In this medical video learn about the methods of treating ADHD or ADD through medication and other ways.
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Steven pavalakis: Once we diagnose ADD or ADHD the treatment is really 2 folds 3 fold actually first is educational this taught need more structure, discipline, consistency and that’s really the first thing to do. Male Speaker: So some kids may it might be all you do. Steven pavalakis: That’s right, that’s right some kids all they needs a little bit of structure and discipline and they do very well and their attention gets better as they get older and that’s really the first step. Male Speaker: What percentage off kids truly diagnoses you think would be better let us look structure. Steven pavalakis: Well I don’t know that answer I am not sure that any body really does know that answer ADHD is a little more complicated than just taking a percentage because some children with ADHD have other issues to they are more lightly to have to learning disabilities to present again most of them don’t. But if you take their more like than other children to have other issues of obsessive-compulsive behaviors takes, so it’s a very complicated disease or constellation of symptoms. So I don’t really know the percentage but the first I think is to give structure disciple consistency and then in part of picking and choosing some balance. Male Speaker: And if you are going treat the kid how would you treat the kid? Steven pavalakis: Well, picking and choosing about sometimes something behavioral interventions for the parents and the kids can be helpful in that sometimes children a hard time doing a certain task and if a parent keeps pushing at all you going to do is get resistance and there should be certain structure to that and then after this if a child is foaling behind academically or socially or if its getting frustrated feeling bad about themselves because of the ADHD those childrens sometimes do best with the crutch and the crutch would be medication. Male Speaker: Are those medicines of different types just talked a little bit of about the different types of medicines. Steven pavalakis: Sure, the first line medications that we use is the stimulants and they include such things as Ritalin, Consida, Adderall, Dexedrine, Focalin, these medications are very similar have similar mechanisms of action and similar side effects they work very well in a child with ADHD for the time with the child is on it but of course in some children there are side effects I should stress that there is no evidence that these medications have a long-term effect in other words if I put a child in Ritalin is the other child may be a better student when they are 18 all their effects is when you are on the medications and terms of testing or the like. Male Speaker: And when we start this have mean it’s for life going to be stopped, what you’re Steven pavalakis: Yes medicine as I said the cause of ADHD for the most people is one of improvement.