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Can medication cure attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Current medications do not cure ADHD. Rather, they control the symptoms for as long as they are taken. Medications can help a child pay attention and complete schoolwork. It is not clear, however, whether medications can help children learn or improve their academic skills. Adding behavioral therapy, counseling, and practical support can help children with ADHD and their families to better cope with everyday problems.

This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Diana K. Blythe, MD
Pediatrics
Medication cannot cure ADHD/ADD, but it can help the symptoms. Many medications for ADHD are stimulants which help in the ability to concentrate. Other medications help by treating the depression that often goes along with ADHD/ADD. As there are many facets to ADHD/ADD, talking to your doctor about what symptom is bothering you the most, can help your doctor decide on the proper treatment.
Iris Rodriguez-Johnson, MD
Pediatrics
Medications that are used for ADHD can not cure it, but can treat its symptoms to help the patient to function normally.

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