There are treatments for ADHD. Included in the different treatments are behavioral therapy and medication.
The goals of behavior therapy are to learn or strengthen positive behaviors and eliminate unwanted or problem behaviors.In behavior therapy with children, the therapist works with the child to learn new behaviors to replace behaviors that don’t work or cause problems. The therapist may also help the child learn to express feelings in ways that do not create problems for the child or other people.
Another treatment for ADHD is medication. Medication can help children with ADHD in their everyday life, and medication treatment may be an effective way to manage ADHD symptoms. Medication is an option that may help control some of the behavior problems that have led to trouble in the past with family, friends and at school.
ADHD isn’t just a childhood disorder. Today, about 4 percent of American adults over the age of 18 deal with ADHD on a daily basis.There are demographic factors that impact the risks of being diagnosed with ADHD. Children living in households where English is the main language are more than four times as likely to be diagnosed as children living in households where English is the second language. And children living in households that make less than two times the federal poverty level have a higher risk than children from higher-income households.
Cases and diagnoses of ADHD have been increasing dramatically in the past few years. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) says that 5 percent of American children have ADHD. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) puts the number at more than double the APA’s number. The CDC says that 11 percent of American children, ages 4 to 17, have the attention disorder. That’s an increase of 42 percent in just eight years.
ADHD doesn’t increase a person’s risk for other conditions or diseases. But some people with ADHD — especially children — are more likely to experience a range of co-existing conditions. They can sometimes make social situations more difficult or school more challenging. Some co-existing conditions include: learning disabilities, conduct disorders and difficulties, including antisocial behavior, fighting, and oppositional defiant disorder, anxiety disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, Tourette’s syndrome, substance abuse, bed-wetting problems, and sleep disorders