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Can people strictly need to take meds for add/adhd?

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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Other beneficial approaches include, cognitive behavioral therapy, insuring children get sufficient sleep, eat a balanced diet, and get special educationa assistance if necessary.
Classroom management should include preferential seating at the front of class, being away from talkative children, Teacher breaking instructions into small portions, making eye contact to keep focused.

In brief: No

Other beneficial approaches include, cognitive behavioral therapy, insuring children get sufficient sleep, eat a balanced diet, and get special educationa assistance if necessary.
Classroom management should include preferential seating at the front of class, being away from talkative children, Teacher breaking instructions into small portions, making eye contact to keep focused.
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Nguyen Nguyen
If the diagnosis of ADHD is correct, all the measures named above help somewhat, and prescription of an appropriate medication will have the most positive impact on the symptoms of ADHD.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Depends on variables

Over time i find that 1/3 of dxd kids grow out of the need for any meds.
1/3 decide to stop medications in their teens although they might still benefit.A third go on to need treatment as an adult.

In brief: Depends on variables

Over time i find that 1/3 of dxd kids grow out of the need for any meds.
1/3 decide to stop medications in their teens although they might still benefit.A third go on to need treatment as an adult.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Treatment for ADD/ADHD is comprehensive. Medication is just one part. People w ADD/ADHD may also need assistance in organization and learning. If attending school- a student study team may be convened to develop an IEP (Individualized Education Program). Important to test hearing and vision and to rule out other learning disabilities such as dyslexia and processing disorders. Also attention to good sleep habits, healthy diet and exercise are also important for people with ADD/ADHD
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