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
"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."
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