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Treatment Levels for AD/HD

Part of the AD/HD For Dummies Cheat Sheet

A variety of ways exist to treat your AD/HD symptoms but treatment has to be addressed from three levels: biological, psychological, and social. This combined, or multimodal treatment approach is the most effective way to deal with AD/HD.

Biological

Biological treatments change the way your brain works. The change can be accomplished several ways and can be temporary or permanent, depending on the approach you take. The options include:

  • Medication

  • Diet

  • Vitamin supplements and herbal remedies

  • Repatterning therapies, such as neurofeedback, Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention, auditory integration training, and vision therapy

  • Rebalancing therapies, such as homeopathics, acupuncture, sensory integration therapies, and manipulation therapies (osteopathy, chiropractic, and CranioSacral Therapy).

Psychological

Psychological therapies help you deal with the feelings that come from your symptoms and understand how to change the way you think and act to improve your life. Psychological treatment strategies can include:

  • Counseling and psychotherapy, such as insight-oriented therapy, supportive therapy, play therapy, skills training, psychoeducational counseling, and parent training

  • Behavior management, such as behavior modification, cognitive-behavioral counseling, and awareness training

Social

Everyone needs certain skills in order to function in the world, but people with AD/HD often struggle with basic life strategies. After you deal with the biological issues associated with AD/HD, you need to start developing your social skills in the following areas:

  • Organization

  • Relationships

  • Communication

  • Lifestyle choices

  • Occupational skills

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