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Impulse Control: Managing Behaviors of ADHD Kids

ADHD Medicines

When other treatments don't work, or your child also has other ADHD symptoms, your doctor might recommend medicine. Stimulant medicines act on the brain chemicals that contribute to impulsivity.

Several different stimulant drugs are available, including:

It can take some trial and error to find the medicine and dose that manages your child's impulsivity.

Even if you find a drug that works, medicine alone can't "cure" impulsivity. You will need to combine it with other therapies, especially during times when your child is off the medication, such as at night or on weekends.

Stay Involved

It's common to get frustrated when you're living with a child with ADHD. Taking an active part in your child's treatment will help you feel more in control. And it will give you a better handle on impulsivity and other behavior problems.

Consider taking these steps:

  • Learn as much as you can about ADHD and impulsive behaviors.
  • Take a parent ADHD training program to learn ways to manage your child's behaviors.
  • Keep in close contact with your child's doctor, teachers, and therapists.
  • Join a support group to learn from other parents who have been through the same issues.

Finally, don't give up. You will find solutions to your child's impulsivity problems if you stay consistent and involve a team of teachers, therapists, and other experts.


WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Kimball Johnson, MD on January 09, 2013

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