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By Psych Central News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on August 25, 2010

A new study suggests that the most common form of psychotherapycognitive behavioral therapytherapy (CBT) — is more effective than relaxation therapy and education about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital studied the effects of these two kinds of psychosocial treatments fin 86 adults with attention deficit disorder between 2004 and 2008. All patients who entered the study were already being treated for their ADHD with medication, but still had clinically significant symptoms.

Of the original 86 patients who entered the study, 79 completed treatment. Of those 79, 70 completed follow-up assessments in the study. Study participants were randomized to one of two treatment groups — either cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or relaxation therapy with educational support.

The researchers found that after the treatment was completed, patients who received cognitive behavioral therapy had significantly better ADHD rating scale scores and Clinical Global Impression scale scores than those who were assigned to relaxation with educational support. Also, there was a greater proportion of responders in the cognitive behavioral therapy condition compared with the relaxation condition, using criteria from both the Clinical Global Impression scale (53 percent vs. 23 percent) and the ADHD rating scale (67 percent vs. 33 percent).

Read in Full:  http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/08/24/cognitive-behavioral-therapy-cbt-beats-relaxation-for-adhd/17239.html



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