Book for Clinicians
Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD: A Practical, Easy-to-Use Guide for Clinicians offers readers a comprehensive understanding of ADHD in adults and how to work with these interesting and underserved clients. I have taken the best of the empirical science and combined it with ten years of clinical experience to offer readers what they really need to know to provide effective treatment. Most clinicians don’t have time to wade through the primary literature themselves or don’t find it applicable enough to their clinical practice, so I did that work for them.
Traditional therapeutic techniques are not sufficient to deal with the many manifestations of this multifaceted condition. The integrative treatment model that I advocate contains the following four parts:
- Education to help clients better understand how ADHD impacts their lives and to correct the many negative misinterpretations of ADHD behaviors.
- Medication to improve functioning and set the stage for other interventions.
- Coaching to teach practical strategies to help clients stay on top of daily demands and to provide a foundation for improved self-esteem and self-efficacy.
- Therapy to deal with the effects of ADHD struggles on self-esteem and self-efficacy, as well as to address comorbid conditions.
As with many other subpopulations, this group of clients requires some different approaches that go beyond traditional therapeutic techniques. Unfortunately, a recent large study found that only 10% of adults with ADHD had received treatment in the prior year. Given a prevalence of almost 5%, one in twenty adults has ADHD, but it is far greater among the clinical population, who will often be misdiagnosed with anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder (which they may also have, but these comorbid conditions may be greatly exacerbated by the ADHD). That means that every full-time therapist has at least one ADHD adult in their caseloads, whether they know it or not, and whether they address the ADHD explicitly or not. Most of these clients may get some benefit from traditional techniques, but will not make the progress that they or their therapists expect. My hope is that Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD will help clinicians better meet the needs of these clients.
PART I: UNDERSTANDING ADHD IN ADULTS
1. Diagnosing ADHD in Adults
2. The Physiological Bases of ADHD
3. The Impact of ADHD on an Adult’s Life
PART II: THE INTEGRATIVE TREATMENT MODEL
4. Education as a Therapeutic Technique
5. Medications and Other Biological Treatments
6. Coaching: More than Obvious Advice
7. Adapting Psychotherapy for the ADHD Adult
Appendix: Resources for Clinicians and Clients
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