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Which psychotherapy or technique works best with children suffering from adhd?

Which psychotherapy or technique works best with children suffering from adhd?

ADHD treatment: It is the skill and relation with trained therapist that works best rather than merely technique. It is very important for parents to learn about the nature of adhd and brain development, to understand better what your child is dealing with. A good book for adhd education is "scattered" by gabor mate. Kids with adhd are sensitive, relationship-hungry, creative and punishment does not work. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Psychotherapy (Definition)

Psychotherapy is one treatment strategy for a variety of mental health conditions. It has also been shown to help a variety of chronic medical difficulties such as chronic pain. There are a variety of therapy types including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt), psychodynamic therapy, & interpersonal therapy. Certain therapy is better suited for ...Read more


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Are there particular medications that work in addition to psychotherapy in teenagers for depression?

Absolutely: There are many medications. However, only a fully qualified medical doctor, specifically a child psychiatrist, is positioned to make this determination. ...Read more

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I have been in psychotherapy for over 17 years and on medications for 15 years....While I am somewhat better, I am now for the first time on social security disability....Due to the fact that i can not focus long enough to do any work. I am depressed, c

I have been in psychotherapy for over 17 years and on medications for 15 years....While I am somewhat better, I am now for the first time on social security disability....Due to the fact that i can not focus long enough to do any work.  
I am depressed, c

Since : Since you you have moved, is a different doctor prescribing your psychiatric medications as well? If a general doctor is prescribing your psychiatric medications, you could inquire about being evaluated by a psychiatrist. Since you are not my patient, and i know very little about your history, i can not make any specific medication recommendations. However, sometimes if depression is recalcitrant the doctor might consider using a mood stabilizer. Different therapists and different patients use different approaches to counseling. I have sometimes adopted patients who spent years in counseling but said that the time was spent addressing complaints. Improving depression and anxiety often requires making changes in our lives. Change can be frightening. If your previous counseling was not directed at making healthy life changes and you really are motivated to pull up your sleeves and do what it takes; talk to your new therapist about this approach. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's the next step in therapy when the antidepressants and psychotherapy doesn't work at all?

What's the next step in therapy when the antidepressants and psychotherapy doesn't work at all?

Differing drugs: There are several different classes of antidepressents. If those fail, your doctor may decide to augment your therapy with another medication. Electroconvulsive therapy may be an option as well. ...Read more

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Does psychoanalytic or psychodynamic psychotherapy work for children with social anxiety disorder?

Does psychoanalytic or psychodynamic psychotherapy work for children with social anxiety disorder?

It can...: Depending on the child that you are treating. No child is the same and should not be treated that way. With social anxiety disorder, it may be useful to take an eclectic approach using play therapy, social skills training, and relaxation training in working with this diagnosis that requires skill building. ...Read more

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What exactly is psychotherapy?

Talk therapy: It is a method to alleviate and cure consisting in sessions of talking; without using meds (in most cases). The basis were given by psychoanalysis (method discovered by s freud). There are many different modalities and schools. It is a fascinating area. ...Read more

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What is intensive psychotherapy?

Varies: Intensive psychotherapy can refer to many types of psychotherapy, but has the common factor of very frequent visits. This can be twice a week or even more frequent. This occurs to assist a severe, worsening, or acute condition. ...Read more

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Who gets intensive psychotherapy?

Severe illness: A best practice for cognitive psychotherapy for someone with depression whose depression and anxiety worsen is to increase the frequency of sessions/increase intensity. Generally, more intensive psychotherapy is helpful for those with severe, worsening, or relatively acute symptoms/conditions. ...Read more

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Can you undergo psychotherapy online?

It's controversial: Some approaches to psychotherapy that are more standardized (some might say "cookbook") can be done by chat or similar text channels, but in my opinion a lot is lost by not meeting in person. Some therapists use skype or other video apps. This is clearly better than text, but i'd still reserve it for situations when in-person psychotherapy is impossible. Many subtleties are lost. ...Read more

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Did (Definition)

DID is an acronym for "Dissociative identity disorder" or "Multiple personality disorder" (psychiatric disorders). It is also ...Read more