Dealing with ADHD: What You Need to Know

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Diagnosis 

  • Children being diagnosed with ADHD continues to increase
  • 11% (6.4 million, 4 – 17 yr ) in 2011, up 7.8% in 2003
  • Boys (13.2%) were more likely than girls (5.6%)

 

FDA Approved Treatments 

Reduce symptoms and improve functioning in children as young as age 6.

  • Stimulants :Calming effect, increase brain levels of dopamine
  • Non-stimulants: Useful alternative for children who do not tolerate stimulants well
  • In addition to medication,  behavioral therapy and  community support groups

Testing in Younger Kids

  • FDA-approved medications tested for safety and effectiveness in clinical trials of children 6 and older
  • Post-Approval: . FDA asking for clinical trials with children 4- 5

 

Adults and ADHD

  • 4% of adults may have ADHD
  • Poor time management skills, trouble with multitasking, restless, lack of concentration

LEARN

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