Although some pediatricians with special training in the disorder will diagnose ADHD in children, most will refer you and your child to a mental health professional such as a psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor, or social worker trained in diagnosing and treating the disorder.
You can also find a professional who specializes in ADHD diagnosis through your health plan, your child’s teacher or school counselor, other parents of children with ADHD, or nonprofit organizations such as Children and...
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.