Treatment option for ADHD include medication, behavior modification, counseling, family therapy, and support groups.
Medications for ADHD
Many medications have been approved for use in the treatment of ADHD. Stimulant medications, such as Ritalin, Adderal, and Dexadrine, are have proven highly effective in treating ADHD. For many children, stimulants will decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity and improve their ability to concentrate. Stimulant medication comes in both long acting and short acting forms.
Not all children will respond well to stimulant medications. Side effects such as insomnia and weight loss may occur. Strattera, a non-stimulant medication, has also been approved for the treatment of ADHD. Strattera takes up to six weeks to take effect. There is no one single medication that will work for every child. Your doctor will work with you to determine the right medication for your child.
Other Treatments for ADHD
Behavior Modification - Behavior modification techniques such as use of a token system, star chart, or other reward system may be helpful in improving behavior in ADHD children.
Classroom or assignment modifications - ADHD children may need adjustments to their classroom setting. Reducing external stimulus in the classroom and other strategies to avoid distractions may be necessary. Shorter assignments may also be useful for the inattentive child. Parents and teachers should work together on developing a plan to improve the child's chance of success.
Counseling - Counseling can be an effective way in helping children cope with ADHD. ADHD children often have difficulty in social settings. Talking with a therapist or counselor may help children understand their feelings or emotions.
Support Groups - Support groups have proven to be an excellent resource for parents a place to share their frustrations and learn from each other better strategies to cope with ADHD.
CHADD - Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
8181 Professional Place
Landover, MD 20785
Tel: 301-306-7070 800-233-4050
Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
P.O. Box 543
Pottstown, PA 19464