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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.

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Reviewed on April 02, 2010

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