A Novel Group Therapy for Children With ADHD and Severe Mood Dysregulation

Abstract : Objective-No psychosocial treatments have been developed for children with Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Severe Mood Dysregulation (SMD) despite the significant prevalence and morbidity of this combination. Therefore, the authors developed a novel treatment program for children with ADHD and SMD. Method-The novel therapy program integrates components of cognitive behavioral therapies for affect regulation with a parent training intervention for managing recurrent defiant behaviors. It consists of nine 105-minute child and parent groups run in unison. A pilot trial was conducted with seven participants with ADHD and SMD ages 7-12 who were on a stable stimulant regimen. Results-Six of the seven (86%) families completed the program. Participants showed large improvements in depressive symptoms, mood lability, and global functioning. Milder improvements in externalizing behaviors were observed. Conclusion-Results suggest the feasibility and potential efficacy of the therapy program for children with ADHD and SMD and warrant a larger controlled trial.
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James Waxmonsky, Fran Wymbs, Meaghan Pariseau, Peter Belin, Daniel Waschbusch, et al.. A Novel Group Therapy for Children With ADHD and Severe Mood Dysregulation. Journal of Attention Disorders, SAGE Publications, 2012, 17 (6), pp.527-541. ⟨10.1177/1087054711433423⟩. ⟨hal-02008904⟩

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