Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Cognitive Therapy as an Alternative to ADHD Drugs

Science & Technology at Scientific American.com: Training the Brain: "Moreover, because there is no industry to back it, behavioral therapy has been grossly underrated, Diller and others opine. Unpublished data from the Multimodal Treatment Study--the largest U.S. long-term study of ADHD treatment in children--show that after two years, kids treated with behavioral therapy only (parent training, school intervention and a special summer camp program) functioned just as well as kids on high-dose medication, says lead researcher William Pelham of the University at Buffalo. Also, only an additional 8 percent of the children in the behavioral arm were medicated at the end of the second year, indicating that most parents in this group were satisfied with behavioral therapy. "