ADHD: treatment and prognosis

Can you treat ADHD? And if so, how?

You can not only, you have to help a child with ADHD. However, it's not so much about medications (which are often prescribed too fast), but rather about caring about the child, combined with professional help.

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How can parents help their child with ADHD in everyday life?

First and foremost, you can strengthen your child's self-esteem by treating him with understanding and love. This includes a soulful and empowering body contact.

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How can I increase my hyperactive child's concentration?

If your child shows an excessive urge to move and can not concentrate well, it needs your full support and intensive help. Whether it be to complement possibly appropriate therapeutic measures effectively, or to make them not even necessary.

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Does Ritalin only help children shut down in ADHD?

A premature administration of Ritalin (active substance: methylphenidate), directed at the prevention of disturbing childhood behavior, would justify this frequently expressed prejudice. It can not be ruled out that such abuse actually takes place.

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ADHD: When should treatment with Ritalin be started?

German and European treatment guidelines recommend the use of methylphenidate (Ritalin) and other medicines only as part of a total therapeutic strategy or multimodal treatment, rather than as a sole measure.

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What is known about the long-term effects of Ritalin use?

So far, little. Advocates of the use of methylphenidate (Ritalin) refer to its long-standing use for over half a century (1959). However, this question has not been scientifically worked out so far.

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Is the treatment of ADHD with medications an emergency solution?

You can see it that way. Especially when the relatively straightforward administration of a drug is preferred to the relatively (time) consuming help in other ways.

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Which therapy measures are not helpful with ADHD?

According to the scientific guideline "Hyperkinetic Disorders" of the German Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy the usefulness of the following therapeutic measures is not available or not proven:

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Who is involved in the care of ADHD children?

The following caregivers, professionals, and institutions are part of the network that should provide you and your child with the best possible support and care to overcome the ADHD issue through co-ordinated communication and action:

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Does an attention disorder (ADHD) disappear with age?

According to the experts, there is ADHD in all age groups. It used to be thought that the behavioral problems grow out during puberty.

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Which (late) consequences can be expected in ADHD?

If a child with ADHD is not helped, he or she faces serious social problems and consequential damage, which can sometimes lead to a lifelong impairment.

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Is there an increased risk of accidents for children with ADHD?

Yes, the risk of accidents is statistically six times higher for people with ADHD.

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