Treatment for ADHD should include a variety of approaches such as educational and parenting strategies, family therapy, lifestyle changes (e.g., balanced diet, exercise and sleep) and medication. When seeking treatments for ADHD, remember to consider whether the treatment has been validated through research
Treatments for ADHD
In this video, Rick Green provides a humorous response to the popularity of “all natural” treatments for ADHD. His argument is worth thinking about, as we need to be cautious and well informed about all forms of treatment, whether from traditional medicine or alternative medicine.
This video provides information about the safety of stimulant medications and their long history of use in treating ADHD symptoms.
This article outlines the importance of taking a multimodal approach when treating ADHD. A multimodal approach includes medication as well as psychosocial interventions. Psychosocial interventions may include behavioral interventions, parent training, social skills training, and school interventions.
This site provides resources for parents developed by the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
The guides provide information on medication for:
This website states that no pharmaceutical funding was used in the preparation and maintenance of these guides or the web site.
NOTE: This is an American website.
This article discusses the use of mindfulness meditation for individuals with ADHD as a complementary treatment to other evidenced-based approaches. The author reviews studies that demonstrate promise, however, further studies are needed to classify mindfulness as an evidenced-based treatment for ADHD.
In this podcast, Dr. Ari Tuckman discusses how medication may benefit individuals with ADHD. His main message is that medication allows individuals with ADHD to better access information and/or perform better because it makes them more available to be successful and use skills that they already have.
This medication chart was developed primarily for physicians, however, parents may benefit from understanding what medications are available in Canada, the different types, duration, and dosing. It is always recommended to speak with your physician when making decisions about medications, but parents are better able to advocate for their children when they have some background knowledge about ADHD medications.
In this video, Dr. Umesh Jain discusses the importance of understanding the purpose of ADHD medication, the risks and benefits of taking medication, and the outcomes of taking medication. Additionally, he speaks about the risks/side effects of taking ADHD medication.