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The Benefits Of CBT With ADHD

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According to, “Cognitive behavioral therapy joins together cognitive and behavioral therapies as a management approach.” Http:// indicates cognitive behavioral therapy has three core beliefs. According to, “Cognitive activity affects behavior. Cognitive activity can be monitored and modified. Cognitive change can result in behavioral change.” The questions remains how can cognitive behavioral therapy benefit someone with ADHD. Continue to read this article to find out. With that said, cognitive behavioral therapy can help people who suffer from ADHD with emotional control, in addition to problem solving.

Emotional Control

People who suffer from ADHD can experience extreme anxiety and frustration. These are two emotional states experienced by people with ADHD. A big part of cognitive behavioral therapy is exploring the emotions or feelings experienced from a particular event. Therefore, as a result, cognitive behavioral therapy can help people who suffer from ADHD by enabling them to gain emotional control. One way to gain a sense of emotional control is through journaling down emotions and feelings you are
experiencing due to a particular event. This way you can process how you are feeling and reflect on it. Journaling will allow you to gain a better a sense of emotional control with ADHD through cognitive behavioral therapy.

Problem Solving

Another important aspect of cognitive behavioral therapy is problem solving. This is especially important for someone who suffers with ADHD. With ADHD, it can become very easy to become restless and over think important situations. One way to avoid becoming restless and over thinking important situations is through problem solving. In particular, an important aspect of problem solving is analyzing the pros and cons of a particular situation or event. Maintaining a structured environment is important for someone with ADHD. Hence, it may be easy and productive to analyze the pros and cons of a particular situation or event by making a list. Mark one column as pros, and mark another column as cons. This way, you will be able to evaluate your options and make the proper decision.


Cognitive behavioral therapy is a very practical form of therapy for anyone. However, it is especially beneficial for someone who has ADHD. People with ADHD need practicality. The principles of cognitive behavioral therapy are very practical and suitable for someone with ADHD. Consider using the techniques discussed in this article if you are suffering from ADHD. Give them a try. You will see the results.

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The Benefits Of CBT With ADHD

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2016). The Benefits Of CBT With ADHD. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 28, 2020, from


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