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ADHD Behavior Therapy

Updated on January 10, 2013

What is the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

The Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is mainly the co-existence of hyperactivity and attention problems. It can manifest itself later on, but it usually starts before seven years of age. It affects about 5% of children globally and it is a chronic disorder (symptoms continue into adulthood).

In terms of gender differentiation, it is diagnosed to twice more boys than girls.

Signs and Symptoms of ADHD

The following symptoms depict the behavior of the average ADHD patient. (others may occur)

- Be easily distracted and unable to pay attention to a single activity;

- Becoming bored easily - even after some few minutes of starting the activity;

- Difficulty in following instructions and/or directions;

- Constantly daydreaming;

- Non-stop talking;

- Trouble Sitting

- Impatience;

- Unable to wait for something, for example his turn on a board game;

By verifying and analyzing most of these symptoms and discarding underlying physical problems, mental health professionals can diagnose ADHD and start the treatment.

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Behavior Therapy for ADHD

It can include social skills practicing, training parents to deal with it (parental education is a key factor for treating the child ADHD patient) and other behavior interventions.

Essentially, behavior therapy helps to change this - behavior!

You would be surprised if you knew the potential it has, and chances are that if you are reading this you might be considering this form of treatment. My advice? Do it!

The behavior therapist helps children and adult patients to cope with the anger, frustration and blame they feel about themselves and it trains them to identify and control their attention and aggression problems.

In many cases it is useful that the entire family participates in the therapy to find ways to handle the patient's behaviors and to improve the victim's change potential.

I know for a fact that this style of therapy helps a whole bunch, so take the next step and search for a good therapist near you.

The Treatment: Changing Behaviors

Success Study - My personal case

One of my many hobbies is teaching music. I'm a personal music tutor and I teach musical education and percussion.

Well, one of my students was a kid that had ADHD. He was 7 years old. Do you know what that means? It means that he was a little guy filled with energy - kids don't stop and are naturally energized, now picture a kid with ADHD to help. Plus I was teaching him percussion, more accurately I was teaching him to play the drum set - picture this instrument there to help.

I had a hard time managing his attention... he just picks up the drum sticks and beats them around, occasionally letting me to actually teach him something. The kid was smart! I said something and he instantly learned it... but he was learning slowly, getting behind my other pupils. His attention span was too low, I start to speak with him and he only listens to my first 10 words. I could only teach him new things, I could not revise old knowledge because he was bored by it and would go back at random beating stuff.

He started practicing the behavior therapy tricks the therapist taught him and I saw improvements after some weeks. He was still very hyper, but he would listen to me and allow me to revise my teachings. I see him struggle against the urge to beat stuff randomly but he is only starting on this therapy so I hope it continues to present these results and that someday he gets a grip on his condition. I'm very optimistic about it.

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      Rui Carreira 5 years ago from Torres Novas

      and thank you for your nice comment :)

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      Rui Carreira 5 years ago from Torres Novas

      That is awesome thank you for sharing. Well sgbrown - it is a bit strange that your grandson doesn't act hyper, well it can be indeed a discipline problem. If he doesn't act hyper all the type and beats up stuff, constantly needs to use everything for percussion problems and etc it may be he's just poorly disciplined. yikes.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for encouraging parents to seek different treatments for ADHD!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This was very interesting to me as "they" say one of our gransons has ADHD. Personally, I think it is more of a decipline problem. He does not act hyper around us, but doesn't pay attention unless it is something he is really interested in. I am going to pass this hub on to my son and daughter-in-law. Voted up, useful, interesting and sharing! :)

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      Rui Carreira 5 years ago from Torres Novas

      Hello Kelley. Thanks for stopping by. Yeap non-pharmaceutical is the way to go... the body doesn't like to be a chemical playground, although sometimes its the only solution.

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      Rui Carreira 5 years ago from Torres Novas

      Thanks for the support ;)

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      An informative hub and helpful to parents and teachers of ADHD children

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      Rui Carreira 5 years ago from Torres Novas

      Thanks Rodric29, 5 ADHDers is a lot! :S Good Luck my friend

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      Rodric Johnson 5 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      This is an informative nugget Rui. I have seven kids and five of them have varying levels of ADHD. One of the symptoms of this disorder also is addictive personalities. It is a problem that is very seriously tended to in my family.

      It is a stressful day each day at home because ADHD does not run by itself. Usually there are other disorders that complicate the matter--not always. I voted this up and shared with my fans good article.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Behavior therapy is a helpful in treating a variety of behaviors related to improving focus and concentration. I'm one who firmly believes that non-pharmaceutical treatment should be provided prior to drug treatment. It sounds like you have witnessed how effect this treatment can be. Voted up! Kelley