Any parent who has a child diagnosed with ADD or ADHD should understand a number of things. The condition is widespread although it affects only a small percentage of the population. Just because your child is super active does not mean they have the condition. You can only know for sure when a proper diagnosis is made. But there are many resources available to help with both the diagnosis and with any treatment.
Now there several forms of treatment available and one possible approach to caring for your child is to use a combination of these treatments. This means that rather than try only one treatment you try a mix of more than one.
And whatever treatments you use, it is important to understand that the healing process may take some time. Do not think there is a magic pill which can help your hyperactive child recover in an instant.
So what are the treatments available for your child? Well basically you can employ medications, therapy, diet and counseling. These are not the only forms of treatment but these do cover a wide area of care.
Medications can help settle the child and bring about a less stressful situation. Antidepressants and stimulants are available to assist depending on your child’s condition. If there is any infection such as with bacteria in the gut then appropriate antibiotics can be prescribed to overcome this problem.
Some parents are reluctant to agree to prescribed drugs preferring a natural course or treatment but every case is different and parents should make sure they understand their child’s condition and the role and side effects of the drugs before making a decision.
But there are natural treatments as well and diet is foremost in this area. It may be shown from a diagnosis that certain foods or colorings or food additives are the cause of your child’s excessive behavioral traits. Changing the diet can have a profound benefit for the patient.
Counseling is deemed to be helpful and often helps. One of the main subjects for counseling is the family of the child with the condition. Teachers are given special training when working with students who have ADD/ADHD and it’s likewise important to help the people spending the most amount of time with the patient. Parents can learn about the reasons for their child’s behavior and learn techniques and strategies to help their child behave in as normal a way as possible.
It may well be that the best approach for your child is to use a combination of treatments and that whatever treatment you choose is able to be altered as the needs of your child change. A nutritionist can advise on diet and the effects of certain foods and additives. A behavioral scientist can advise on strategies to help the child’s behavior and a therapist can assist the parents and possibly other family members in living with and helping the patient.
There are many valuable resources and effective treatments and often it is a combination of different treatments which turns out to give the best result. Parents should read widely and talk to health professionals making sure the appropriate treatment is provided.
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