Part #6 - Treatment Options for Students with ADHD
NASET ADHD SERIES
Like many medical conditions, ADHD is managed, not cured. There's no "quick fix" that resolves the symptoms of the disorder. Yet a lot can be done to help. Through effective management, some of the secondary problems that often arise out of untreated ADHD may be avoided. In the majority of cases, ADHD management will be a life-long endeavor. It may be helpful to think of ADHD as a challenge that can be met. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), in combination with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), completed a long-term, multisite study to determine which treatments had the greatest positive effect on reducing ADHD symptoms. This study is known as the MTA study (The MTA Cooperative Group, 1999). MTA stands for multi-modal treatment study of children with ADHD. Although at present no cure for ADHD exists, there are a number of treatment options that have proven to be effective for some children. Effective strategies include behavioral, pharmacological, and multimodal methods.
The focus of this issue of the ADHD Series will be to address recommended multi-modal treatment options for ADHD.