Treatment of ADHD
It is possible for children to outgrow the symptoms of ADHD, but many carry the condition into adulthood. Though there is no cure, ADHD treatment options are available, including:
- Medications. Both stimulants and non-stimulants have been used to treat ADHD. Stimulants have been used for decades to help regulate dopamine and norepinephrine levels. Non-stimulants, a treatment option established in 2005, help regulate norepinephrine by blocking its uptake. Examination and monitoring of symptoms will help a doctor decide on the best course of treatment.
- Behavioral Therapy. Behavioral therapy is designed to help curb the negative aspects of a child's behavior by rewarding positive behavior, placing consequences on negative behavior and helping the child build better relationships and a better understanding of social situations.
Treatment may also include a combination of these two streams, depending on the specific case. Along with a customized treatment plan and ongoing monitoring, communication and collaboration between parents and family, schools and medical professionals is strongly recommended for successful management of the condition.
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