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"Of course, you need to consider medications if a child is about to fail to meet a major developmental milestone, or faces getting kicked out of school or being totally socially ostracized because they can't manage themselves," Honos-Webb says.

Other experts aren't likely to call for so many sessions before trying medication. Abramowitz says after she diagnoses a child with ADHD, she brings up the topic of medication in her first feedback session with parents.

"There are many times when I recommend medications," she says. "If the parent is comfortable with the idea, I say, 'Let's do a trial.' And then we talk about what makes a trial good instead of sloppy."

"If they want to try interventions without medications, I say fine.”

Many parents find a combination of therapy and medication works best. Talk with your child’s doctor. Together, you can decide on the best treatment plan for your child.

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Reviewed on May 12, 2015

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