How Psychotherapy Helps With ADHD

Childhood, and the teenage years, are often when attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is first diagnosed. Problems with brain activity can show up at school, or create social problems for your child or teen.

At Dr. Soos Pediatrics, Gyula Soos, MD, FAAP provides comprehensive care for children and teens with ADHD. After your child gets diagnosed, Dr. Soos can work with you to develop a customized treatment plan for this spring and beyond.

Taking a holistic approach to ADHD

ADHD can come in many types. We use three main categories to describe types of ADHD. These are inattentive ADHD, hyperactive-impulsive ADHD, and combined ADHD. Your child might be a clear example of one type of ADHD, or have mixed signs and symptoms for multiple types.

While many pediatric ADHD patients can benefit from medication management, other strategies can also help your child learn to handle their mental health and behavioral needs. Psychotherapy can benefit pediatric ADHD patients in a number of ways, and won’t cause side effects, as ADHD medications may.

Dr. Soos takes a holistic approach to working with pediatric ADHD patients, looking at the best combination of treatments to relieve your child’s distressing ADHD symptoms, boost confidence, and work toward strong, positive future outcomes.

ADHD and psychotherapy

No matter what type of ADHD your child is dealing with, psychotherapy can help. Psychotherapy can include multiple types of treatment methods, which can also be used in combination.

Behavior therapy

Your child can learn to handle impulsivity problems by getting their thought processes under control, so that a thought won’t always result in a corresponding action. Children and teens with ADHD often benefit from behavior therapy to redirect negative choices and pick more positive options. Reward systems can be a helpful part of behavior therapy for ADHD.

Cognitive behavioral therapy

Other types of psychotherapy practice can be useful for pediatric ADHD patients, as well. 

Through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), your child or teen can come to better understand the complex emotions behind a chronic procrastination problem. Learning more about emotions and being able to better identify thought patterns puts your child back in control of behavior, and provides tools to cope with difficult feelings.

Building confidence and addressing depression

Finally, psychotherapy can support your child in integrating information about an ADHD diagnosis, without giving up on hopes and dreams for the future, or losing self-esteem or self-worth. 

Many young people with ADHD also struggle with anxiety and depression. Psychotherapeutic techniques can rebuild internal strength for young people who feel concerned about being different, or are dealing with anxiety or depression symptoms.

With the right combination of treatments, including psychotherapy, your child or teen can thrive after an ADHD diagnosis. Get in touch with Dr. Soos Pediatrics now to learn more about supporting your child or teen with ADHD. You can schedule a session online, or call today to book your appointment at our Dublin, Georgia offices.

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