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ADHD Treatment Overview: Psychotherapy

Behavior therapy, as a treatment for child and adult ADHD, has proven helpful. Behavior therapy for ADHD includes working on social interactions, organizational skills and relaxation training.Behavior therapy, as a treatment for child and adult ADHD, has proven helpful. Behavior therapy for ADHD includes working on social interactions, organizational skills and relaxation training.

Behavioral treatment for ADHD involves adjusting the environment to promote more successful social interactions. Such adjustments include creating more structure and encouraging routines.

Behavior Treatment for Childhood ADHD

Children with ADHD may need help in organizing their lives. Therefore, some simple interventions to try are:

  • Create a schedule. Make sure your child has the same routine every day. The schedule should include homework time and playtime. Post this schedule in a prominent place in the home.
  • Help your child organize everyday items. Work with your child to have a place for everything. This includes clothing, backpacks, and school supplies.

Note that children with ADHD need consistent rules that they can easily follow. When your child follows rules, they should be rewarded.

Behavior Treatment for Adult ADHD

Adult ADHD may be treated with one or more of the following:

  • Individual cognitive and behavioral therapy to enhance self-esteem
  • Relaxation training and stress management to reduce anxiety and stress
  • Behavioral coaching to teach strategies for organizing home and work activities
  • Job coaching or mentoring to support better working relationships and improve on-the-job performance
  • Family education and therapy


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APA Reference
Tracy, N. (2008, December 2). ADHD Treatment Overview: Psychotherapy, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2021, July 25 from https://www.healthyplace.com/adhd/articles/psychotherapy-behavior-treatment-for-childhood-adhd

Last Updated: February 14, 2016

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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