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How Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) Can Help Treat ADHDAttention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)


ADHD. Accelerated Resolution Therapy.


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects millions of adults, often bringing challenges such as emotional dysregulation, anxiety, and difficulty concentrating. While traditional treatments like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and medication are common, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is emerging as a promising complementary approach. Originally developed to address trauma and related issues, ART’s techniques can be adapted to effectively manage ADHD symptoms. Here’s how ART can help.


1. Improving Emotional Regulation

Individuals with ADHD often struggle with managing their emotions. ART helps clients process and resolve troubling emotions and experiences, facilitating the development of healthier emotional responses and coping mechanisms. This can lead to more stable moods and better emotional control.

2. Reducing Stress and Anxiety

ART’s emphasis on visualization and reprocessing distressing memories can significantly reduce overall stress and anxiety levels. Since anxiety frequently co-occurs with ADHD, managing this aspect can help clients better handle their ADHD symptoms and improve their quality of life.

3. Enhancing Focus and Concentration

By resolving underlying emotional and psychological issues, ART can help improve cognitive clarity. For those with ADHD, reducing the mental clutter associated with unresolved trauma or stress can lead to enhanced focus and concentration, making daily tasks more manageable.

4. Addressing Negative Thought Patterns

ART can help individuals identify and change negative thought patterns that may exacerbate ADHD symptoms. Through positive visualizations and re-framing negative thoughts, clients can develop a more optimistic outlook and boost their self-esteem.

5. Increasing Self-Compassion

Many individuals with ADHD struggle with self-criticism and low self-esteem due to their symptoms. ART fosters a greater sense of self-compassion and understanding, helping clients accept themselves and their ADHD, which can be incredibly empowering.

6. Developing New Coping Strategies

ART sessions introduce clients to new ways of coping with stress and emotional challenges. These strategies are particularly beneficial for managing the impulsivity and frustration often associated with ADHD, providing practical tools for everyday situations.

7. Improving Sleep Patterns

By addressing underlying anxiety and stress, ART can contribute to better sleep hygiene and quality. Since poor sleep can exacerbate ADHD symptoms, this improvement can significantly impact overall functioning and well-being.

8. Integrating with Other Therapies

ART can be used alongside other ADHD treatments, such as CBT and medication. Its holistic approach complements these treatments by addressing emotional and psychological components that might not be fully covered by other methods, offering a more comprehensive treatment plan.


Practical Example of ART in ADHD Treatment

Session Focus: During an ART session, a client with ADHD might work on specific anxiety related to their performance at work. The therapist guides the client through visualization techniques to reprocess and resolve past experiences that contribute to their current anxiety.

Visualization and Reframing: The client visualizes a specific scenario that triggers their anxiety. Through ART techniques, they replace this negative image with a more empowering one, such as successfully completing a work task without anxiety.

Outcome: Over time, this process can help reduce the client's work-related anxiety, leading to better focus, increased productivity, and an overall improvement in their ADHD symptoms.


Ready to Explore ART for ADHD?

If you’re struggling with ADHD and looking for a new approach to manage your symptoms, consider Accelerated Resolution Therapy. By addressing emotional and psychological challenges, ART can enhance your overall well-being and complement existing treatments, making your life more manageable and fulfilling. Ready to take the next step? Let’s connect and start your journey toward a more balanced life.


Candice, is a Master Level Social Worker and certified ADHD counselor specializing in Adult ADHD in Alberta, Canada. With a personalized and empathetic approach, Candice helps clients navigate their challenges and achieve their full potential. Contact her today to learn more about how ART can benefit you.


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