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Treatment Options for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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What To Discuss With Your Patients and Their Caregivers

Things you should discuss with your patients and their caregivers regarding ADHD in children include:

  • How ADHD affects children and their families. 
  • Potential benefits associated with nonpharmacologic interventions such as parental behavior therapy programs. 
  • Potential benefits and adverse effects associated with psychostimulants and nonstimulants. In choosing medications, it is useful to discuss dose timing and monitoring to make choices most compatible with treatment goals and patient schedules and lifestyle. 
  • Patient preferences regarding diagnosis and treatment options, including pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions.  
  • How they can access information from the National Resource Center on ADHD about diagnosis and treatment, educational programs, public benefits, and other issues. The Center is supported with funding from the Federal Government through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ADHD information can be accessed online at or by phone at 800-233-4050.