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ADHD Testing (cont.)

After an ADHD Diagnosis

If someone is diagnosed with ADHD or ADD, his or her health-care professional will make a recommendation regarding treatment. Typically this involves the use of a medication, such as a stimulant (methylphenidate [Ritalin, Concerta], amphetamine and dextroamphetamine [Adderall], lisdexamfetamine [Vyvanse]) or a nonstimulant (atomoxetine [Strattera]), and often some level of cognitive behavioral therapy as well. A health-care professional will then intermittently evaluate the patient's symptoms using modified (shortened) screening and rating scales and will adjust the therapy accordingly.

REFERENCES:

Floet, A.M., C. Scheiner, and L. Grossman. “Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.” Pediatrics in Review 31.2 (2010): 56-69.

Post, R.E., and S.L. Kurlansik. "Diagnosis and Management of ADHD in Adults." Am Fam Physician 85.9 May 1, 2012: 890-896.

Subcommittee on ADHD, QI and Management Steering Committee. "ADHD: Clinical Practice Guideline for the Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment of ADHD in Children and Adolescents." Pediatrics 128.5 (2011): 1007.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/17/2014

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