ADHD symptoms are largely viewed in our culture as a medical problem that requires medication, but there is a powerful case to be made to the usefulness of psychotherapy to treat the symptoms of ADHD.
Teenagers with problems focusing or with hyperactivity issues are often brought by their families to therapy. As I have gained experience with these teenagers I realized that focusing and hyperactivity problems tend to worsen in the moments when emotionally-charged subjects come up during a session. This happens in an automatic way that the teenager is not aware of. This process can be explained to teenagers and non-judgmentally pointed out to them. The repetition of this can gradually help the teenager to bring this automatic response into conscious control.Read More