Most behaviour therapies for people with ADHD are not really effective, say experts
Does behaviour therapy for people with ADHD actually work? Well, there is a new study that seems to suggest otherwise.
People with ADHD are offered a range of treatments apart from drugs. However, new research suggests that nothing apart from medication actually works.
ADHD is characterized by social and behavioural problems, apart from challenges in school like difficulty with focusing or sitting still. Stimulant medications can help address some behaviour and attention issues. Many experts recommend stimulants or behaviour therapy, or both.
Behaviour therapy is the first approach recommended by most therapists as its hard to diagnose ADHD in children younger than 4 years of age. With older children, medication is mostly the first approach, alone, or in combination with behaviour therapy.
Some forms of behaviour therapy for ADHD are designed in a way to help kids improve focus, attention, and organization. Others concentrate on reducing disruptive behaviour that can make it hard for children to make friends or do well in school.
The study says that cognitive training showed no benefit at all or only a short-term improvement in ADHD signs. Also, studies looking at child or parent training programs had mixed results.
ADHD can mean different symptoms from one kid to the next, so children need an accurate and comprehensive diagnosis before it’s really possible to decide which treatments might work best in their situation, recommend experts.