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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Treatments

(Also Known As: Adhd Treatments, ADD Treatments, Hyperactive Treatments, Attention Deficit Disorder Treatments, Attention Disorder Treatments)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Kinds of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Treatments are Available?

The parent and family of a child diagnosed with ADHD definitely wants the best treatment for their child, and what seem to be the most effective one is still a hot debate. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, from their publication Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Revised September 2002, NIH Publication No. 03-3572, there is no best treatment for a child having ADHD. The needs and personal history of the child should be cautiously considered when choosing the best treatment.

Medications that appear to be the most effective in treating ADHD and are the most common medication prescribed for both children and adults are the psychostimulants. These are methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta), dextroamphetamine/amphetamine (Adderall), and dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine). Medications like this help children to be more focused in school, at home, or when doing other activities like playing. Even though these drugs can show improvement in your child and lessen symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily treat ADHD itself and can sometimes produce side effects. There are other treatments for children who have ADHD such as counseling, special accommodations in the classroom, and family and community support. 3

Counseling therapies are presented by professionals who are trained and experienced in treating ADHD and these are conducted by a psychiatrist, psychologist, social workers or other mental health care professional. These therapies include:

  • Psychotherapy that makes patients discusses their thoughts, feelings and concerns and then is taught how to deal with them.
  • Behavior therapy is a helpful form of therapy that educates parents and teachers on strategies and techniques in dealing with children having ADHD.
  • Family therapy is a kind of therapy that is useful for parents, siblings and other members of the family to know how to deal with a child having ADHD.
  • Social skills training is a form of teaching the children proper behavior when in public.
  • Support groups offer adults and children information about ADHD and social support for them.
  • Parenting skills training is a method that helps parents to expand their understanding regarding the actions and manner of their child.

Aside from medications and behavior therapies, there are some treatments that are currently untested and still under experimentation such as:

  • Biofeedback, which is a stress-reduction technique that helps individual to control heart rate and muscle tension
  • Brain wave feedback that teaches how to control the brain wave patterns using electroencephalography (EEG) feedback. This approach is occasionally done while playing a video game.
  • Special diets that eliminates additives that will cause hyperactivity like sugar, caffeine, wheat, milk and eggs.
  • Supplements like fatty acids, ginko or megadoses of vitamins

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