ADHD and Its Proper Treatment
Many children have trouble paying attention in school and this is because of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity which are all symptoms of ADHD. Visiting an ADHD specialist recommended by your doctor should be the best thing to do in this case. 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.
You will see ADHD more in boys than in girls. 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. Toxins such as lead can also affect the development of the child’s brain. Lastly, a brain injury or a brain disorder or damage to the front of the brain called the frontal lobe.
There are significant benefits found in the use of stimulant medications since these drugs can increase dopamine levels in the brain. It is also beneficial to use the non stimulant STraterra. You cant abuse or get addicted with Straterra and that is what is good about it.
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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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The next thing to do is to investigate treatments and therapies. If you have any questions, ask the experts before jumping into what is commonly recommended.
If you are going to change treatments, get second opinion from other experts. It will enable you to have a more informed decision.
If you are given medications, know what its side effects are so you can prepare antidotes if necessary. Find out also when you might need to have your child’s medication fine-tuned or adjusted.
Meet with the school officials and show them the physician’s report before starting treatment. If you provide a copy of the diagnosis and recommendation, it can help with the IEP or 504 plan process, even if the school already have their own evaluation.
Check out the signs of mental health issues since ADHD patients are at high risk of these. It is best also to know the signs of anxiety and depression. It is beneficial to talk to your child/s doctor for issues of your child’s behavior.
Just remember that you are not alone in this. Visit your local Parent training and Information Center.