Treatment Options for ADHD
There are different types of treatment options for ADD, however, they will not cure the condition only make the symptoms better and tolerable. There is no cure for Attention Deficit Disorder.
The most important thing to do if you have a child with ADD is to talk with your doctor about the options available. Just because one treatment did wonders with one child does not mean the same treatment is the correct one for your child.
If you want to try non-prescription alternatives then you will find various supplemental minerals and vitamins that often aid individuals with ADD. In clinical trials, children and adults alike both showed improvements with supplementing their diets with Acetylcarnitine, Bacopa, Hyperforin, Lemon Balm, Magnesium, and Zinc.
Behavioral Therapy has also been successful with some individuals with ADD. This type of therapy helps the person learn and deal with the connections with annoying situations and the reactions that are derived from them. Common reactions seen in those with ADD include anxiety, anger, depression, fear, and hurting oneself. With behavioral therapy, these emotions can learn to be controlled.
Cognitive Therapy is a therapy that helps the individual learns how their own thinking patterns are bringing on the symptoms. This makes the individual see a distorted picture of what is happening in their life, thus feelings of anger, depression, or anxiety without any real cause. This therapy works on recognizing and improving interaction with others to create a positive outlook.
Literary Therapy works by providing individuals with ADD the chance to learn more about their own symptoms and ways to combat the emotions that occur. By reading and learning from others, they learn to cope with their own fears.
Medication is often prescribed to help with the symptoms. The most common are stimulants include Attenta, Concerta, Daytrana, Focalin, Metadate, Methylin, Ritalin, Ritalina, Rilatine, Ritalin LA, and Rubifen. Other medication in the form of amphetamines includes Adderall, Dexedrine, Desoxyn, and Vyvanse. The only medication that is not a stimulant is Strattera, which is an anti-depressant.
You should be aware there are warnings with the medications available for the treatment of ADD. Before you begin the medication, talk with your doctor about the side effects and learn more about the drug itself. If you notice a black box warning label, this is only one-step away from being pulled off the shelves.