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The Pros and Cons of Behavior Therapy
By teaching parents and children certain techniques for changing behaviors, or by providing an outlet for exploring thoughts and feelings, behavior therapy may improve self-efficacy and self-esteem. In these ways, it could have lasting positive effects in multiples areas of life.
 
In addition, behavior therapy does not come with the side effects associated with ADHD medications. However, studies have shown that behavior therapy does not work as well as medications do in reducing symptoms of ADHD.
 
Of the available behavior therapy treatment options, there is less evidence to support the effectiveness of psychotherapy or social skills training. This does not mean that these therapies do not work. However, they may be best for use in combination with behavioral therapy or social skills training.
 

Final Thoughts on the Ins and Outs of ADHD Treatment

Talk to your child's healthcare provider about all of the possible ADHD treatment options for your child. After taking into consideration your child's individual situation, as well as the goals for your child's treatment, the healthcare provider can recommend a treatment plan unique to your child's needs.
 
Also, try not to get too frustrated if a treatment does not work optimally for your child. Remember that you and your child may need to try several different ADHD treatments before the optimal treatment is found.
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