• Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD

    Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD: An Interview With Mary Solanto, Ph.D.

    Posted: 10/12/2012 1:30 pm – Huff Post Healthy Living

    Mary V. Solanto, Ph.D., is associate professor of psychiatry and director of the ADHD Center in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Dr. Solanto has worked extensively with adults and children with ADHD. Her research and publications address the cognitive and behavioral functioning of individuals with ADHD, the effects of psychostimulants, and the characteristics of the predominantly inattentive subtype of ADHD.

    Dr. Solanto is active in the training of psychiatrists and psychologists to diagnose and treat ADHD and related disorders. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Attention Disorders and the advisory board of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Dr. Solanto is the author of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD: Targeting Executive Dysfunction (2011).

    In your book Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD: Targeting Executive Dysfunction, you describe a 12-session treatment program for adult ADHD. What aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy are the most helpful to adults with ADHD?

    The most helpful aspects of the treatment include, first, the mutual support of the group members, and the opportunity to learn they are not alone in confronting these problems. Secondly, participants benefit by learning specific skills and strategies — ways to manage time, organize, and solve problems. These components together help the participants to develop new hope and confidence in managing their lives and achieving their goals.


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