Dr. Doron Almagor will be presenting on Psychodynamic Approaches to Adult ADHD at the upcoming CADDRA conference. For details and registration please click here
Psychodynamic Approaches to Adult ADHD
Sunday, 16 October, 2011. 7.30 - 8:45 a.m.
Cognitive Behavioral and related psychotherapies such as Meta-Cognitive Psychotherapy are the most commonly cited and researched psychotherapy modalities in treating Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The structure and goals of these therapies can be directly adapted to address the symptoms of ADHD and they are likely to remain the primary psychotherapeutic approach to ADHD in the foreseeable future.
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is not generally thought of as a common treatment alternative in Adult ADHD. Indeed, psychoanalytically derived psychotherapies are not generally utilized in the treatment of neurobiological disorders such as ADHD. This interactive session will discuss how application of psychodynamic theory can be successfully utilized in several ways as a beneficial adjunct treatment of ADHD.
Firstly, Adults with ADHD have commonalities in their psychological developments due to the secondary effects ADHD may have on the infant-caregiver interaction and hence the formation of later psychological structures. Research and experience in the treatment of Adult ADHD show patients share common defensive configurations secondary to the common sequelae of ADHD such as underachievement and difficulties in social adjustment. Both individual and group psychotherapy approaches will be discussed.
Secondly, for the non-psychotherapist, knowledge of psychodynamic theory can help the clinician maximize benefits in modalities other than psychotherapy. Examples will be discussed of how recognizing psychodynamic issues that lead to non-compliance with medication treatment can help achieve treatment compliance and success.