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How will I know if my child's ADHD medication is working?

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Before starting a new treatment, you and your child's teacher can make a checklist of the symptoms and how strong they are. That will be your baseline.

After your child takes the medication for a while, you can each go through the list again. If a symptom isn't as strong, the drug is probably helping with it.

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: “Parent’s Medication Guide: ADHD.”

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: “Managing Medication.”

National Institute for Children’s Health Quality: “NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Scales.”

American Psychiatric Association: “What Is ADHD?”

CDC: “Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: “Parent’s Medication Guide: ADHD.”

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: “Managing Medication.”

National Institute for Children’s Health Quality: “NICHQ Vanderbilt Assessment Scales.”

American Psychiatric Association: “What Is ADHD?”

CDC: “Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 23, 2018

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