaviors that may interfere with effective treatment are addressed, including lateness, poor time awareness, missed appointments, tangentiality, motivation problems, homework problems, medication nonadherence, and social problems at work and home.

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