Important facts about treatment:
- Children with ADHD may appear less intelligent than their peers, but this is often because they are simply too distracted to make use of their intelligence.
- Some children’s symptoms decrease with age; however up to 60% will continue to be affected by ADHD even as adults.
- Children may show immediate improvement in some areas when starting ADHD medication, but it still takes time during childhood development to establish good behavioral habits and social skills.
- Pharmacological treatment does have some side-effects, but these are far out-weighed by the benefits.
- Side-effects vary from one child to another and and from one medication to another.
- Medications do not eliminate ADHD symptoms entirely, but help to control them while the medication is active (between 4-12 hours depending on medication).
- Delaying treatment can affect a child’s social and psychological development.
- Behavioral treatment is a gradual process that takes time to reduce inappropriate behaviors and increase positive impressions.
- Behavioral therapy helps a child to deal with different situations at home, school, and in a social setting.
- Behavioral therapy helps a child to overcome the manifestations of their symptoms, increase their restraint, control their responses, increase perseverance, and improve focus.
- Behavioral therapy is beneficial for children with mild as well as severe ADHD.
Updated: 6 November 2014 by AFTA Staff