Treatment

ADHD can respond well to treatment and the good news is there are many different treatments available.

Your GP or specialist will work out the best method of treatment for you based on your symptoms and other details.

Current treatments for ADHD include behavioural treatments and some medications - have a look below to find out more...

Behavioural treatments
There are a range of behavioural treatments which you might be asked to try out. They may work better for some people than for others, and so different people with ADHD will have different treatments. Some are listed below:

  • Behavioural management therapy
    • A specialist will work with you alone or in a group and guide you on ways to control your behaviour, and help you learn how best to deal with situations which you may find difficult
  • Parent training
    • This helps your parents understand your condition and also how they can help you to control your moods and temper
  • Social skills therapy
    • This is normally in groups and will teach you how to deal with social situations
  • Anger control management therapy
    • This can also be in a group or one-to-one and teaches you how to express yourself without getting angry and having an angry outburst

Medications
Medications do not cure ADHD, but they can help you control the main symptoms -
inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.

There are two different classes of medication available for the treatment of ADHD: stimulants, such as methylphenidate and dexamfetamine, and non-stimulants, such as atomoxetine. Stimulants work quicker, but non-stimulants don't need to be taken as often. You might be prescribed:

  • Methylphenidate
    • Methylphenidate is a stimulant
    • The short-acting type lasts a few hours and is usually taken more than once a day 4,5
    • The long-acting type lasts eight to twelve hours 6,7
  • Dexamfetamine
    • Dexamfetamine is a stimulant
    • This is taken once daily 8
  • Atomoxetine
    • Atomoxetine is a non-stimulant
    • This is taken once or twice daily 9

Medication can work very well for people with ADHD, but like all medication there may be some side effects. Please discuss with your doctor.