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What are lifestyle tips for the treatment of ADHD?

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These tips may help your child:

  • Join a support group. Organizations include Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
  • Boost your child's self-esteem. Because a child with ADHD may have difficulty processing directions and other information, he or she is apt to be bombarded with corrections, leaving him with a low opinion of himself. Do whatever you can to boost your child's self-esteem.
  • Praise and reward good behavior promptly.
  • Be consistent with discipline, and make sure other caregivers follow your methods.
  • Make instructions simple and specific ("Brush your teeth. Now, get dressed."), instead of general ("Get ready for school.").
  • Encourage your child's special strengths, particularly in sports and out-of-school activities.
  • Set and follow routines for meals, bedtime, play, and other activities.
  • Make time for play and exercise -- outside in a natural setting if possible. Don't let homework or screen time monopolize all of your child's time after school.
  • Simplify your child's room to minimize distractions, such as toys and improve organization.

SOURCES: 

Heart Rhythm Society. 

American Academy of Pediatrics. 

National Institute of Mental Health. 

Attention Deficit Disorder Association. 

The American Academy of Family Physicians. 

Medscape: "Once-Daily Guanfacine Approved to Treat ADHD." 

Intuniv web site.

Attention Deficit Disorder Resources: "Medication Management for Adults with ADHD." 

Strattera web site. 

National Institute of Mental Health: "Questions Raised about Stimulants and Sudden Death." 

HelpGuide.org: "ADD & ADHD Medications." 

News release, Pfizer.

FDA: "FDA permits marketing of first brain wave test to help assess children and teens for ADHD."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 25, 2019

SOURCES: 

Heart Rhythm Society. 

American Academy of Pediatrics. 

National Institute of Mental Health. 

Attention Deficit Disorder Association. 

The American Academy of Family Physicians. 

Medscape: "Once-Daily Guanfacine Approved to Treat ADHD." 

Intuniv web site.

Attention Deficit Disorder Resources: "Medication Management for Adults with ADHD." 

Strattera web site. 

National Institute of Mental Health: "Questions Raised about Stimulants and Sudden Death." 

HelpGuide.org: "ADD & ADHD Medications." 

News release, Pfizer.

FDA: "FDA permits marketing of first brain wave test to help assess children and teens for ADHD."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 25, 2019

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