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How can you reduce the symptoms of adhd?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

1st to consider, if you're being treated with stimulants, is exercise sleep other meds & diet. Exercise transiently increases brain function in adolescents. Restorative sleep is necessary for healthy brain performance. Consumption of caffeinated beverages and chocolate worsens brain function in adhd patients, & should be avoided. Antihistamines, some antibiotics, & decongestants should be avoided.

Answered Jul 20, 2012

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Dr. Mary Ann Block answered

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Symptoms of adhd can often be eliminated if the underlying cause is found. A complete history, physical exam, lab work and allergy testing are needed to find and treat the underlying cause.

Answered Apr 30, 2016

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Dr. R Sangal answered

Specializes in Sleep Medicine

If the symptoms of inattention or hyperactivity-impulsivity began before age 6, this is a primary brain disorder causing attention deficit-hyperactivity, and clearly the best way to control these symptoms is with medicines. There are many medicines (including off-label) that can be used. If symptoms began later in life, other causes must be found and treated.

Answered Sep 2, 2015

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Dr. Asa Marokus answered

Specializes in Child Psychiatry

The common teaching is that medications are first-line treatment for adhd. The most important thing is getting the diagnosis correct, then if it is adhd, stimulants are typically first-line.

Answered Mar 16, 2017

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Dr. Andres R Villar answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Proper evaluation, parent education, behavioral intervention at home and school, good sleep hygiene, eating habits and exercise.Medications and praising, reassuring and loving your child.

Answered Oct 3, 2016

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Dr. Cheryl Coldwater answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Medications are the mainstay of treatment for adhd. They can help you focus and are a great tool. They work best in conjunction with learning new organization skills, adapting learning styles (working with the teacher to find what works best), and, sometimes, therapy to learn new ways to handle frustrations and better coping. It's an ongoing thing and meds are not a magic pill.

Answered Oct 3, 2016

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