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Treatments for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
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Treatments for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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The treatment of ADHD requires comprehensive interventions in your child’s multiple environments in order to improve his or her ability to function. Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and other organizations encourage physicians and other healthcare professionals to work as a team with family and school or job personnel. Together you can set realistic treatment and performance goals and evaluate your child’s response in every area of activity.

Properly selected and attentively administered medications have generated life-changing results in children with ADHD. However, there are many issues to consider when you initiate drug treatment: the difficulty of accurate diagnosis, the vigilance required to monitor and adjust medication, the addicting potential of the medications, and the tendency to over treat with medication while ignoring behavioral and lifestyle interventions. These concerns make treatment of ADHD a controversial issue in the field of medicine.

Treatment involves the following:

Lifestyle changes
Medications
Alternative and complementary therapies

At this time, there are no surgical procedures for treating ADHD.

References:

ADHD. American Academy of Pediatrics website. Available at: http://www.aap.org/healthtopics/adhd.cfm. Accessed April 1, 2007.

ADHD: a guide for families. American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry website. Available at: http://www.aacap.org/cs/adhd_a_guide_for_families/resources_for_families_adhd_a_guide_for_families. Accessed April 1, 2007.

AD/HD and kids. Mental Health America website. Available at: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/information/get-info/ad/hd/ad/hd-and-kids/ad/hd-and-kids. Accessed April 1, 2007.

American Academy of Pediatrics website. Available at: www.aap.org/ .

Attention Deficit Disorder Association. Available at: http://www.add.org. Accessed April 1, 2007.

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder website. Available at: http://www.chadd.org. Accessed April 1, 2007.

Children and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. American Psychiatric Association website. Available at: http://www.healthyminds.org/adhdfacts.cfm. Accessed April 1, 2007.



Last reviewed April 2007 by Janet Greenhut, MD, MPH

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


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