Honest Answers About Adhd Treatment Options
There are numerous ADHD treatment options currently available, ranging from the obvious to the obscure. While this may be the case, studies seem to suggest that no single ADHD treatment option is as effective as a well-thought-out combination of two or more treatments, commonly referred to as a multi-modal approach.
For instance, one person may respond to a combination of ADHD management techniques including non-prescription alternatives such as cognitive behavior counseling, homeopathic remedies, diet and exercise; another will achieve optimal results with a combination of prescription medication/medications combined with talk therapy, and/or advanced neurofeedback techniques.
Some ADHD treatment options can be used for long periods of time without the risk of side effects, while others are best used only for brief periods of time.
Tip : Keep a record of treatments you had
As you can see the combination of potential options are limitless, for this reason most specialists in the field of attention deficit disorder suggest keeping a detailed log to determine whether the treatment approach/approaches you have chosen are indeed providing the results hoped for.
Tip : Set a goal of your treatment option
A good suggestion in this regard is to make a list of the improvements expected before jumping wholeheartedly into any treatment program. Enlisting the help of a family member or medical profession can be helpful in this regard.
Also, an extra opinion can be helpful both in establishing realistic goals and finding areas that you may have overlooked initially. But be careful in picking your help partner, unneeded and unnecessary criticism will not be helpful and only distract from the process.
Once you have your list of goals in hand now, it will be much easier to pick out the ADHD treatment options that both suit your goals and particular beliefs.
Different OTC and Prescription Options
One important fact to keep in mind is that most doctors suggest treatments that are covered in their particular area of expertise. For example, a medical doctor will likely prescribe one of a number of stimulant medications such as Ritalin or Adderall; a psychologist will likely suggest a behavioral therapy such as CBT; an expert in nutrition will likely suggest vitamins, minerals and diet; and a naturopath will likely suggest herbal or homeopathic remedies as part of a full spectrum approach.
Far and away, the most common form of treatment falls under the heading of stimulant prescription medications. Remember these names: Dexedrine, Adderall, Desoxyn, Ritalin, Concerta, Metadate, Focalin, Cylert, Provigil, and Vyvanse.
If you are diagnosed or think you will receive a positive diagnosis for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, there is a good chance that one of these 10 medications will be your doctors’ treatment of choice.
Note: The above list of stimulant ADHD treatment options works by balancing neurotransmitter activity in the brain and because of this delicate balancing act all of them are capable of producing a myriad of side effects.
There are varied opinions as to what is best and what is the worst of all the ADHD treatment options, but the bottom line is this; no one treatment works for everyone, thus the best treatment is ultimately what works for you!