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Models of Treatment: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Pharmacotherapy for Adult ADHD

We hope it is clear from the information presented in Chapter 1 that Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a lifespan neurodevelopmental disorder. The emerging evidence from longitudinal research of individuals with ADHD indicates that the diagnosis is associated with many negative life outcomes for those affected, including problems in work, school, and relationships, along with increased risk for coexisting psychiatric problems. What is more, adults with ADHD experience psychological effects of living with this developmental syndrome inasmuch as they have been found to have significantly more negative thoughts, are less hopeful about the future, and are less accepting of themselves than are those not affected. Said simply, there is virtually no domain of adult life that is unaffected by ADHD.