Beyond Drugs, It’s Not Clear Which ADHD Treatments Work

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, has been a troublesome condition for medical science to try and treat. While ADHD can be sometimes misdiagnosed, or also even over diagnosed, it is a valid condition with patients who need medical help. Drug therapies to provide that help have proven difficult to devise, and further how to verify they do provide clinical and real improvement in a ADHD patient’s condition.

Researchers investigating ADHD looked at over fifty existing ADHD studies, seeking to evaluate existing data for various treatments that have been tested for the condition. One issue with even this broad approach is much of the data that is available is too small in scope to really offer a conclusive look about how to treat effectively treat the condition.

Over ten percent of all American children have been diagnosed with ADHD. Well more than half of them are prescribed stimulant medications by doctors, with the thinking these chemical boosters will improve their ability to remain mentally focused. Even major pediatric medical associations recommend this kind of drug therapy for pediatric ADHD patients.

Some doctors, however, recommend turning to behavioral therapy rather than medication, as the first choice for a ADHD patient. The medical community remains divided on ADHD, both in how to correctly diagnose it, as well as the best way to approach treatment. Further study is needed.

Key Points:

  • 1In the US 1 in 10 kids are diagnosed with ADHD.
  • 2Simulant medication is the recommended first choice of treatment.
  • 3Other alternative therapies may work but there is no scientific evidence of that at this time.

Although many doctors offer patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) a variety of treatments in addition to drugs, a new review suggests there’s not enough evidence that medication alternatives work.

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