How to Treat and Manage ADHD: A Look at the Most Common Remedies
ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is an ailment found in children, and for the past couple of decades, it has gained significant attention from the medical world to a point that there already are various treatment options made available, although the sad fact is it still does not have a cure. Today, the key is managing the symptoms to make sure ADHD does not entirely deprive the child of his or her right to live a normal life.
When it comes to treatment variation, ADHD is controlled or managed using prescription medication and/or behavioral intervention. Thankfully, many cases of ADHD have been managed or treated using medication alone.
Below is a look at the various treatment options available for ADHD today:
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1 – Stimulant/Non-Stimulant Medication
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One of the most commonly prescribed ADHD drugs are referred to as central nervous system or CNS stimulants. They work by increasing the amounts of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain, thereby improving the patient’s tendency to concentrate and focus. Some examples of CNS stimulants are dextromethylphenidate, methylphenidate, and amphetamine.
There are also instances in which doctors prefer to prescribe non-stimulant medication. There are two possible reasons why a doctor will prescribe non-stimulant medication: first, because the use of stimulants caused alarming side effects to the child or patient, and second, the stimulants didn’t work.
2 – Therapeutic ADHD Treatments
While medication is the mainstream treatment option, doctors can likewise administer therapeutic treatment, if they deem it necessary to help a child in dealing with ADHD. For example, a proven method of helping a child open up about his or her feelings when it comes to coping with the disorder is through psychotherapy. There is a wide consensus that psychotherapy is indeed helpful and effective in helping kids with ADHD improve their skills in building friendly relationships and positive interaction with other people.
Aside from psychotherapy, another therapeutic ADHD treatment called behavior therapy teaches children to monitor their behavior and then train them how to change inappropriate ones. Highly specialized strategies will be used for teaching the child to behave in a such a way that his or her response to a specific situation is similar to how a normal child will respond.
Another type of therapeutic ADHD treatment, called social skills training is applied when the child with the disorder shows tangible signs that he or she can’t properly deal with social environments. It has some semblance to that of behavior therapy, but the difference is that the focus of the teaching process is to help the child develop appropriate behaviors as a means of response when interacting with other people.
As a parent of a child with ADHD, it is your responsibility to consult and talk to a doctor to figure out which treatment is potentially the most effective.