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More than 1.6 million children across the United States are affected by ADD. There are various medications that can be used to treat the common disorder, but parents can also ensure that their children do not succumb to ADD’s symptoms by ensuring that they eat properly, exercise regularly and keep a positive attitude.

Look more into other means of ADD Treatment, what causes ADD, what are the symptoms, uses of medication in the treatment and so on. More technological developments could also offer ADD patients an additional natural treatment, as stem cells may be used to treat the disorder in the future.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects approximately 3% to 7% of all school-aged children, or approximately 2 million children in the United States.

ADHD is considered the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorder in children and adolescents.

Although many people tend to think of ADHD as a childhood problem, up to 66% of children may exhibit symptoms into adulthood. [1]

Presently, ADHD has no cure but there is effective treatment for many of the ADHD sufferes. These include:

Educational Approaches: Some children with ADHD are too hyperactive or inattentive to function in a regular classroom and may benefit from special education classes. Most children with ADHD, however, are able to stay in the regular classroom, but do need some special accommodations to help them learn.

Psychological and Behavioral Therapies: Depending on a person's needs, a number of psychological and behavioral therapies are available to help manage ADHD, including psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, social skills training, support groups, and parenting skills training.

Medication: Stimulants — medications that stimulate areas of the brain that control attention, impulses, and self-regulation of behavior — remain among the most successful treatments for people with ADHD.

In fact, at least 70 percent of children with ADHD respond positively to stimulants.[2]

Stimulant medications have been shown to dramatically reduce hyperactivity, decrease impulsivity, and improve ability to focus, work, and learn. While these medications are well tolerated, common side effects may include decreased appetite, weight loss, headache, and insomnia.

Long-acting, once-daily medications like Adderall provide a more convenient way to manage ADHD symptoms throughout the day, enabling people with the disorder to attend school or work without pausing for a midday dose. For more information on other medication check an Online Pharmacy.

Many clinicians believe the best way to treat ADHD is by using a combination of these therapies. In fact, a recent government-sponsored clinical trial found that therapies that include carefully monitored medication are more effective than those that do not, such as behavioral therapy alone.[3]

Reference

[1]. Weiss G, Hechtman L, Milroy T, Perlman T. Psychiatric status of hyperactives as adults: a controlled prospective 15-year follow-up of 63 hyperactive children. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 1985;24:211-220.
References
[2] Cantwell DP. Attention deficit disorder: a review of the past 10 years. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 1996;35:978-987.

[3] The MTA Cooperative Group. A 14-month randomized clinical trial of treatment strategies for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1999;56:1073-1086.

 

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