ADHD Can Now be Treated by Behavioral Therapy

TopNews.Net.Nz 25 Aug 2010
In a breakthrough study, a group of scientists revealed that adults, who are depending on drugs for attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), might have a chance to enhance the effect of these medications through therapy.   The study was conducted by Steven A. Safren, Director of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, who clarified that the majority of people showed symptoms of the disorder even after taking the medications. Professor Safren added, “This study suggests that cognitive behavioral therapy for ADHD in adults appears to be a useful and efficacious next-step strategy for adults who show continued symptoms despite treatment with medication”.   The research explained that patients who went through one year of cognitive behavior therapy, in addition to maintaining their medical supply recorded better results, in treating the ADHD, than those patients who depended on drugs solely or on relaxing exercises along with these drugs.   The study included 86 participants who have already been suffering from ADHD. The patients went through 12 sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy or relaxation along with the educational support in order for the scientists to come up with these results.