What are some alternative treatments to psychoanalysis


Summary:The brief description of various psychoanalytic conceptualizations of ADHD, some observations and data from the Frankfurt prevention study as well as from psychoanalytic therapies for children with this syndrome serve to illustrate that a psychoanalytic perspective on ADHD primarily focuses on individual psychodynamic backgrounds and personality structures. Early object relationship experiences, psychological and organic brain trauma caused by illnesses, loss or an extensive lack of stable early relationship experiences, migration and family persecution, but also other, less dramatic characteristics of a "changed childhood" can lead to the internal regulatory disorders that lead to the attention deficit and the Underlying hyperactivity: It is discussed in 7 different types of ADHD that there are many ways to ADHD according to DSM-IV: there is no monocausal explanation. The authors propose that today's psychoanalysis, like hardly any other psychological theory, has a rich spectrum of conceptualizations and clinical experiences that simultaneously take into account neurobiological, (unconscious) biographical and social factors. This represents a unique chance to decipher the complexities of the genesis and manifestations of ADHD in today's children. Therefore, they consider psychoanalytic therapies to be an obvious indication for children with ADHD. Psychoanalytical methods offer a successful, sustainable treatment option for these children and thus an alternative to treatment exclusively with medication. Tags ADHD - psychoanalytic treatments for children with ADHD - indication - neurobiolo- gical, genetic, and social factors of ADHD
Based on clinical experiences, results of the Frankfurt Prevention Study and arguments taken from a current interdisciplinary dialogue between psychoanalysis and neurobiology the authors discuss that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) always has to be understood as a product of complex interactions of (mostly unconscious) idiosyncratic, biographical, relational, institutional, societal as well as neurobiological, neurophysiological, and genetical factors. This is one reason why the authors think that psychoanalysis with its unique conceptualizations to understand psychic realities as products of such a complex intertwining of unconscious and reality factors, taking into account biological as well as societal roots of human behavior, could be egarded as one of the best available psychotherapeutic approach nowadays which is capable of eal theoretically and therapeutically with children suffering from ADHD. Psychoanalysis offers an alternative (with longlasting positive results) to exclusive treatments with psychostimulants. This thesis is discussed by short case studies illustrating 7 subgroups of children with very different inner conflicts and fantasies all being subsumed under the ADHD diagnosis in DSM-IV. Keywords ADHD - psychoanalytic treatment of ADHD children - indication - neurobiological, genetic, societal factors of ADHD