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Why should people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) keep up with their treatment?

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It eases symptoms. That can help you avoid confrontations and make it easier to deal with problems as they come up.

Most of the time, ADHD is treated with cognitive behavioral therapy. That's a form of talk therapy that helps you identify or change negative thoughts. Medicine can also help. Many folks find a combination of both works best.

If you often have trouble dealing with others, think about seeing a therapist or ADHD coach. They can do role-playing exercises with you to teach you new ways to communicate. They can also teach you skills to help you work through difficult conversations and situations.

SOURCES:

Social Development: "Future Directions in the Study of Close Relationships: Conflict is Bad (Except When It's Not.)"

CDC: "My Child Has Been Diagnosed with ADHD—Now What?"

National Institute of Mental Health: "Could I Have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?"

CHADD: "Social Skills in Adults with ADHD."

Clinical Neurophysiology: "Effects of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy on neurophysiological correlates of performance monitoring in adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder."

Judith Orloff, MD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, UCLA.

CHADD of Northern California: "How Adult ADHD Affects Relationships: Strategies for Coping."

HelpGuide.org: "Adult ADHD and Relationships."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Social Development: "Future Directions in the Study of Close Relationships: Conflict is Bad (Except When It's Not.)"

CDC: "My Child Has Been Diagnosed with ADHD—Now What?"

National Institute of Mental Health: "Could I Have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?"

CHADD: "Social Skills in Adults with ADHD."

Clinical Neurophysiology: "Effects of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy on neurophysiological correlates of performance monitoring in adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder."

Judith Orloff, MD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, UCLA.

CHADD of Northern California: "How Adult ADHD Affects Relationships: Strategies for Coping."

HelpGuide.org: "Adult ADHD and Relationships."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 17, 2017

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