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Medications Used to Treat ADHD

Research has shown that treating ADHD with certain medications (stimulants, in most cases) and behavior therapies help children with this condition control their activity level and impulsiveness, pay attention, and focus on tasks. A few of the stimulants commonly prescribed for ADHD include:
Despite data showing that stimulant medications are safe, there are widespread misunderstandings about the safety and use of these drugs for ADHD treatment, and some healthcare practitioners are reluctant to prescribe them. Like all medications, those used for ADHD do have side effects and need to be closely monitored.
(Click ADHD Medications for more information about the various medications used to treat ADHD, including non-stimulant options.)

Behavior Therapy as an ADHD Treatment

Medications can help children with ADHD in everyday life. They may be better able to control some of the behavior problems that have led to trouble with parents and siblings. However, it takes time to undo the frustration, blame, and anger that may have gone on for so long.
Both parents and children may need special help to develop techniques for managing the patterns of behavior. In such cases, therapy is recommended. Mental health professionals can counsel the child and the family, helping them to develop new skills, attitudes, and ways of relating to each other.
Several intervention approaches are available for the treatment of ADHD. Knowing something about the various types of interventions makes it easier for families to choose a therapist that is right for their needs.
Some of the therapy options used to treat ADHD include:
  • Psychotherapy
  • Behavior therapy
  • Social skills training
  • Support groups
  • Parenting skill training
  • Behavioral interventions.
(Click Behavior Therapy for ADHD for more information about this treatment option.)
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