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is therapy. Therapies including psychoeducation and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) have proved useful in treating symptoms related to ADHD, such as anxiety. Some parents fi nd that a healthy diet and regular exercise helps improve their child’s symptoms, although this is not supported by medical evidence. Foods containing


sugar and caffeine are likely to aggravate hyperactivity and intolerance to wheat or dairy products could also enhance symptoms. Family support is also a crucial


factor for successful treatment. Parent training and educational programmes can help you understand the condition and learn how to help your child cope with ADHD. 


DR CHRIS’S RECOMMENDED MEDICATIONS FOR ADHD


Methylphenidate A stimulant that increases the activity in the parts of the brain that control attention and behaviour. Prescribed to children (age six or older) and teenagers with ADHD.


Dexamfetamine Similar to Methylphenidate, Dexamfetanine stimulates the areas of the brain that control attention and behaviour. Prescribed to children (age three or older) and teenagers with ADHD.


Lisadexamfetamine Similar to Dexafetamine, Lisadexafetamine is a stimulant and aff ects the same parts of the brain. Prescribed to children (age six or older) and teenagers if treatment with Methylphenidate doesn’t help.


Atomextine This is a Selective Noradrenaline Uptake Inhibitor (SNRI). It increases noradrenaline in the brain, which is the chemical that transfers messages back and forth between brain cells. The increase can control concentration and impulses. Prescribed to children (age six or older) and teenagers, as well as adults who are continuing with ADHD treatment.


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