Interventions for adults with ADHD and their significant others
Cognitive behavior therapy-based psychoeducational groups for adults with ADHD and their significant others (PEGASUS).
Knowledge about ADHD is generally low in society and individuals with ADHD as well as people close to them are at high risk to be confronted with stigma, prejudices and discrimination. The PEGASUS program for adults with ADHD and their significant others is a highly structured manualized psychoeducational intervention, designed to constitute a first non-pharmacological intervention after the establishment of an ADHD diagnosis at adult age. The overarching goal of the treatment is to increase the participant’s knowledge about ADHD, including information on different strategies, treatments, and support options (provided by psychiatric care and other organizations in society) that may facilitate the management of ADHD related difficulties in daily life.
The aim of this project is to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of PEGASUS for adults with ADHD and their significant others in a psychiatric outpatient context. Findings from the first open study endorsed the potential value of psychoeducation for adults with ADHD and their significant others:
Cognitive behavior therapy-based psychoeducational groups for adults with ADHD and their significant others (PEGASUS): an open clinical feasibility trial.
Hirvikoski T, Waaler E, Lindström T, Bölte S, Jokinen J
Atten Defic Hyperact Disord 2015 Mar;7(1):89-99
An ongoing randomized controlled trial will generate further evidence of the PEGASUS program.
Structured skills training groups for adults with ADHD
This project evaluates dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) –based skills training groups for adults with ADHD, originally developed in Germany (Hesslinger, Richter & Philipsen, 2004). Our studies are conducted in a Swedish outpatient psychiatric context. In a previous randomized controlled trial (Hirvikoski et al., 2011, Behavior Research and Therapy), we reported good feasibility and treatment acceptability as well as significant symptom reduction after skills training in adults with ADHD. The aim of the on-going study is to to analyze the impact of clinical characteristics on the treatment effect and completion of treatment. Research group: Elin Morgensterns, Julia Alfredsson, and Tatja Hirvikoski.
Structured skills training groups for adults with ADHD and severe substance use disorder
We are currently also evaluating feasibility of the DBT-based skills training group as a voluntary intervention in a compulsory care context for adults with ADHD and severe SUD. More information can be found here.