ADHD is a growing problem around the world. About 6.4 million children in America have been diagnosed with symptoms of ADHD, that is nearly 1 in every 10 child in America. It is a growing problem since the number of cases are rising 3% every year since the past decade. It hinders child development and also affect adults. This rapid rise in ADHD has led some to speculate of it being over diagnosed and misdiagnosed. A recent study revealed that some cases are indeed misdiagnosed and kids going to schools and child care centers way earlier than they should is the reason for misdiagnosis. But after the ADHD diagnosis, most parents start the prescription medication therapy to treat their children. But the key to treating ADHD goes beyond medication and has a lot to do with therapy, or a mix of both.
Medications for ADHD
ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a behavioral condition where the patients fails to pay attention to something for longer period of time and gets distracted easily. Prescription medications are usually effective at treating this condition. But they’re not the only or complete answer to treating ADHD. They can ease the condition to some degree. Some population of the patient do not even respond to medications, while others develop complex side reactions by taking such medications. Moreover, some of the drugs available in the market are expensive and hence out of reach for some families. But the good news is medication is not the only effective option available for diagnosis of ADHD.
ADHD treatment beyond medication
Treatment of ADHD can be made much more effective by making some changes to your parenting style. For example, children diagnosed with ADHD are used to receiving negative feedback on literally everything because of their poor performance. But that’s not the way to treat it. Replacing negative feedback with meaningful conversations can truly uplift the confidence level of your child and put him back on track. Parents have the highest influence in their child’s life, and evidence shows that quality family time is effective at treating ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Also an effective tool to treat ADHD. It immediately boosts dopamine in your child’s brain which help them reduce the symptoms of ADHD. Along with dopamine, exercising also boots secretion of norepinephrine and serotonin which affects your child’s ability to focus.
This to goes a long way in treatment of ADHD. Foods that are not overly processed, have complex carbs in them, and are nutrient-dense should be incorporated into the diet. Intake of sugar should be regulated and intake of Omega-3 fatty acids should be encouraged both at home and at child care centre. You should supplement nutrition with sleep and correct medications for better, faster results.
Something which is getting popular with treatment of or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Behavioural therapy or behaviour modification, ERP, behavioural therapy are just some of the therapies available. Of all the above, ERP is the most common and science-backed treatment option. It stands for Event-Related Potential and records the brain activity while the patients are showing compulsion.
But if ADHD is getting severe with the child facing difficulty in speaking, reading, writing, then you should consult a child care specialist and admit him in a rehabilitation center.