ADHD: Treatment

Today, there are effective treatments available for ADHD in adults. There are various non-drug and drug-based treatment options available that can be used individually or in combination.

Whether and which therapy for ADHD makes sense in individual cases always depends on the psychological strain of the affected person. The goal is generally to improve self-management and make it easier to cope with everyday life. Basically, ADHD therapy is possible even without medication, therefore, the psychological strain of the individual is the key indicator.

In any case, ask the doctor treating you about ADHD treatment for adults.

ADHD Treatment: Options at a Glance

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The better informed you are about the symptoms of ADHD, the more you know how to deal with yourself and your own "particularities."

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(behavioural therapy)

Behavioural therapy has proven to be effective in changing established thinking and behavioural patterns in the long term. This can be in the form of individual and/or group therapy.

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In the case of considerable psychological strain, taking medication may help to improve symptoms. Drugs are frequently used in combination with other therapeutic procedures ("overall therapeutic strategy").

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UPDATE: A recent study proves drug-based ADHD treatment for adults is more successful than just psychotherapy on its own. The COMPAS Study (December 2015), supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), compared the administration of medication with and without group psychotherapy and non-drug therapies.
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.