If you have a child who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD for short, there are another of options open for treatment. The most common ADHD treatments usually involve as their biggest part the use of drugs like Ritalin or Dexedrine. These drugs change the balance of receptors in the brain so that the child can concentrate more. And now we have Concerta which is a newer, long acting preparation of Methylphenidate – which is the medication name for Ritalin. It has been out for several years in the USA and Canada, and many other countries in the world.
In addition the ADHD treatments should involve the use of some counseling. I’m not talking about the type of counseling used for emotional disturbances, although this can be a help as well. I’m actually talking about teaching the kid some study skills and organizational skills.
It has been out for several years in the USA and Canada, and many other countries in the world.
Concerta is excellent, but has to be well managed, and since it is your child, you have to take extra care and listen, and “feel out” what is happening since they can’t always tell you.
For example, Concerta lasts for 12 hours, if you forget to give a dose in the morning, you might want to skip it for the day, since if you give it too late in the day, your child will likely have trouble getting to sleep that night And some parents don’t give their children Concerta on weekends or holidays, but, many experts recommend avoiding these types of drug holidays since it is better to follow the treatment plan.
A good reference is here, but always consult your doctor. The medication is potent. Concerta Patient Information Sheet – October 2004 Edition.
Remember, the problem is that many ADHD treatments address the physiological part of the condition and ignore every other part. This is a problem, because ADHD children have trouble forming strategies to organize their lives and so they need, in addition to the drugs, some coaching in study skills that other students may be able to learn on their own. It is not enough just to medicate as an ADHD treatment, because this only will solve half of the problem.
So many kids just get ADHD treatments by being dosed with medication that there has recently been a bit of a backlash. Many other kinds of ADHD treatments have come out recently and received support instead of the drugging. Some people believe that a well balanced diet itself can form one of the most effective ADHD treatments. According to them, eating the right foods and eliminating all junk food, sugar, and highly processed or caffeinated stuff can form the best of ADHD treatments, without the side effects of the drugs. Many ADD and ADHD kids hate the drugs that they are on, and complain that they make them feel like zombies. If drug free ADHD treatment works, why not switch?
Other people recommend meditation techniques as ADHD treatments. They say that the best way to treat ADHD is to take advantage of the mind’s natural flexibility and to rework the way it runs through self programming. Through daily meditation, focus, relaxation, and an end to the anxiety that plagues ADHD kids can be achieved, these experts claim. Although meditation may not be one of the most popular of ADHD treatments, it should be considered. Meditation is good for so many things – concentration, calm, an end to anxiety, that there is no reason to believe that it couldn’t help with ADHD treatments as well.