Early maladaptive schemas in adult patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

By demonstrating the existence of early maladaptive schemas in adults suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, this study suggests that schema theory may usefully be applied to adult ADHD therapy

Alexandra Philipsen

2016

Scholarcy highlights

  • The main purpose of this study was to examine whether adult patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder demonstrate sets of dysfunctional cognitive beliefs and behavioural tendencies according to Jeffrey Young’s schema-focused therapy model
  • Patients with ADHD scored significantly higher than the control group on almost all maladaptive schemas
  • The schemas which were most pronounced in adult patients with ADHD correspond well with their learning histories and core symptoms
  • By demonstrating the existence of early maladaptive schemas in adults suffering from ADHD, this study suggests that schema theory may usefully be applied to adult ADHD therapy
  • Alexandra Philipsen has received advisory board fees, lecture fees and congress support from Medice; advisory board fees and lecture fees from Lilly, Novartis and Shire, congress support from Servier and Medice, travel grant and lecture fees from Lundbeck within the last 5 years. She has authored books and articles on adult ADHD published by Elsevier, Hogrefe, Schattauer, MWV, Springer, Kohlhammer and Karger
  • Müller and Sigrid Breit report no conflict of interest

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