Treatment Options for ADHD in Children and Teens

A review of research for parents and caregivers on ADHD topics, such as: diagnosis, parental behavior, medicines and their risks, non-medicinal treatment options, etc. This summary can help you talk with your doctor about ADHD and your child.

NIH CLINICAL RESEARCH TRIALS

NIH Clinical Research Trials and You is a website that informs visitors about the importance of volunteering for clinical research in order to help treat, prevent and/or diagnose diseases. Visitors can also search for trials or enroll in research matching programs.

Development of Preventive Interventions for ADHD (Audio)

No longer science fiction: The development of preventive interventions for ADHD
Dr. Jeffrey Halperin, Ph.D. will:
Start with the notion that “Prevention is better than cure” (Desiderius Erasmus, 1466 – 1536) and will consider ways in which preventive interventions can be used to alter the all-too-common adverse course of ADHD over the lifetime.
Reframe current notions about ADHD into a developmental perspective that better reflects the changing nature of the disorder from the preschool years through adulthood.
Describe brain changes over time that parallel the diverse behavioral outcomes associated with ADHD.
Discuss why most current treatments for ADHD have only modest, if any, effects on long-term outcome.
Describe a novel early intervention/prevention program for children with ADHD that is based on the notion that environmental manipulations can impact brain growth and development, which, in turn, may have lasting effects on the severity of ADHD.

The Multimodal Treatment of ADHD Study (MTA):Questions and Answers

“To examine how intensive treatment with medications compares with intensive behavior therapy, or with the combination of the two, NIMH sponsored the Multimodal Treatment of ADHD (MTA) study. The main findings from this study were published in December 1999…”

Proposed Draft Revisions to DSM Disorders and Criteria

Draft disorders and disorder criteria that have been proposed by the DSM-5 Work Groups. Use the links below to read about proposed changes to the disorders that interest you. Please note that the proposed criteria listed here are not final. These are initial drafts of the recommendations that have been made to date by the DSM-5 Work Groups.