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Treating ADHD: Drugs or Therapy Work

Study Shows Improvement in ADHD Symptoms With Medication or Behavior Therapy

Guidance for Parents

The reports are mostly good news, the researchers say. "The main message is, there is improvement [with treatment]," says Benedetto Vitiello, MD, chief of the Child and Adolescent Treatment and Preventive Intervention Research Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health at the National Institutes of Health and a co-author of the studies.

Parents should not ease up or think treatment can become less intensive, however, he adds. "You cannot go on cruise control. The data seem to indicate you will need to continue more intense treatments."

Getting treatment is crucial, adds Molina. "Get treatment that works for you. Treatment helps. This is a chronic disorder, and parents need to view it as that."

"High-quality treatment is really important," Jensen tells WebMD. "You have to be careful to learn what the best treatment is for your child and make sure he gets it for as long as needed."

For a look at how the MTA study analyzes the impact of ADHD medication on growth, read WebMD's news story "ADHD Drug Does Stunt Growth."

  • Does your child have ADHD? Join other parents on WebMD's Children with ADD/ADHD message board for great support and discussion.

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