For people diagnosed with ADHD, no single treatment can be relied upon to completely treat the condition. Undesirable side effects to a medication might make that particular treatment unacceptable, for example. And if a person with ADHD with also diagnosed with anxiety or depression, a treatment combining medication and behavioral therapy might be best. Each person's needs and personal history must be carefully considered before starting any treatment program.
Treating ADHD is mainly administered through medical or behavioral therapies, or a combination of the two. However, effective treatment of AD/HD requires a comprehensive "multimodal" approach. This means that the best outcomes are achieved when multiple interventions work together as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Possible treatments for ADHD include:
For decades, medications have been used to treat the symptoms of ADHD. Both stimulant and non-stimulant medications are now available to physicians and parents. The medications that seem to be the most effective in treating Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are a class of drugs known as stimulants.
For many people, stimulants can dramatically reduce hyperactivity and impulsivity and improve ability to focus, work, and learn. But about one out of ten children is not helped by a stimulant medication and about 80 percent of children who need medication for ADHD still need it as teenagers (over 50 percent need medication as adults). Work with the prescribing physician to find the right medication and the right dosage
Positive behavior intervention can be critical in the treatment of ADHD. The most important techniques are consistency and positive reinforcement. Behavioral therapy can help teach children to control their behavior so they can do better at school and at home. Structure at home and at school is very important. Classroom success may require a range of interventions, from making minor adjustments in the regular classroom to requiring special education programs.
Work closely with your doctors tailor a treatment plan to your unique needs. And remember that multimodal treatment is the most effective form of treatment for children and adolescents with AD/HD. Various interventions of treatment reinforce each other and produce the best outcomes for people diagnosed with AD/HD. To learn more about treatment options for ADHD, ask your doctor or mental health specialist.