Dear ADDitude reader:|
You’re relieved to know, finally, that your child’s symptoms — impulsivity, distractedness, perhaps hyperactivity — have a name. Or that your inability to focus or pay attention in school as a child — or at work as an adult — is due to attention deficit disorder. But now what about...
...researching all of your treatment options before speaking with your doctor?|
...understanding the pros and cons of popular ADHD medications for children and adults?
...ensuring you're taking the right ADHD medication at the right dosage?
...learning how to minimize side effects like sleeplessness and weight loss?
...trying alternative treatments like fish oil and neurofeedback?
...making behavior therapy work for your child?
...working with an ADD coach to improve organization and time management?
This "Alternative Treatment" chapter comes from ADDitude's new ADHD Treatment eBook containing 60+ pages of well-researched expert tips and information for helping you or your child better manage the symptoms of attention deficit disorder by taking the right medication at the right dosage and/or through alternative therapies.
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This eBook contains seven chapters, each full of expert tips for helping you better navigate the ADHD treatment process.
Chapter 1: How Professionals Diagnose ADHD / Understanding Your Treatment Options
A step-by-step guide to understanding ADHD symptoms and how professionals diagnose attention deficit disoder.
INCLUDED: The differences between Inattentive and Hyperactive/Impulsive ADD. An overview of the various ADHD Rating Scales. A handy chart outlining the professionals who can diagnose and treat ADHD. An introduction to medications and alternative therapies.
Chapter 2: Types of ADHD Medications
How ADHD medications work, the benefits they offer, and advice for managing them safely.
INCLUDED: A comprehensive ADHD medication chart. The truth about dopamine and norepinephrine. A breakdown of different stimulant medications and tips for taking them more effectively. In-depth information about non-stimulants, antidepressants, and antihypertensives. Treatment options for comorbid conditions like anxiety and OCD.
Chapter 3: ADHD Medication Strategies
Strategies for deriving the greatest benefit from stimulant medication at home and at school.
INCLUDED: Advice for finding the right doctor. How to adjust a dosage to the right level. Ways to track whether medication is working effectively. Dietary considerations for your child. A four-step process for setting up a school-day dose.
Chapter 4: Managing Side Effects
Common side effects associated with ADHD meds and how to counteract them.
INCLUDED: Loss of appetite. Difficulties with sleep. Stomaches and headaches. Tics. Emotional problems. Fatigue. Brain and heart problems. And more.
Chapter 5: Alternative ADHD Treatments
Five popular non-drug treatments that may help manage ADHD symptoms in you or your child.
INCLUDED: Neurofeedback - exercise for the brain. Nutrition and supplements - including fish oil and iron. Exercise - how physical activity impacts brain chemicals. Working-memory training - software designed to sharpen memory. Nature therapy - why green time is essential.
Chapter 6: Behavior Therapies
Why and how behavior therapy can improve attitude, focus, and organization.
INCLUDED: Can behavior therapy prevent ADHD? A four-step guide for using behavior therapy with your child. Cognitive behavior therapy for adults who struggle with negative thinking and anxiety.
Chapter 7: Working with an ADHD Coach
How to choose and work productively with an ADHD coach.
INCLUDED: The characteristics of a good coach. How ADHD coaching works. The five principals of successful ADHD coaching. Five questions to ask before you hire a coach.
PLUS: More ADDitude Resources for Treating ADHD
A full list of treatment resources that can be found on www.additudemag.com