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Psychosocial Treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00278473
First Posted: January 18, 2006
Last Update Posted: April 4, 2017
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Collaborator:
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  Purpose
This study will determine the effectiveness of group cognitive-behavioral therapy as compared to a problem-solving social support group in treating problems of time management, organization, and planning in adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Condition Intervention
Attention Deficit Disorder With Hyperactivity Behavioral: Meta-Cognitive Therapy Behavioral: Supportive Therapy

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Treatment of Meta-Cognitive Deficits in Adults With ADHD

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Further study details as provided by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Inattention Subscale [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
    Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Investigator Symptom Rating Scale (AISRS) Inattention subscale. Mean change score at 12 weeks as compared to baseline. Each item is scored as follows: 0 (none), 1 (mild), 2 (moderate), 3 (severe); the maximum total score with 27 points being the most severe.

  • Time Management, Organization, and Planning Subscale [ Time Frame: baseline and at 12 weeks ]

    Time management, organization, and planning subscale at posttreatment at 12 weeks as compared to baseline.

    The mean difference On Time Management Organization and Planning scale which is a 24-item self-report questionnaire that uses a 7-point Likert-type scale ranging from -3 (far below average) to +3 (far above average) and subsequently totaled to obtain a composite index of proficiency (possible scores range from -102 to +102), which was developed and previously used at the ADHD program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.



Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • CAARS-O:L [ Time Frame: baseline and at 12 weeks ]
    Change in the Conners Adult ADHD Rating Scales-Observer: Long Version (CAARS-O:L), inattention/memory subscale at 12 weeks as compared to baseline. 12 items subscale. T-score of at least 63 gives risk or possible diagnosis of ADHD. This number, lower or higher, does not indicate severity.

  • Beck Depression Inventory [ Time Frame: baseline and at 12 weeks ]

    Mean change in the Beck Depression Inventory Scale at 12 weeks as compared to baseline.

    The Beck Depression Inventory, 2nd edition to assess Depression symptoms. BDI-II scores range between 0 and 63, with categorical depression ratings of "minimal" (0-13), "mild" (14-19), "moderate" (20-28), and "severe" (29-63).


  • Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale [ Time Frame: baseline and at 12 weeks ]
    Mean Change in Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale at 12 weeks as compared to baseline. It consists of 14 items, each defined by a series of symptoms. Each item is rated on a 5-point scale, ranging from 0 (not present) to 4 (severe), with a total score range of 0-56, where <17 indicates mild severity, 18-24 mild to moderate severity and 25-30 moderate to severe.

  • Rosenberg Self-Esteem Inventory [ Time Frame: baseline and at 12 weeks ]
    Mean change in Rosenberg Self-Esteem Inventory score at 12 weeks as compared to baseline. The scale is a ten item Likert scale, ranging from 0-30. Scores between 15 and 25 are within normal range; scores below 15 suggest low self-esteem.


Enrollment: 88
Study Start Date: May 2005
Study Completion Date: October 2008
Primary Completion Date: October 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Meta-Cognitive Therapy
Cognitive behavioral group. Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on changing patterns of thinking and behavior. Each group consists of 6 to 8 members and sessions are led by a psychologist.
Behavioral: Meta-Cognitive Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Group Treatment
Other Name: Cognitive Behavioral Group
Active Comparator: Supportive Therapy
Social support problem-solving group. Social support problem-solving focuses on general support, problem solving, and information sharing. Each group consists of 6 to 8 members and sessions are led by a psychologist.
Behavioral: Supportive Therapy
Social Support Problem-Solving Group Treatment
Other Name: Social Support Problem-Solving Group

Detailed Description:

ADHD is a chronic neurobiological condition that affects people of all ages, genders, and races. Symptoms of ADHD may include, but are not limited to, the following: poor attention span; physical restlessness or hyperactivity; excessive impulsivity; chronic procrastination; frequently losing things; poor organization, planning, and time management skills; and excessive forgetfulness. Not every person with ADHD exhibits all of these symptoms, and the severity of the disorder can range from mild to severe. While there is no cure for ADHD, the condition can be managed with an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment. Left untreated, individuals with ADHD may experience significant impairment in social, emotional, occupational, and academic functioning. Stimulant and non-stimulant medications are usually effective in alleviating symptoms of ADHD in adults. However, some research suggests that medications may not effectively treat self-management functioning problems and that as many as one-third of adults with ADHD have inadequate responses to medication treatment. Additional research on the benefits of psychosocial treatments for ADHD in adults is needed. This study will determine the effectiveness of group cognitive-behavioral therapy as compared to a problem-solving social support group in treating problems of time management, organization, and planning in adults with ADHD.

Individuals interested in participating in this study will first undergo an assessment of their eligibility for inclusion in the study. The assessment will last approximately 6 hours, but can be broken up into as many as 4 separate visits. Eligible participants will be randomly assigned to either receive group cognitive-behavioral therapy or join a problem-solving social support group. Both groups will meet once a week for 12 weeks. Each session will last roughly 2 hours and will focus on building time management, organizational, and planning skills. Time management, planning, and organizational skill levels will be assessed at the treatment mid-point, immediately following the intervention, and at 3 and 6 months following the treatment. Self-esteem and symptoms of depression and anxiety will also be measured at these visits.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Suspected of having or have been diagnosed with ADHD
  • May potentially benefit from the ADHD group treatment

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any overt cognitive disability (e.g., Alzheimer's disease, mental retardation)
  • Deemed not to potentially benefit from the proposed ADHD group treatment
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00278473


Locations
United States, New York
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, New York, United States, 10029
Sponsors and Collaborators
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Mary V. Solanto, PhD Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00278473     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: GCO 03-1059
R34MH071721 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
DATR A2-AIR
First Submitted: January 13, 2006
First Posted: January 18, 2006
Results First Submitted: October 17, 2013
Results First Posted: April 4, 2017
Last Update Posted: April 4, 2017
Last Verified: February 2017

Keywords provided by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai:
Primarily Inattentive
Hyperactive Impulsive Type
Combined Type
ADHD
Adults
Psychological
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
Hyperkinesis
Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Mental Disorders
Dyskinesias
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms