If you do decide to try medication, be aware that stimulants (like Ritalin) are not your only option. Some people with ADHD respond well to antidepressants, like Wellbutrin-XL and Cymbalta. Antidepressants appear to help people with ADHD control their impulses and slow down their thoughts.

Conversely, you should never feel pressured to dispense medication if you’re not comfortable with it or your child responds well to other treatments. Children with mild ADHD often thrive when provided with education and counselling, even if they never take medication. Additionally, certain lifestyle modifications—like eating a nutritious diet, taking up exercise, and taking specific supplements—can sometimes reduce problematic ADHD symptoms. It should be understood that medication is the last resort and should only be used if natural remedies and psychotherapy fail to mitigate the symptoms of ADHD. 

Most children with ADHD begin to flourish almost immediately after finding the treatment modality that works for them. They’re able to channel their energy productively and effectively, and their peer relationships become more harmonious and dynamic. When equipped with the right tools, these kids learn how to work with—rather than against—their innate strengths and weaknesses. When this happens, God’s greater plan for them becomes fully evident in their continued health, happiness, and serenity.