How to Recognize ADHD Symptoms at Every Age
Children with ADHD often show symptoms early in life. Here are some signs.
When Is It ADHD? continued...
ADHD treatment that includes both medication and behavior management therapy
tends to be most effective. Commonly prescribed ADHD medications include
stimulants such as methylphenidate (including Ritalin, Metadate, Concerta,
Daytrana, Focalin), or amphetamines (including Dexedrine, Dextrostat,
Adderall, Vyvanse). One drug, atomoxetine (Strattera), isn't a stimulant. Side
effects may include reduced appetite, sleep problems, feeling jittery, stomach
upset, and acne. These side effects may start at the beginning of treatment and
often get better after a short period of time.
Behavioral management therapy involves working with a psychologist, social
worker, or family therapist as well as your child's teacher. Together you set
clear goals and establish rewards and consequences for your child's behavior.
Positive reinforcement encourages your child's good behavior (like getting more
computer time for finishing homework). Bad behavior, on the other hand, might
result in time out or losing computer privileges.