Psychosocial treatments for adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Steven A. Safren, Susan Sprich, Sophie Chulvick, Michael W. Otto

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This article discussed some ways in which a history of failure experiences can enhance negative affect and cognitive avoidance and further impair attentional and organizational abilities associated with ADHD. Accordingly, psychosocial interventions have two targets: providing training in organizational and attentional skills while addressing patterns that motivate demand-related distress and avoidance of these skills. The authors conceptualized these interventions as creating the conditions where patients best can use existing abilities and the benefits offered by medication treatment. As represented by a small but growing literature, there are encouraging signs that structured skill-building treatments of this kind offer benefit to adults with ADHD. Further research on these strategies in the context of well-controlled trials is an essential step for helping reduce disability and distress among this cohort of patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-360
Number of pages12
JournalPsychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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