Treatment

Treatments will often help to reduce symptoms in children and teaches them how to live with the disorder.  Multitherapy is the most common approach.  Treatment method

Medications are used occasionally to treat symptoms but finding the right combination takes trial and error.

ADHD Medication

 

Psychotherapy is another option which includes behavioural therapy.  It allows children to “recognize, monitor, and alter their unwanted behaviors” as well as controlling impulsivity that could potentially be harmful.  Behavioural therapy helps children with ADHD in the day to day management of their lives. 

Psycological treatment - ADHD

 

Routines, scheduling, regular application of rules and positive reinforcement are all effective methods to coping with ADHD.

ADHD therapy

 

The ADHD brain differs from the neurotypical brain by having a smaller and less pre-frontal cortex, and weaker connectivity in between the regions of the brain.  Medication can be used to treat symptoms and/or behavioural training can use activities to strengthen the connections in the brain that is responsible for social behaviour, emotional control and inattention. 

 

Percentage of Children 2-17 Taking Medication

Age Percentage of Children doing Behavioural Therapy Age
Total of 30 percent receiveing Medication alone 32 percent receiving both Medication Treatment and Behavioural Thereapy Total of 15 percent being Treated with Behavioural Treatment alone 32 percent receiving both Medication Treatment Undertaking Behavioural Thereapy
18 percent 2 - 5 60 percent 2 - 5
69 percent 6 - 11 51 percent 6 - 11
62 percent 12 -17 42 percent 12 -17

 

NB:  About 23 percent of children with ADHD is neither receiving
       medication treatment or behavioural training.

  

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