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if a child has been on meds for add, are they able to come off it after a some new study habits are learned; say after a couple years?

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Dr. William Dailey
19 years experience Family Medicine
That is the goal.: Learning new study habits may be a bit of an oversimplification. Essentially they need to learn or acquire methods of maintaining concentration and focus. Many times this is a combination normal development and learning.
Answered on Jun 17, 2015
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Dr. Marina Armendariz
25 years experience Pediatrics
Yes some can: Treatment for add/adhd is best managed with medication, but behavioral therapy in combination can help teach a child techniques to manage their behavior. Some kids as they mature, can eventually be taken off medication, and then there are some who require continuous medication.
Answered on Mar 14, 2019
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Dr. William Goldie
47 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Yes: The long term goal should be no medication and just better management of attention and focus.
Answered on Jun 17, 2015
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Dr. Prakash Bhoopalam
42 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: If the symptoms have resolved and the child has been ok for at least a year it is time to consider stopping.
Answered on Jun 17, 2015
Dr. William Singer
50 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Possible: For somewhat less than half of children with ADHD, they will be able to disocontinue medication in their late teens. Most will have grown out of ADHD. Many will have developed strategies for managing their symptoms.
Answered on Jun 17, 2015

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