Chapter

Adaptive Thinking

Steven A. Safren, Susan E. Sprich, Carol A. Perlman and Michael W. Otto

in Mastering Your Adult ADHD

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print May 2017 | ISBN: 9780190235567
Published online June 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190682989 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med:psych/9780190235567.003.0011

Series: Treatments That Work

Adaptive Thinking

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This chapter continues the discussion of the cognitive component of ADHD. The primary goal is for clients to learn how to develop alternative thoughts to replace their negative and/or unhelpful thoughts. The process, called adaptive thinking, involves observing one’s thoughts, labeling them as inaccurate or unhelpful, and then coming up with more accurate or helpful thoughts. We discuss ways to formulate helpful rational responses to use in place of negative automatic thoughts. The chapter includes instructions regarding how to review thought records. We use a coaching metaphor to explain helpful and unhelpful styles of coaching yourself/talking to yourself about situations.

Keywords: ADHD; coaching; rational response; cognitive restructuring; automatic thoughts

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Subjects: Clinical Adult Psychology ; Psychosocial Interventions and Psychotherapy

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