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Examining Possible Causes of ADHD (page 2)

Examining Possible Causes of ADHD

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Updated on May 11, 2012

Although precise causes have not yet been identified, there is little question that early intervention is important. Dr. Sam Goldstein, PhD, Clinical Director of the Neurology, Learning and Behavior Center, says, "Somehow there is an erroneous belief, one that I believe that stems from the medical field, that knowing the cause of ADHD somehow leads to a better solution. As far as I am concerned, for children's developmental, learning and behavioral problems, cause may be interesting, but does not necessarily lead you any closer to functional intervention and positive change over time." As the debate over the causes of ADHD rages, studying the risks may one day help researchers prevent the disorder before symptoms develop. In the meantime, if you're concerned about whether or not your little one may have ADHD, you don't have to go through it alone. Get the facts by talking with a specialist, joining an organized support group for parents of children with ADHD, and visiting the CHADD website. And if your child has ADHD you can help your child by doing the following:

  • Medication. Dr. Reynolds says, "Parents should not fear medication if it's ADHD. Medication is part of the solution. I want to emphasize part of the solution for kids with ADHD. It should never be the only thing parents do."
  • Treatment plan. It's important to have a treatment plan in place that includes medication, and some form of behavioral intervention. There are certain cognitive therapies that help train kids to think before they act.
  • Consistency. "Consistency in parenting practices is enormously helpful for children with ADHD," Reynolds adds. "However, children with ADHD are the most difficult to practice consistency with." Set limits and practice discipline, but know that fear of punishment doesn't work.

Although as parents you can't cure ADHD, developing a plan of action to help your child and sticking to it will establish a supportive environment for her and you both.

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