Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD

Targeting Executive Dysfunction

Mary V. Solanto

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August 21, 2013
ISBN 9781462509638
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214 Pages
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Copyright Date: 2011
June 16, 2011
Price: $30.00
214 Pages
Copyright Date: 2011
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This highly practical book provides evidence-based strategies for helping adults with ADHD build essential skills for time management, organization, planning, and coping. Each of the 12 group sessions—which can also be adapted for individual therapy—is reviewed in step-by-step detail. Handy features include quick-reference Leader Notes for therapists, engaging in-session exercises, and reproducible take-home notes and homework assignments. The paperback edition includes the adult ADHD criteria from DSM-5. The treatment program presented in this book received the Innovative Program of the Year Award from CHADD (Children and Adults with ADHD).

“Even as an experienced clinician, I found the book peppered with insightful, clever tidbits that shifted my understanding of ADHD and how I work with these clients. We need more books like this!”

ADDitude Magazine

“An oasis in an evidence-based treatment manual desert....What makes this book and the treatment manual that it contains so unique is that it is based on the treatment administered in past clinical research by Dr. Solanto's group....Further, this is the first manualized group treatment for ADHD in adulthood. Dr. Solanto's treatment is a cognitive-behavioral therapy that targets the executive functioning deficits regularly compromised in ADHD, particularly time management, planning, and organization....I found this book and its evidence-based treatment manual to be a user-friendly, yet detailed 'how-to' resource that also incorporates theory on executive functioning. This book should belong to anybody interested in working with adults diagnosed with ADHD. Adults diagnosed with ADHD often struggle in various aspects of their lives and need to find ways to cope with their presenting concerns. This book provides clear, practical, and accessible guidelines to assist such patients. In a field that is in its early stages of development, this book sets a benchmark for manualized adult ADHD treatments and will serve to ensure the growth of evidence-based approaches to treating ADHD in adulthood.”

Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology

“Few have done more than Solanto and her colleagues to advance our knowledge of cognitive-behavioral therapy for adults with ADHD. Now Solanto has produced a detailed, highly useful 'how-to-do-it' guide to implementing this effective approach. The treatment addresses the principal executive function deficits that characterize ADHD and helps adults manage their disorder more effectively. This is a 'must-have' manual for therapists, clinical trainees and graduate students, and others working with adults with ADHD.”

—Russell A. Barkley, PhD, ABPP, ABCN, Department of Psychiatry, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

“Solanto, one of the foremost experts in CBT for adult ADHD, has produced a state-of-the-art book that represents a tremendous advance for clinicians. This practical volume provides the rationale for conducting CBT with this population along with 'how-to' instructions and materials. I highly recommend it.”

—Lenard Adler, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Director, Adult ADHD Program, New York University School of Medicine

“This book presents one of the few evidence-based psychosocial treatments for adults with ADHD that have emerged in recent years. Solanto's group treatment approach is an asset to clinicians. It allows multiple patients to benefit at once as they gain coping skills and receive social support from others with similar impairments.”

—Steven A. Safren, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital

“Pills do not build skills. Adults with ADHD need to learn the basic organizational skills that are essential to activities of daily living, even when symptoms improve. This book is a clearly written, hands-on tool that will help therapists move beyond the prescription to provide effective psychological treatment.”

—Margaret D. Weiss, MD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Canada

Table of Contents

Introduction, Mary V. Solanto


1. The Adult with ADHD and the Development of the Treatment Program, Mary V. Solanto

2. Diagnostic Evaluation of ADHD in Adults, Mary V. Solanto, David J. Marks, and Jeanette Wasserstein

3. How to Be a Successful Therapist: A Guide to Substance and Style, Mary V. Solanto, David J. Marks, and Jeanette Wasserstein

4. Profiles of Patient Response to the Treatment: Tailoring Therapy to Individual Cases, Mary V. Solanto, David J. Marks, Jeanette Wasserstein, and Katherine J. Mitchell

5. Modifying the Treatment for Use in Individual Therapy, Jeanette Wasserstein, Mary V. Solanto, and David J. Marks

6. Evidence Base for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, David J. Marks



About the Author

Mary V. Solanto, PhD, is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the New York University (NYU) Child Study Center at the NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Solanto has worked extensively with adults and children with ADHD. Her research and publications address the cognitive and behavioral functioning of individuals with ADHD, the effects of psychostimulants, and characteristics of the subtypes of ADHD. Dr. Solanto is active in the training of psychiatrists and psychologists to diagnose and treat ADHD and related disorders. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Attention Disorders and presents to adult groups on strategies to improve organization and self-management.


David J. Marks, PhD, is Director of the Mount Sinai Learning and Development Center in New York City.

Katherine J. Mitchell, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice, Assistant Clinical Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Attending Psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center's Substance Abuse Treatment Program in New York City.

Jeanette Wasserstein, PhD, is a clinical neuropsychologist in private practice in New York City and serves on the clinical faculty of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.


Clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, and social workers.