Family therapy: Family therapy can help parents and siblings deal with the stress of living with a child who has ADHD.
Behavioral therapy (BT): BT helps individuals with ADHD develop more effective ways to work on immediate issues. Practical assistance may be offered such as helping organize school tasks and studying for school, or assisting the individual with powerful emotional issues. Anger control is an example of BT.
Social skills training: Social relationships are studied with a therapist to help the individual with ADHD develop and maintain social relationships, like waiting for a turn, sharing toys, asking for help, or responding to teasing. Social skills training helps the child to develop better ways to play and work with other children, and provides the adult with better social skills.
Support groups: Support groups help individuals with ADHD and parents to connect with other people who have similar problems and concerns. Meetings occur on a regular basis (usually weekly) to share frustrations and successes and to hear lectures from experts on ADHD, obtain referrals to qualified specialists and information about what works.
Parenting skills training: Parents face special obstacles when raising a child with ADHD, and often feel frustrated and like there is no help. Parenting skills training is offered by therapists or in special classes, and can give parents tools and techniques for managing their child's behavior. Time outs, reward systems, and organization are just a few of the skills taught.
Stimulants: The most frequently prescribed medications for ADHD are stimulants, which work by stimulating the areas of the brain responsible for focus, attention, and impulse control. Stimulant drugs include methylphenidate (Ritalin®, Metadate®, Focalin®, Concerta®, Daytrana® - a topical methylphenidate patch), amphetamine, mixed salts (Adderall®, Adderall XR®), dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine®), modafinil (Provigil®), methamphetamine (Desoxyn®), and the recently approved lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse®).
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