First Line of Treatment?
“My son was recently diagnosed with ADHD, and his doctor wants to prescribe a stimulant. Shouldn’t the first step be to change our routines and discipline strategies to see if that helps?”
If your physician established a diagnosis of ADHD for your son, the treatment should be medication. (Editor’s Note: The new AAP Diagnosis Guidelines recommend behavior therapy as the first line of treatment for children ages 4 and 5.)
If you are not convinced of the diagnosis, you might get a second opinion.
If you accept the diagnosis, it is important to understand that ADHD is a biological disorder caused by a deficiency of a specific neurotransmitter in the brain. ADHD medications stimulate specific areas of the brain to produce more of this deficient neurotransmitter. Once the level is normal, ADHD behaviors decrease or stop.
Updated on April 20, 2017