Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, affects an estimated 9 percent of school-aged children. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill focuses on treatment of the condition.

Dr. Hill:

Treatment rarely cures Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It can help control the symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.

It can also improve:

- relationships with family, teachers and peers,

- disruptive behaviors,

- school performance,

- attention and awareness, and

- self esteem.

The most effective treatment for the symptoms of ADHD is medication. This includes psychostimulant medications, such as amphetamine or methylphenidate. These medications improve symptoms in about 70 percent of people who have the condition. Antidepressants may also benefit people with ADHD.

Behavior training is also used to treat ADHD in children or adults. It is tailored for individual problems and may include behavior management, social skills training and counseling.

It is important to understand that ADHD is a medical condition that cannot be consistently controlled without treatment. Help your child learn about the condition and the importance of following treatment plans. Your child is more likely to successfully control symptoms when he or she actively participates in treatment.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.