If your child has ADHD, it’s important to talk with him about it.
"It's never too early to start talking with your child about his ADHD," says Patricia Collins, PhD, director of the Psychoeducational Clinic at North Carolina State University.
You want them to be involved, to understand, and to be on board," says Terry Dickson, MD, director of the Behavioral Medicine Clinic of NW Michigan and an ADHD coach. "I have two children with ADHD, so I can speak from experience here."
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Treatment isn’t one-size-fits-all. It’s best to work with your child’s doctor to come up with a treatment plan that will meet the specific needs of your child and family. Your child’s plan may include:
A program that combines medication with intensive behavior therapy
In a large study, 9 out of 10 children improved with one of these two treatment strategies.
Treatment for Children and Teens
The treatment that seems to work for children and teens with ADHD combines a few more things. They work best when tried together. This is sometimes called a "multidisciplinary approach" to treating ADHD. It includes:
Education for both parents and children or teens about diagnosis and treatment
School counselor involvement
Which medications are used to treat ADHD in children?
The main ADHD medications include stimulants, nonstimulants, and antidepressants.
Stimulants are the most common treatment for ADHD in children and teens. They are usually the type of medicine doctors try first. If they don’t work, your child’s doctor may try a different type of medication or have your child take a stimulant together with a second type of medicine.