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How can I tell if my child needs ADHD medication?

By Anonymous February 2, 2015 - 12:53pm
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Hello Anonymous,

That is a very good question and an important one to ask.

First, your child must be diagnosed with ADHD before you need to consider if medication is necessary.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity (over-activity).

There are three subtypes.

No single test can diagnose a child as having ADHD. Instead, a licensed health professional needs to gather information about the child, and his or her behavior and environment.

Initially, a concerned parent should talk with the child's pediatrician. Some pediatricians can assess the child themselves, but many will refer the family to a mental health specialist with experience in childhood mental disorders such as ADHD.

Currently available treatments focus on reducing the symptoms of ADHD and improving functioning. Treatments include medication, various types of psychotherapy, education or training, or a combination of treatments.

Hope this information is helpful to you.


February 3, 2015 - 9:41am
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