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A Guide to ADHD Treatment When the school discovers that your child or teen has trouble paying attention, which is either deduced with inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, he is manifesting the symptoms of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Visiting an ADHD specialist recommended by your doctor should be the best thing to do in this case. They would either be a psychiatrist, psychologist, pediatric neurologist, behavioral MD or someone along this line. These types of doctors are able to diagnose and treat ADHD. This trouble is more common in boys than in girls. There are many false notions that ADHD is caused by watching too much TV, poor home life, poor school, food allergies, and even sugar. Researchers have found some possible causes of ADHD in children including heredity, imbalance of brain chemicals, less active areas of the brain that control attention, poor nutrition acquired from infections, smoking, drinking, and substance abuse during pregnancy, affecting the baby’s brains. The toxin in lead can also be a cause of hindering the development of a child’s brain. Lastly, a brain injury or a brain disorder or damage to the front of the brain called the frontal lobe. There are significant benefits found in the use of stimulant medications since these drugs can increase dopamine levels in the brain. The non stimulant Straterra has also be found beneficial. You cant abuse or get addicted with Straterra and that is what is good about it.
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The next thing to do is to investigate treatments and therapies. If you have any questions, ask the experts before jumping into what is commonly recommended. Second opinions are best sought prior to abruptly leaping from the only one treatment that you have so far known. This will enable you to make decisions with complete knowledge. When a particular medication is prescribed, learn more about it and the common side effects that it might cause so that you can anticipate and prepare anti-dotes when you have to. Also know when the medication needs adjustment or fine tuning. Before the treatment starts, schedule a meeting with the school and provide a copy of your physician’s report. If you provide a copy of the diagnosis and recommendation, it can help with the IEP or 504 plan process, even if the school already have their own evaluation. Check out the signs of mental health issues since ADHD patients are at high risk of these. It is best also to know the signs of anxiety and depression. If you have any concerns with your child’s recent behavior, talk to his doctor. Remember that there are others like you. Visit your local parent training and information center.