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Does my preschooler need medication for ADHD?

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Studies show behavioral therapy works as well as medication in young kids. If your preschooler doesn't get better or has symptoms that are moderate or severe, then his doctor may prescribe medication.

SOURCES:

CDC: "Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)," “My Child Has Been Diagnosed with ADHD - Now What?”

Healthy Children: “Behavior Therapy for Children with ADHD.”

U.S. Department of Education: “Teaching Children With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Instructional Strategies and Practices.”

Society of Clinical and Adolescent Psychiatry: “Behavior Therapy for ADHD.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)," “My Child Has Been Diagnosed with ADHD - Now What?”

Healthy Children: “Behavior Therapy for Children with ADHD.”

U.S. Department of Education: “Teaching Children With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Instructional Strategies and Practices.”

Society of Clinical and Adolescent Psychiatry: “Behavior Therapy for ADHD.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 23, 2018

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