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How is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Treated?

There is no cure for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; however, there are several treatment strategies that can be effective in helping the individual and others around them in managing the disorder.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is most commonly treated and supported by:

  • Medication
  • Behavioural Therapy
  • Support within a school setting

The specific treatments used will depend on what problems the individual with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is having, but normally a combined approach of all three treatments will be required.

Medication

Medications are thought to reduce hyperactivity and impulsiveness and increase attention span by altering the levels of certain chemicals within the brain.

The type of medication used for ADHD will depend on several factors which include:

  • Symptoms experiences
  • Any associated medical conditions
  • The child's response to the medicine
  • Any side-effects experienced

Common medications for ADHD include:

  • Methylphenidate e.g. Ritalin
  • Dexamfetamine e.g. Dexedrine
  • Atomexetine

Behavioural Therapy

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