Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a type of psychotherapy that helps patients understand thoughts and feelings that influence behaviors. This method can be used for a variety of mental health illnesses including anxiety, depression and more recently ADHD. Although medications can help to alleviate many symptoms of ADHD, impulsivity and re-learning basic daily functioning interactions can prove to be challenging for the ADHD child. CBT is used to help the patient correct the behaviors they have "hard wired' into their daily functioning.
Using a two-pronged approach (medication and CBT) it is the goal of CBT to allow the patient to identify the negative ways they are communicating, socializing, and feeling and learn new positive coping skills to manage their behaviors.