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What is the treatment for attention disorders?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
The treatment for attention disorders, like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), is pretty similar for children, teenagers, and adults. Your best bet is to visit your doctor or a psychologist to design a treatment plan that works for you. To get started, ask your doctor about ADHD medications. Medications have different side effects, and some work better than others. Don't give up if you don't like the first drug you try.

Along with ADHD medications, there are multiple treatments available in a therapist's office. Individual therapy can help you learn ways to manage your ADHD symptoms at home, school, or work. Family therapy may help you, your spouse, and your other children, if ADHD symptoms cause strife at home. If your child suffers socially due to his ADHD symptoms, consider social skills training groups. In these groups, children have a chance to process their feelings and learn healthier ways to get along with others. Ask your child's therapist about home visits. Many professionals work with children at home and in the school setting.

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