How is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) treated?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

People try all sorts of treatments for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), including special diets, hypnosis, acupuncture, and more. Right now, the best treatment for ADHD is a combination of ADHD medication and behavioral treatments.

If you are interested in learning more about medication for ADHD, talk to your doctor. To get started with behavioral treatment, locate a therapist that specializes in ADHD treatment. Plenty of psychologists and licensed counselors devote their days to helping children and adults with ADHD. Ideally, you will seek both medical and behavioral treatments. Stay with them. Consistent treatment seems to offer the best help in reducing the symptoms of ADHD.

Dr. Diana K. Blythe, MD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can be treated in many different ways. Behavioral therapy helps while the person is doing it but the benefits decrease once out of the treatment. Combining behavioral therapy with stimulant medication seems to be the best treatment, but many people do not feel they have time for the therapy part or cannot find an experienced ADHD therapist they like. In addition to stimulant medications, non-stimulants and some antidepressants are used. Talk to your doctor about what symptoms of ADHD have the most negative effect on your life in order to decide what the right treatment for you is.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is treated in a number of ways. Medicine is one type of treatment that can make it easier for people with ADHD to pay attention, focus, and sit still or wait their turn. Along with medicine, there's also another kind of treatment called behavioral therapy that can help people with ADHD control the way they act. With behavioral therapy, people learn strategies to deal with their ADHD, like learning how to stop and think before they act, or how to organize their stuff so they’re less forgetful.

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