Overcoming ADHD

Although there is no cure for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a variety of treatments and strategies are available that can help manage this condition. For example, it can help to have a daily routine that establishes a predictable schedule. This can include keeping a consistent bedtime and wakeup time, transitioning slowly from one activity to another, and organizing your child's belongings.

Can ADHD Be Overcome?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, known more commonly as ADHD, is one of the most common behavioral childhood disorders. The symptoms often appear early in a child's life and may extend into adolescence or adulthood. ADHD can affect many areas of a child's life, including success in school, social relationships, and self-esteem. Children with ADHD have difficulty:
 
  • Controlling their behaviors (impulsivity)
  • Staying focused and paying attention (inattention)
  • Staying still (hyperactivity).
 
Dealing with a child with ADHD can be challenging for the entire family, including parents, siblings, and the child with the condition. While there is no cure, there are ways to make the condition more manageable.
 
Available treatments, such as medication or behavioral therapy, can help control symptoms. In addition, there are a variety of things parents can do to help their child cope with this disorder. This article will discuss strategies that may help you and your child overcome ADHD.
 

Gather Information About ADHD

Learning as much as you can about ADHD is a great place to start. After your child is diagnosed, you will probably have quite a few questions. Write down all of your questions and start to gather information about the disorder. You might want to learn more about how the diagnosis was made, what kinds of symptoms to expect, and how the condition is usually treated.
 
Make sure you are aware of all the available treatment options and what to expect from each of them. Although it is impossible to predict how an individual child will respond to any given treatment, gathering as much information as you can will help you make important decisions about treatment choices for your child.
 
A variety of resources are available to help answer your questions about ADHD. Talk to your child's healthcare provider. He or she can answer many of the questions you have and can refer you to a specialist for additional information or guidance. Also, consider talking to other families to learn about strategies that worked for them. You may also find it helpful to read the following eMedTV articles:
 
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