Most people think that medication is the only way to manage ADHD; however, there are many treatment options that can help manage your child’s ADHD symptoms. When it comes to treating a child with ADHD it’s important that you have a family doctor that you can turn to for comprehensive and compassionate care.
What are the different ADHD treatment options?
Let’s not focus on the medication aspect of treatment just yet; after all, there are other effective strategies and resources available that can improve hyperactivity and impulsivity, classic behaviors of ADHD.
You will work with a family physician to create a treatment plan that works best for your child based on the types of symptoms and behaviors they are displaying. Some treatment options will include:
- Eating a healthy diet
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Learning new coping strategies
- Improving social skills
The goal of ADHD treatment is to not only curb those negative behaviors but also improve your child’s social, academic, and personal life so they can foster relationships and enjoy the academic process.
The most common types of ADHD medication are stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin. While they are one option for helping your child they aren’t right for all children. These medications can help a child stay more focused and reduce fidgeting. ADHD medication can improve a child’s behaviors while also bolstering their academic performance. Of course, no one should rely solely on medication in order to treat the symptoms and behaviors of ADHD. After all, it’s not a cure-all.
Medication works more effectively when combined with other treatment options including lifestyle modifications and therapy. Again, this is something that you and your child’s doctor can determine together. Your doctor will also monitor your child when they begin a new treatment plan or medication regimen to make sure that it’s working effectively. If there are any problems your doctor will want to know right away so they can make proper changes.
It’s also important to understand that even if your child does receive medication to control their ADHD, this doesn’t mean that they are on it for life. If for any reason you or your child would like to stop taking medication let your doctor know so they can begin to taper your child’s off the drug safely.
The whole family will need to work together to establish boundaries and rules within the household that can reduce unwanted ADHD behaviors. This includes simple changes like eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly. Providing a reward system may also help your child successfully complete chores and tasks around the house. Getting ample sleep is also crucial for improving symptoms of ADHD. Make sure that your child is getting proper sleep each and every night.
Your child’s doctor may also recommend behavioral therapists, counselors and psychologists who can also work with your child to provide behavioral modifications programs and also an outlet for your child to discuss the issues they are having.