ADHD treatment options

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  • Experts agree that ADHD medication is the most effective treatment for ADHD.

  • There are different types of therapy that can help people manage ADHD.

  • Some people with ADHD also benefit from social skills groups.

There are many ways to treat ADHD and help manage symptoms. They range from medication and therapy to lifestyle changes like getting more sleep. But experts agree that medication for ADHD is the most effective treatment for most people.

Studies have shown that medication works well for around 80 percent of people with ADHD. (As long as they’re getting the type and dosage that’s right for them.) Still, some people have questions or concerns about the medications.

 There are other types of treatment that can help people manage ADHD. They include talk therapy to deal with emotional issues that often occur. Some people can also benefit from social skills groups.

Behavior therapy can be helpful to some kids — especially in combination with medication. This therapy is designed to replace negative behaviors with positive ones using a rewards system.

These treatments and therapies are key to managing ADHD symptoms and challenges. There are also strategies people can use to help keep those challenges from getting in the way at school, at work, and in everyday life.

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Gail Belsky is executive editor at Understood. She has written and edited for major media outlets, specializing in parenting, health, and career content.

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Stephanie Moulton Sarkis, PhD, NCC, DCMHS, LMHC is an author, licensed mental health counselor, and a Florida Supreme Court-certified family and circuit mediator. She specializes in anxiety, gaslighting, narcissistic abuse, and ADHD.


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