A 28-year-old associate attorney named “Mike” started treatment with Dr. Shinar to help him overcome severe issues of procrastination as a result of his diagnosis of ADD, even though he was taking his medications regularly. He complained that his job was in jeopardy if he didn’t make changes immediately. Treatment focused on helping Mike better organize his tasks, become more accountable for his actions and inactions, and use charting/notes/list making techniques to improve productivity at work. Within 6 months of treatment, Mike showed a marked improvement in his focus at work and 4 months later was promoted to head associate!
A 32-year-old nonprofit executive named “Caitlin” began treatment with Dr. Shinar after realizing how much her ADD symptoms affected her social life, even more so than her work life. Her friends and family repeatedly complained that Caitlin would miss 9 out of 10 social events, evidenced by canceling last minute or sometimes even “just not showing up.” After noticing that her friends were beginning to drift away and cease inviting her to gatherings which led to Caitlin feeling rejected and significantly reducing her self-esteem, Caitlin needed help. Within four months of therapy, Caitlin developed better skills to keep track of social/family plans, increase her level of awareness, communication, empathy, and realize the negative impact of her actions on her family and friends. As a result, she was invited to more social gatherings and improved her feelings of self esteem and self worth.
A 23-year-old PhD grad student at NYU named “Gavin” suffered from the consequences of ADHD since he was diagnosed at age 8. His high level of intelligence helped propel him through academic challenges for most of his life but found himself struggling in his demanding neurobiology PhD program. Even though his grades in grad school were relatively high, Gavin’s professors warned him that it was taking him too long to submit assignments, paper drafts, and updates. This left Gavin feeling highly anxious about his reputation and potential to lose his scholarship or place in the coveted PhD program. CBT techniques focused mainly on improving his poor organizational and time management skills, while also challenging this distorted thinking patterns such as, “They will kick me out of the program and I’ll lose my scholarship.” After dedicating 8 months to weekly treatment and completing his weekly CBT homework assignments, Gavin noticed his professors began praising him more than criticizing him and his “academic self-esteem” started to significantly improve!