With nearly 10% of teens diagnosed with attention disorders, more and more people are turning to medications to control ADD or ADHD symptoms. Though medication can be an effective form of treatment, behavioral therapists can also help teens struggling with attention disorders regain control of their behavior and lives.
A new type of treatment
Behavioral therapists started using cognitive therapy 40 years ago, but it has only been in recent years that this form of therapy has proved beneficial to individuals with ADD/ADHD. The even better news? Behavioral therapists who use CBT often see results in less than 15 hours of therapy.
A unique kind of therapy
Unlike traditional therapy that focuses on overcoming past emotions and experiences, behavioral therapy trains individuals to change and control current thought processes and behaviors.
The main goal of CBT is not to discover what causes the problems, but rather to tackle them here and now. – PubMed Health
Teens might have a hard time controlling the symptoms of ADD/ADHD, such as rash thinking and inability to remain still, but behavioral therapy can help address the struggles prompted by those symptoms:
- Misplacing things
- Reckless behavior
Behavioral therapists teach life skills
Teens with attention deficits often have difficulty with maintaining peer relationships. To others, they might seem selfish or rude as they often interrupt others and are inconsistent in their behaviors. Along with helping the teen learn personal development skills, behavioral therapy can teach teens better social skills.
Treatment not just for the patient
Though behavioral therapists help teens and children learn to control their behaviors and thought processes, therapists also help educate the family of their patients. Parents are able to learn new ways of handling behavior issues while supporting their child’s continued development. Because time-management is a huge struggle for ADD/ADHD teens, parents can learn best practices in helping their child maintain structure and consistency.
If you would like to know more about how our behavioral therapists help teens struggling with attention deficits, call blueFire today at 844-413-1999.