ADHD: Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Information on therapy and medication treatments for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Related Links: ADHD: What is Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder ? (Part 1 of 3) | HealthiNation ADHD: Signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Part 2 of 3) | HealthiNation Treating ADHD There is no single treatment for children with ADHD. The best management is believed to be a combination of therapy, medication, and a strong social support system at home and at school. Therapeutic Approaches Behavioral Therapy. This uses a reward system to reinforce positive actions. On the flipside it uses a punishment system, like a “time-out,’ to discourage negative actions. Psychotherapy. Your child will meet with a psychologist or psychiatrist. Both can conduct therapy sessions, but only a psychiatrist can prescribe medications. During these sessions, your child will talk about what is happening in his or her life, and how he/she feels in different situations. Family Therapy. Family therapy is used to teach parents, brothers and sisters to understand ADHD and how to live with a family member who has it. Medications For some children, medications may be an appropriate form of treatment, especially if the disorder is severe. Work with your doctor to uss the benefits and risks of each medication. Stimulants. Stimulants are typically the first drug of choice, and have a long safety history. It’s believed they help regulate natural

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