Advertisement

What are the best long-term treatments for ADHD in children?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Researchers studying attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are still trying to identify the most effective long-term treatments for ADHD. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, a 1999 study showed that a combination of medication and behavioral therapies was most effective at reducing ADHD symptoms. This benefit seemed to last for several years.

However, a later study showed that, after many years, the effectiveness of combined medication and behavioral treatment might start to wear off. In 2007, Dr. Brooke Molina from the University of Pittsburgh reexamined the children from the 1999 study, who were now in high school. Results from this study showed that ADHD medication and behavioral treatment effects did not always last long-term. Most of the children who were using medications as treatment in 1999 had discontinued their medications by the 2007 follow-up. Those who were doing well in treatment in the 1999 study were still doing well in 2007. Interestingly, the youth who had discontinued medication treatment by 2007 were doing about as well as those who were still taking medication.

But, overall, the young people with ADHD were not as academically and socially prepared as their peers. Youth with ADHD also faced a higher risk of having mental health problems and trouble with the law than the average population.

Continue Learning about ADD/ADHD Treatment

What is cerebellar training for ADHD?
Daniel R. Spogen, MDDaniel R. Spogen, MD
The theory is that the neuro-connections between parts of the brain have been disrupted and the resu...
More Answers
What are the different treatment options for ADD?
Univ. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family MedicineUniv. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family Medicine
Treatment for attention deficit disorder (ADD) varies for each person. Your healthcare provider may ...
More Answers
Minimize Side Effects from ADHD Medications
Minimize Side Effects from ADHD Medications
What Are the Treatment Options for Adults with ADHD?
What Are the Treatment Options for Adults with ADHD?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.