Adapting an Emerging Empirically Supported Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adults With ADHD and Comorbid Complications an example of two case studies

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Arthur D. Anastopoulos, Professor and Director of ADHD Clinic (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is commonly considered a disorder thataffects children and adolescents; however, follow-up studies of those diagnosed with ADHDindicate significant continuation and impairment into adulthood. For these adults, pharmacotherapy is effective in some cases, but residual symptoms and secondary problematic behaviors resulting from ADHD symptoms (e.g., depressed mood) are typical. Several researchers have identified cognitive-behavioral approaches as a promising adjunct to pharmacotherapy. In particular, a recently manualized cognitive-behavioral therapy has demonstrated significant reductions in ADHD symptoms in a controlled study. The primary purpose of this article is to demonstrate the potential of this approach. To do so, we review two case studies of adults diagnosed with ADHD to illustrate (a) the heterogeneity associated with ADHD cases and the unique challenges they present, (b) issues related to comorbid disorders and symptoms with ADHD, and (c) how to adapt this emerging empirically supported treatment.

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Clinical Case Studies, 7(5), 423-448.
Language: English
Date: 2008
adult ADHD, cognitive-behavioral therapy, comorbidity

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