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But It Sounds Hard!

Adults with ADHD tend to chronically avoid anything that will likely involve listening to boring lectures, complicated projects, or too much thinking or planning. To many adults with ADHD, CBT sessions sound like a nightmare. But keep in mind that CBT for ADHD is designed with your inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity in mind. A good therapist will understand these limitations and will help you work toward your goals within your own framework, in sessions that are structured in a way to help you learn useful skills and patterns of thinking.

Will Future Generations Need CBT for Adult ADHD?

This is an interesting question. There is some thought that CBT has a special role for adults who were diagnosed in adulthood. These adults had ADHD as children (by definition, ADHD symptoms always start during childhood), but never received an accurate diagnosis. They have typically dealt with a lifetime of self-esteem issues, learning to view themselves as lazy, inadequate, stupid, worthless, incapable, etc.
While a diagnosis (and treatment with medication) can bring significant improvement, many times, lingering problems stemming from these negative thoughts and feelings remain. CBT can help address these thoughts and feelings.
Will the next generations, who were more than likely diagnosed and treated in childhood, even need CBT as an adult? Probably. Even now, some children seem to slip through the cracks, and there will always be cases of ADHD that are missed until adulthood, such as girls who often have the inattentive type of ADHD that goes unnoticed by teachers and parents.
Even if a child is diagnosed early and provided with adequate medication and therapy throughout childhood, remember that adulthood can present a new set of problems perhaps never addressed by childhood therapy.
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