ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) are perhaps the most over-diagnosed yet under-treated disorders in both children and adults. While medication is undeniably helpful to those who have an attention deficit disorder, medication by itself is not sufficient.
Treatment that does not include psychotherapy can lead to an over-reliance on medication. Children and adults benefit enormously from learning strategies and coping techniques to help them stay focused and on task.
If untreated, children with attention deficit disorders can develop low self esteem, lack confidence, and do poorly in school. For some, the frustration and helplessness they feel can lead to anger and defiant behavior, acting out, and despair at not fitting in with their peers.
Many parents are wisely reluctant to put their children on psychotropic medication as they fear side effects and dependency. The drugs that are most commonly prescribed to treat attention deficit disorders in children are stimulants (amphetamines). In many instances, although the medication is an essential component of treatment, it should not be depended upon for lasting change and is not helpful in treating the social, emotional and psychological issues that may result from having an attention deficit disorder.
If you suspect that your child, yourself, or other family member may be suffering from ADHD, it is important to get the proper diagnosis and treatment. Click on the Book Now button to schedule an appointment.