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What therapies can help with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

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These therapeutic treatments focus on changing behavior:

  • Special education helps a child learn at school. Having structure and a routine can help children with ADHD a lot.
  • Behavior modification teaches ways to replace bad behaviors with good ones.
  • Psychotherapy (counseling) can help someone with ADHD learn better ways to handle their emotions and frustration. It can also help improve their self-esteem. Counseling may also help family members better understand the child or adult with ADHD.
  • Social skills training can teach behaviors, such as taking turns and sharing.

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 March 25, 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 March 25, 2019

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