Cognitive training in ADHD

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by problems related to attention, impulsivity and hyperactivity/restlessness, with an estimated prevalence of 2 to 4% in the adult population. Adults with ADHD had similar problems in childhood, but level of impairment across the lifespan varies a lot between individuals within the diagnostic group.

In spite of the many negative consequences to everyday functioning experienced by a majority of adults with ADHD, they are offered few treatment options. Medication may reduce the symptoms and help the adult in specific situations. However, there is an increasing demand from adults with ADHD for other treatment options and not at least goal directed follow-up procedures. This motivated our engagement in the ADHD case within INTROMAT.

Inspired by established skill-learning programs, we aim to develop a treatment option addressing everyday problems met by adults with ADHD. Group sessions focusing skill-based training will be extended by a plan for providing long-lasting effects of the treatment. This plan will include a feedback loop to the health worker in case the adult needs a revised plan. Adaptive technology will be developed to strengthen the effect of the treatment procedure and its effect on her and his life thereafter.