If you or your child has attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder (ADHD), there are several effective ways to treat it. Getting a
diagnosis and starting treatment early is always best. Treatment is available
for children, teens and adults. The best treatment varies from person to
person. Also, a person's treatment might change with age. But most children
and adults can find a treatment that works well for them. Here are six options
you should know about.
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Behavioral therapy is training that teaches a child to
replace or reduce disruptive behaviors. These behaviors affect children, their
families and their playmates. This treatment involves a trained ADHD therapist
working with a child. It is the first therapy used for children younger than 6.
The therapy works best when started as early as possible.
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A therapist can also work with the parents of a child with
ADHD. It helps parents learn skills to help their child manage symptoms of
ADHD. This is especially helpful when children are 4 to 5 years old. The same
therapy can help teachers and child care providers. They, too, can learn how to
help children manage ADHD symptoms.
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Combining behavior therapy with medication may be the best
treatment for school-age children and adolescents. Behavior therapy can include
classroom behavior management and organizational skills training. Medications
are usually stimulants. These drugs help most children and adolescents with ADHD.
Non-stimulant drugs also are an option. They do not work as quickly, but they
do help some people.
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Many other health conditions often occur along with ADHD in
children and adolescents. These conditions also need treatment. The exact type
of treatment will depend on the condition. These conditions include anxiety,
depression, learning disabilities, and conduct disorders. Teens with ADHD are
at increased risk for problems with alcohol, drugs and smoking. There are
therapy options for all of these conditions.
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In adults with ADHD, medications are the most important
therapy. As with younger people, most medications are stimulants. However, many
adults with ADHD also suffer from anxiety. Sometimes, stimulant drugs do not
help anxiety. A type of psychological therapy called cognitive behavioral
therapy (CBT) can be helpful for adults with ADHD and anxiety. During CBT, a
therapist teaches you how to replace negative thoughts and actions with
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Coaching is one of the newest therapies for ADHD. An ADHD coach is a mental health provider trained to help a person with ADHD stay organized and focused. ADHD coaching includes time management and goal setting. Coaching can be in person or online. A session often lasts 30 to 60 minutes. Coaching is most often an option for teens and adults. It also can be used along with medications and other therapies. Search Healthgrades.comfor help finding an ADHD specialist.