ADHD Treatment Plans

ADHD treatment plans typically include both medications and psychological counseling. The medications help to curb behavior and therapy sessions are used to help the patient understand what is happening and how he learn to control his behaviors. There are different medications and psychological approaches available for use in treatment for ADHD.

ADHD Medications                    

The two classes of prescriptions drugs used to treat ADHD are stimulants and antidepressants. Stimulants are the most commonly prescribed drugs but not everyone can take them successfully. In some cases, drug combinations may be required.

Stimulants work by balancing the levels of neurotransmitters within the brain. They reduce levels of hyperactivity and inattention. Commonly prescribed drugs include Ritalin, Dexadrine, Adderall, and Vyvanse. Delivery methods vary. Long-acting forms can be introduced to the body in patches that slowly and steadily deliver the chemicals over time while pills are used for quick-action.  Here is a short video about the stimulants and ADHD:

 

The anti-depressant Wellbutrin is another prescription alternative. This is a slow acting drug that must build up within the body before it can become effective so results may take several weeks. Since stimulants can sometimes cause severe reactions, anti-depressants may be the only option. They are the preferred prescription method when a prior history of drug abuse exists.

It is important to note that getting the proper medication and dosage may take time. It is helpful to record behavior changes and to be on the alert for any dangerous side effects. This information will help the treating physician adjust the dosage or type of drug in order to achieve better control of the symptoms of ADHD.


Psychological Counseling For ADHD

Most psychological approaches to ADHD treatment are two-pronged. Psychotherapy sessions help the patient to understand triggers and feelings while education efforts aid in recognition of behavior patterns. Adults who suffer from ADHD may explore following areas during their therapy sessions.

1. How to improve time management and organizational skills. Patients with ADHD are sometimes unable to see the bigger picture. Counseling sessions to organize work materials and develop operational plans are geared to eliminate these problems.

2. How to reduce impulsive behavior. Eliminating distractions and reducing stress will work wonders for adults who suffer from ADHD. Impulsive behaviors most frequently occur when an individual is thwarted.

3. How to develop better problem-solving skills. Learning how to manage the details in life helps an adult who suffers from ADHD learn how to solve the problems that come up. Technology helps to reduce clutter and maintain organization.

4. How to cope with past failures. Most patients with ADHD have experienced significant failures in the past. In therapy, a patient learns to confront these past experiences and explore the reasons why they occurred and what they can do to avoid them in the future.

5. How to improve your self esteem. People with ADHD frequently have problems with self esteem because they have behaved erratically in the past. Learning how to forgive themselves for past transgressions and learning better ways of coping with ADHD-induced outbursts in the future will help restore healthy feelings of self respect.


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