ADHD Treatment Options

February 27, 2018

 

What is ADHD?

 

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sometimes called Attention-deficit disorder (ADD), is a neuro-behavioral disorder where there is an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity/impulsivity. ADHD is one of the most common mental disorders among children. The disorder also occurs in adults, both those who had ADHD as children and those who didn’t. {Read more about ADHD here}

 

Common Treatment Options

 

There are many treatment options for ADHD. Some of the most common include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), stimulant medications (such as methylphenidate and amphetamines) and non-stimulant medications (such as atomoxetine and guanfacine), and neurofeedback (also known as EEG-biofeedback). These different types of therapies are often combined to create a comprehensive treatment plan.

 

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

 

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of talk therapy which is recommended by the CDC as the first line of treatment for ADHD. Behavioral therapy focuses on changing how an individual thinks about a situation in order to change specific patterns of behavior. When used to treat ADHD in children, therapists generally work with both the parent/s and child in order to change behaviors and household norms. {Read more about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for ADHD here}

 

 

Stimulant Medications

 

The most commonly prescribed medications for ADHD are stimulants, such as methylphenidate and amphetamines. Stimulant drugs work on the central nervous system by increasing the amounts of hormones called dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. They are often effective in increasing concentration and decreasing the fatigue common in ADHD. {Read more about medications for ADHD here}

 

Neurofeedback


Neurofeedback has been used as a treatment for ADHD in clinics for over 40 years, and in some studies it has even been found to be as effective as medication in treating symptoms of inattention and impulsivity. It can be used together with other treatment options, such as behavioral therapy or medication. Neurofeedback is safe and effective and has few side effects. {Read more about neurofeedback training for ADHD here}

 

 

 

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