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Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD): How Does Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) Help Patients?

Nuur Asyikin Mohd Shukor, Shalisah Sharip, Rosliza Yahya, Nurul Azmi Muhammad Rappek, Hatta Sidi


Objective: ADHD is a complex neurobiological disorder, which required tactful intervention. Besides pharmacotherapy, there is still limited information in addressing the efficacy of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for treating this developmental disorder.

Methods: We report a case of late diagnosed of ADHD whose facing difficulty to cope with her undergraduate degree. She has to repeat her semester examination due to lack of attention. Denial was seen in both patient and family in accepting the diagnoses, and posed roadblock for successful intervention.

Results: Six sessions of CBT were conducted, coupled with psycho education for both the family and patient. Consultation from the university’s management helped her to accept and cope with her ADHD symptoms, i.e. attention and impulsivity. The patient showed improvement following this intensive bio-psycho-social intervention.

Conclusion: The short duration of CBT was found suitable to be adapted and implemented in young adult ADHD. 

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CBT; Psychotherapy; Adult ADHD

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