Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a newer evidenced based approach (like CBT) that encourages people to embrace their thoughts and feelings rather than fighting or feeling guilty for them. Why ACT therapy for ADHD? Because ACT acknowledges that the intrinsic importance of a task and the rewards (pleasure) a person gets from accomplishing the task aren’t enough to motivate many of those with ADHD to take action. It is based on values.

 

ACT therapy solves the problem by having the individual focus on values, not the importance of a task, to spur motivation. It develops psychological flexibility and is a form of behavioral therapy that combines mindfulness skills with the practice of self-acceptance. When aiming to be more accepting of your thoughts and feelings, commitment plays a key role.

 

In the case of ACT, you commit to facing the problem head-on rather than avoiding your stresses. Imagine committing to actions that help you facilitate your experience and embrace any challenge.

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