Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is characterized by symptoms of impulsivity, emotional outbursts, hyperactivity, inattention, loss of focus, forgetfulness, and disorganization.
These symptoms may be present all at once or may only appear occasionally, depending on the situation. Psychotherapy can be effective for the treatment of some of the symptoms related to ADHD, especially through behavior modification.
A therapist can help discover whether attention issues are really the root of the problem: in many cases, learning disabilities, anxiety, anger, problems at home, or other emotional or cognitive issues can be masked by a child’s misbehavior. Therapy can help uncover the true nature of the child’s inappropriate or troubling behavior.
Behavior management therapy tries to reinforce wanted behaviors and reduce unwanted behaviors. It also suggests what caregivers can do before, during, after, and between episodes of problem behaviors.