How Can CBT Improve Focus for an Individual With ADHD?

It can be incredibly hard for an individual with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to concentrate. Daydreaming may be a serious issue, making it especially difficult to learn and retain new information. Day-to-day tasks can be stressful with abrupt moments of distraction. An individual with ADHD may also have problems with their memory. Having trouble concentrating during conversations with others can affect relationships with friends, family, and partners. Talking too fast and missing subtle social cues can make conversing with others uncomfortable as a short response can be perceived as rude. In reality, a lack of concentration is the culprit. These can all be pressing challenges for individuals with ADHD.

Fortunately, those with ADHD can find improvement in many areas of their life by seeking mental health treatment. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one treatment that can help individuals learn the skills needed to cope with and manage their ADHD symptoms. 12 South Recovery can offer the emotional and strategic support needed to achieve long-term success in living with ADHD.

What Is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

As stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ADHD is a neurodevelopmental health condition. The onset of this psychiatric disorder is commonly in early childhood. However, ADHD can persist throughout adulthood as well. An individual with ADHD may present impulsive behaviors that may seem out of control. For example, a person may act before thinking through the possible outcome. An individual may be overly active during the day as well.

Although the cause is unknown, current research has discovered that genetics play a significant role in the development of ADHD. Other risk factors may include:

  • Premature delivery
  • Substance use during pregnancy
  • Environmental exposures
  • Brain Injury
  • Nutrition

Symptoms Experienced by an Individual With ADHD

Not everyone experiences the same signs and symptoms associated with ADHD. Inattention is the most common symptom of ADHD. However, some people experience mainly hyperactivity and impulsivity. Others may experience both inattention and hyperactivity.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), ADHD is marked by a persistent pattern of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. This can interfere with one’s development and ability to function daily. Symptoms can impact an individual’s workplace, social relationships, and education. Certain behaviors can be severe or occur more often than others. Signs of ADHD may include:

  • Missing details: This can manifest as careless mistakes in the workplace, school, or other activities.
  • Difficulty sustaining attention during simple tasks: This can include lectures, reading, and holding conversations.
  • Problems following directions: People may have difficulty finishing schoolwork, workplace assignments, and chores.
  • Difficulty with organization: This can include trouble keeping tasks in order, keeping belongings in order, managing time, and meeting deadlines.
  • Avoiding tasks that require mental effort: A person may actively avoid homework, preparing reports, completing documents, or finishing papers.
  • Misplacing items: One may lose track of wallets, keys, paperwork, cellphone, and other supplies.
  • Forgetting daily activities: A person can neglect to run errands, return calls, and keep appointments.

Ways an Individual With ADHD Can Stay Organized

Keeping a consistent routine can help individuals diagnosed with ADHD to sustain better focus during their waking hours. Inserting specific times to complete responsibilities can ensure tasks are handled. By setting up structures for task completion, the individual is less likely to let themselves and others down. This can create a more stress-free lifestyle for everyone involved.

Keeping supplies and everyday items in their chosen place and storing them there after use can help a person remain clear-headed and less forgetful. Using a planner or organizer and setting reminders can also serve as reminders and ensure important tasks are completed.

Benefits of CBT for an Individual With ADHD

Although practicing various self-help strategies can improve one’s condition, incorporating professional treatment alongside self-help measures can be the most effective strategy. According to the aforementioned NIMH study, certain medications can improve an individual’s ability to function. An individual can often best address ADHD by using medications in combination with behavioral therapies. Different interventions can also assist families in managing symptoms to improve their loved one’s ability to operate daily.

Before a diagnosis from a psychiatrist, the individual with ADHD may have feelings of frustration, anger, and lack of self-esteem because they blame themselves. Receiving proper diagnosis and treatment can relieve many of these feelings.

How Can 12 South Recovery Help?

Participating in CBT with 12 South Recovery can help an individual more effectively manage their condition. Different techniques are used within therapy to help an individual recognize their internal thoughts and feelings. This can help them to improve their focus. As an individual makes gains in their ability to hold attention, organize themselves, and remember the details of their lives, their self-esteem will increase.

Living with ADHD can be overwhelming and stressful. Unless a person receives professional treatment, it can be challenging to succeed with everyday tasks. At 12 South Recovery, we use proven therapies and an evidence-based approach to mental health treatment. By using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), clients can acquire new realizations and skills that can help them manage life more effectively. Clients learn to acknowledge their unique strengths and abilities as well. Everyone can learn to live a happy and productive life with ADHD with the right help. If you or a loved one are facing challenges coping with ADHD, our team would be more than happy to help. To learn more about our services call 12 South Recovery at (888) 830-8374.

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