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A Guide to ADHD Treatment When the school discovers that your child or teen has trouble paying attention, which is either deduced with inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, he is manifesting the symptoms of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). The important thing to do is to consult your family doctor so that he can recommend you to an ADHD specialist. They would either be a psychiatrist, psychologist, pediatric neurologist, behavioral MD or someone along this line. These types of doctors are able to diagnose and treat ADHD. More boys are affected by ADHD. And the myth that watching too much TV, poor home life, poor school, food allergies, and even sugar, cause ADHD, are all together fictitious. Researchers have found some possible causes of ADHD in children including heredity, imbalance of brain chemicals, less active areas of the brain that control attention, poor nutrition acquired from infections, smoking, drinking, and substance abuse during pregnancy, affecting the baby’s brains. The child’s brain development can also be affected by toxins such as lead. ADHD can also be caused by brain injury or brain disorder or damage to the brain’s frontal lobe. Studies have shown that using stimulant medication is beneficial since they increase dopamine levels in the brain. The non stimulant Straterra has also be found beneficial. The only nice thing about Straterra is that it does not pose the same risk of abuse or addiction.
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Know more about ADHD, for the more you know about it, the more you can understand your child and help him get the support that he needs at home and in school.
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Know what treatments and therapies are available for this condition. Ask any questions you may have about other treatments or therapy options before you jump into the most recommended treatment. If you are going to change treatments, get second opinion from other experts. You will have a more informed decision if you do this. If you are given medications, know what its side effects are so you can prepare antidotes if necessary. Also know when the medication needs adjustment or fine tuning. Provide the school with the report of the physician before the treatment starts. Even if the school has done its own evaluation, providing them a copy of an outside diagnosis and recommendation can help with the IEP or 504 plan process. It will also be important to know the signs of mental health issues since kids with ADHD have higher risks of mental health issues. It is best also to know the signs of anxiety and depression. If you have any concerns with your child’s recent behavior, talk to his doctor. Remember that there are others like you. It is good to visit your parent training and information center.