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Adults With ADHD Benefit From Drugs And Therapy

Wed, 25 Aug 2010 06:42:1

David Goodhue - AHN News Reporter

Boston, MA, United States (AHN) - Adults with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder who received a combination of medication and cognitive behavior therapy showed more improvement over a 12-month period than those who only received medication in a recent study.

Researchers with the Massachusetts General Hospital tested cognitive behavior therapy for ADHD in 86 adults already being treated with medication, but who still had "clinically significant" symptoms of the disorder.

The study was conducted over a four-year period between November 2004 and June 2008, with a follow-up in 2009.

Seventy nine participants completed the treatments and 70 finished the follow-up.

The researchers saw significant improvement in most of the participants receiving both medication and therapy, which included "psycho-education about ADHD," training in organizing and planning, learning skills to reduce distractibility, cognitive restructuring and "relapse prevention."

A report on the study is published in the Aug. 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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