The treatment of ADHD often requires several interventions in your child’s many environments in order to improve his ability to function. Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and other organizations encourage doctors to work as a team with family and school or job personnel. Together you can set realistic treatment and performance goals and evaluate your child’s response in every area of activity.
Properly selected and attentively administered medications have generated life-changing results in children with ADHD. However, there are many issues to consider when you initiate drug treatment including the difficulty of diagnosing accurately, the ability and willingness to adhere to a strict treatment and medication regimen, the addicting potential of some of the medications. While medications are usually beneficial and well tolerated, there is the potential that important behavioral and lifestyle interventions are not utilized in combination with or in place of medications.
Typical treatment involves the following:Lifestyle changesMedicationsAlternative and complementary therapies
At this time, there are no surgical procedures for treating ADHD.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 09/2012 -
- Update Date: 00/91/2012 -