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What are the differences between drugs or other therapies to treat ADHD?

Javier A. Hiriart, MD
Internal Medicine
Every child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) represents a unique situation, and treatment for the condition (including the use of drugs and other therapies) should be based on a variety of factors, including the age and the severity of the condition. ADHD is a biological disorder characterized by hyperactivity, impulsiveness and attention problems.

In the U.S., about six million children have been diagnosed with ADHD. Historically, treatment for the disorder has been fiercely divided between two extremes -- no medication or overmedication -- with backlashes from either camp. The pendulum usually swings too far to either one side or the other. There has to be a middle ground, somewhere in between -- both rational and appropriate. Parents should discuss their child’s behavior, as well as any academic or social difficulties, with their pediatrician or family doctor.

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