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Cognitive behavioral therapy to treat adult ADHD - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi i have adhd but my doctor is against prescribing medication , so she referred me to a place that first i have to go through talking to a therapist and then wait it out and talk to a psychiatrist after but i dont need all of that i just need help with my problem quickly because i feel worse and worse each day
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Dr xxxx here
User :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me read what you have typed
User :   okay sounds great
Doctor :   May i know your age and since when are you having ADHD?
User :   i just turned twenty and ive had it since i was 6
Doctor :   Were you on any treatment for it?
User :   i found out recently i had it and ive been trying to find the best treatment for it but my doctor isnt really up for prescribing me something that can help me
Doctor :   ALL cases of ADHD do not require and many are best treated by counseling and therapy and that is the method which is always taken up first before starting the treatment.
Doctor :   Also many cases are successfully treated by therapy instead of drugs and these drugs also have many side effects so it is beneficial to go for therapy instead of rushing for medications.
User :   but how can therapy help my symptoms if each day i feel like im worse and worse i honestly dont see how talking about them will actually help make them get better
Doctor :   That is why you require therapy which will help you feel better day by day
Doctor :   The therapy will act in such a way that will help you to overcome the situations and will help you feel better.
User :   how does therapy help memory loss
User :   ?
User :   thats something i dont understand
Doctor :   Therapy is directed in such a way that it identifies all the problem you are facing be it memory loss, be it restlessness, be it any other symptom.
Doctor :   It helps to cope up with all these by giving you insights as to what can be done: 1) to prevent these episodes
Doctor :   2)In case they do occur then how to tackle them
Doctor :   3)Identify factors that precipitate these episodes such that in future you do not go, back to having symptoms again
Doctor :   4)Therapy (cognitive behavioral and counseling )has to be done on regular basis for first 1 or 2 months and then
Doctor :   If it does not help at all then medications are considered
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