Cognitive Therapy for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults

NYU Langone psychologists and psychiatrists may recommend cognitive therapy for adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) aims to lessen the inattention and impulsivity caused by ADHD by changing the way a person thinks and reacts. Our therapists have many years of experience using CBT to treat adults with ADHD.

CBT is a problem-focused approach, meaning that the goal of therapy is to teach people with ADHD a variety of coping skills to help them manage difficult situations. CBT has two main components: the cognitive element, which helps people to change how they think about a difficult situation, and the behavioral aspect, which helps people to change how they react to the situation. In order to change unwanted or problematic behaviors, your therapist teaches you strategies to modify your thoughts and respond differently during certain situations.

In CBT sessions, your therapist may work with you on developing time management and scheduling skills, proper organizational habits, and strategies to overcome procrastination and make tasks easier to complete. For example, learning to use a planner can help you to better manage your time and complete tasks efficiently.

This form of therapy is typically performed once a week for 15 weeks and can take place in a one-on-one or group setting. Group sessions are limited to eight participants and last two hours, whereas individual sessions typically last about an hour.

CBT is often used in conjunction with medication. Our doctors work with you to develop a treatment plan that best meets your needs, making adjustments throughout treatment to ensure that your symptoms of ADHD are effectively controlled.

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