Managing ADHD with Medication

What's the buzz about ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood disorder that can continue through adolescence into adulthood. The primary symptoms of ADHD include hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattentiveness. While it’s completely normal to get distracted sometimes, if you or your child experiences these symptoms for at least six months, then ADHD could be the cause. To be diagnosed with ADHD, these symptoms must also cause disturbances in at least two areas of a person’s life, such as the classroom, playground, work, home, community or social settings. While ADHD is treatable both with medication and without, medication can help both children and adults with ADHD manage their symptoms by increasing certain brain chemicals. Read on to learn about the different ADHD medications available, how to prepare for your or your child’s doctor’s appointment, and what to expect during and after treatment.
Review Date: 
November 5, 2015

Last Updated:
November 9, 2015