ADHD Treatment: Information & Advice ( Psychoeducation)
So-called psychoeducation is one of the elements used in ADHD treatment, meaning, the provision of as much information and advice as possible for the person affected regarding the clinical picture of ADHD.
Psychoeducation – What does that mean exactly?
Doctor-provided treatment plays a key role in psychoeducation. The first task is to provide the patient with as much information about ADHD as possible.
Core aspects of the information can include:
How does ADHD occur? What happens in the body?
- Disturbed balance of messenger substances in the brain
- Genetic disposition
- Environmental factors, such as upbringing and media consumption
Treatment Options and Aims:
What treatment options are available for ADHD and what are the desired outcomes?
- Various therapeutic elements (information, psychotherapy, medications)
- Improved coping with everyday life
- Alleviation of symptoms
What are the very practical options for better self-management in everyday life?
- Attentiveness exercises
- Dealing better with impulse buying (impulse control)
- Strategies for better organisation
- More control of emotions
What particular strengths of the person concerned have not been recognised so far and can now be mapped out?
- Improvisational talent
Maik P. (30 years old)In the past, I often did not know why I couldn't control my emotions or focus on my tasks. I didn't understand it and just felt "not quite normal". My self-confidence also took a knock. So it's much better that I know now what's going on in my body and why I am the way I am. And that what's going on is not necessarily bad, but maybe just different. And that's quite a relief.
Philipsen Alexandra, et. al. Effects of Group Psychotherapy, Individual Counseling, Methylphenidate, and Placebo in the Treatment of Adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Psychiatry. 2015 Dec 1;72(12):1199-210. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.2146.