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Is medication the only treatment option for ADHD?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

While medication is effective for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), especially when combined with therapy, you can use therapy alone. One benefit of therapy is that your child is not bothered by side effects. Some of the most highly regarded treatments for ADHD, aside from drugs, include:

  • family therapy
  • individual therapy
  • behavior modification
  • social and educational groups

These treatments offer you and your child a chance to learn new strategies to overcome the trials and tribulations of ADHD. While this may seem appealing, know that the combination of medication and behavioral treatment is often the most effective way to deal with childhood ADHD. Talk to your pediatrician, child psychiatrist, or therapist to learn more about treatments available for you.

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner
Medication is not the only treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, experts recommend that people combine ADHD medication with behavioral therapy treatment for the best results. This combination is the most effective treatment for ADHD. Talk to your doctor if you are concerned about ADHD medications. Ask about possible side effects. If you experience any problems on the medications, talk to your doctor, who may change your dose or recommend that you try a new medication.

Nope. Like most things, there are alternatives. Effective non-drug treatment for ADHD includes behavior modification, family or individual therapy, and social and educational support groups.

Talk to your pediatrician, child psychiatrist, or therapist to learn more about what treatments might work best for you. One approach definitely does not fit all.

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