One of the first questions that are usually asked after an ADHD diagnosis is, can medication cure ADHD? In short, no but there are many effective treatments for ADHD, medication is one of them. Not all people with ADHD will need medication but some will be able to use this tool to effectively manage their ADHD. The effects of medication differ from person to person as everyone responds differently.
Medications for ADHD
Stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall can be prescribed for ADHD. These medications may help people to feel calmer and less impulsive. They can also help people to concentrate better and curb hyperactivity.
Some people will experience dramatic effects of medication whilst others won’t. Medication will not completely eliminate the symptoms of ADHD. It will not work for everyone.
If you are put onto medication you will start on a small dose which will be increased. You will need to be regularly monitored by a GP or specialist to see how you are responding to the treatment.
If you try medication for ADHD you don’t have to stay on it indefinitely. Your doctor will usually continue with medication for as long as it is working for you.
If you are considering taking medication for ADHD you may also want to consider the side effects.
Common Side Effects Include:
- Loss of Appetite
What Else Can I do?
As well as medication different therapies and coping strategies can help. These may also benefit other co-morbidities including anxiety disorders which often go alongside ADHD.
There are some things you can put in place at home like:
- Healthy Diet
- Regular bedtime & bedtime routine
- Take Supplements
- Follow a Routine
- Use Clocks, Timers & Visuals
- Create a quiet area
There are also some professional therapies that can work well for people with ADHD:
- Talking Therapies
- Behavioural Therapy
While medication cannot cure ADHD, a combination of medication and therapy can be beneficial for relieving the symptoms of ADHD in everyday life. It is important to work closely with your medical professionals and to put some strategies in place at home. What works for others may not work for you it is important to remember that everyone is different.
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