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Therapy is part of the treatment for most teens diagnosed with ADHD. If you go to therapy, you will have regular meetings with a therapist to help with the problems that ADHD can cause.
In therapy, people learn skills that don’t come naturally because of ADHD, like listening and paying attention better.
Some people with ADHD also get another type of therapy called occupational therapy. This helps when things like balance or handwriting are difficult because of ADHD or a learning disability.
Treatment for ADHD usually includes medicine. Medicines boost the brain’s ability to pay attention, use self-control, and fidget less. Medicine works best when people also have a therapist to teach how to use these improved abilities.
Therapy helps teens with ADHD do better in school and at home. For example, people learn how to:
Some people need therapy to help ease difficult emotions caused by ADHD. For example, people might lose confidence or feel like they are disappointing others. Some teens become depressed, anxious, or frustrated.
When people learn skills to manage ADHD, they do better. Therapy also helps them feel happier and more confident.
In ADHD therapy, people learn by doing. A therapist will share activities and ideas that focus on building the skills the person needs, like good study habits, emotional awareness, or mindful breathing.
In ADHD therapy, a positive relationship with the therapist helps a person feel encouraged and supported as they learn.
At the beginning, your therapist will talk with you, ask questions, and listen to learn more about how ADHD affects you. Together you will make goals for what you want to improve.
In therapy sessions, you and your therapist might:
How long therapy lasts will depend on your goals. Most of the time, a therapist will want to meet with you once a week for a few months.
Having ADHD isn’t a person’s fault. But there are things that you can learn in therapy to help things get better.
Here are some ways to build on the work you will do in therapy:
ADHD is a medical condition that affects how well someone can sit still, focus, and pay attention. This article for teens has the basics on ADHD.
There’s no quick fix for ADHD. But taking medicine and working with counselors can help. This article for teens has tips for handling school and relationships.
If you suffer from a chronic illness, you know it can be anything but fun. But you can become better informed and more involved in your care. Here are tips to help you deal.
Getting help with emotions or stress is the same as getting help with a medical problem like asthma or diabetes. This article explains how therapy works and how it can help with problems.
Mindfulness helps people do their best at things, whether that’s focusing on a task or getting along with others. This article for teens has details on practicing mindfulness so you can make it work for you.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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