Medication and Behavioral Techniques to Treat ADHD

While the American Academy of Pediatrics has urged that behavioral therapy always be used alongside medication for all ages, less than a third of children receive both medication and behavioral therapy in combination for the treatment of ADHD, according to a study in The Journal of Pediatrics (March 2015).

“It’s not at all surprising that medication is the most common treatment,” says Heidi Feldman, a professor of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine who served on the AAP clinical practice guidelines committee. “It works very effectively to reduce the core symptoms of the condition,” …The limitation of stimulant medications for ADHD is that studies do not show a long-term functional benefit from medication use.”

“Medicine is important to address the biological component of the disorder but it doesn’t teach a person how to manage their own symptoms and behavior”, says Adiaha Spinks-Franklin, a developmental behavioral pediatrician at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. It is widely recognized that those with ADHD often face long-term difficulties, struggling to achieve success in employment and education, experiencing increased divorce and severe car accident rates and greater involvement with the criminal justice system.

“It is that lack of self-management that leads to these really poor outcomes as adults,” Spinks-Franklin says. “Pills don’t teach you social skills, coping strategies and self-control. Behavior therapy does.”

At Brownback, Mason and Associates we use a wide variety of behavioral techniques to manage the challenges associated with ADHD. Whether or not a person chooses to medicate, heart rate variability is an effective tool for increasing the capacity for attention, both by itself or as a facilitator to meditation practices, which itself can increase attention. Neurotherapy is another important treatment method for training the brain to normalize its function and can even eliminate the need for medication. Whatever treatment you choose, our holistic approach will always encourage healthy behaviors to optimize the functioning of the whole person. In addition, our staff members act as coaches for people with ADD, teaching them numerous skills to help in overcoming the day to day problems associated with Attention Deficit disorder (ADHD).

Source: Scientific American Meds Trump Therapy Recommendation for Treating ADHD By Tara Haelle | April 20, 2015

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