Treatment for ADHD

The most effective treatment of ADHD involves a range of interventions often referred to as the 'multi-modal' approach.

- Family support
- Educational support
- Medication
- Counselling/behavioural management
- Occupational therapy
- Speech and language therapy

Note: for people with food sensitivities in addition to their ADHD, diet modification can be used as an additional therapy. Diet modification in itself is not a treatment for ADHD.

Related & Co-existing Conditions

ADHD rarely ever exists by itself. Many people have co-existing conditions and issues such as:

  • learning disorders
  • speech problems
  • conduct disorders
  • depression and anxiety problems
  • poor self esteem
  • difficulties with assertiveness
  • poor social skills

 

Some Myths About ADHD

Perception

Reality

ADHD is not a real disorder:

"We never heard of ADHD when I was a kid"

ADHD is a hereditary condition and has been recognised since the early 1900s.

In the past it was known by other names such as minimal brain dysfunction and hyperactivity disorder.

Bad parenting is responsible for ADHD:

"They need to be disciplined"

Poor parenting skills can lead to bad behaviour in any child, but it cannot cause ADHD.

Parenting children with ADHD is challenging, however, family support and education can provide valuable aid in the effective management of ADHD.

ADHD is just about hyperactivity:

"They're just out of control"

Not all children with ADHD are hyperactive. Remember the 'AD' part of 'ADHD' stands for Attention Deficit.

Difficulties concentrating in a 'quiet' child can lead to serious problems with schooling and relationships, even though the child might not attract attention through hyperactivity.

It's just a childhood disorder:

"They'll grow out of it"

Many people believe that children will grow out of ADHD. In fact, when not treated appropriately those with ADHD are at a much greater risk of failures in school, employment, social relationships and developing low self-esteem. They are also at double the risk of forming a substance abuse.

Poor diet causes ADHD:

"it's too much red cordial"

Food sensitivities can often produce symptoms similar to ADHD but do not cause the disorder.

People with ADHD and food sensitivities can experience a worsening of their symptoms if they consume certain foods.

Dietary management can be a complementary therapy in conjunction with recommended treatments.

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