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When is medication needed to treat ADHD in children?

Javier A. Hiriart, MD
Internal Medicine
While behavior therapy and an individual education plan (IEP) may be sufficient for treatment if your child receives a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), some severe cases may require medication. This might apply if the condition interferes with a child’s learning development, school performance, mental health and self-esteem. The situation can be compared to treatment of asthma, where children with mild cases might not need daily prescription medicine, but severe cases might require regular doses of medicine, with periodic review of the need for ongoing treatment.

In addition to medication, however, parents should work closely with a family therapist, doctor and educators to create a comprehensive treatment plan. Healthcare providers and families can work together to make sure children with ADHD receive the most appropriate treatment.

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