Treating Adult ADHD
What About Coaching?
ADHD coaching, a new industry that offers very specific problem-solving, can also work for some people, Tzelepis says.
"It's akin to what you have with a kid and a tutor," Tzelepis says. "I've referred people to coaches because I need to work on other pieces -- the emotional-psychological component of what is going on."
An Australian study that paired ADHD adults with coaches for eight weekly sessions found that most participants improved their organizational abilities and had reduced levels of anger that they maintained for a year after the therapy. Participants also had to complete homework exercises. The study was designed to target attention problems, low motivation levels, poor organizational skills, poor anger control, and impulsivity.
For the relatively few adults who only have ADHD symptoms, coaching or talk therapy may be the only thing necessary to put them back on track, Tzelepis says.
Most coaches are not medical experts or therapists. If you want to try working with a coach, be sure to pick one that specializes in ADHD.