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Can attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) be prevented or cured?

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ADHD can't be prevented or cured. But spotting it early, plus having a good treatment and education plan, can help a child or adult with ADHD manage their symptoms.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "ADHD: What Parents Should Know."

Attention Deficit Disorder Resources: "Behavioral Treatment for ADHD."

CHADD: "Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."

National Resource Center on ADHD: "Symptoms and Diagnostic Criteria."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder."

News release, FDA.

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

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "ADHD: What Parents Should Know."

Attention Deficit Disorder Resources: "Behavioral Treatment for ADHD."

CHADD: "Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."

National Resource Center on ADHD: "Symptoms and Diagnostic Criteria."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder."

News release, FDA.

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

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

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What medications are used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

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