ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is a condition affecting millions of people, both children and adults. Common symptoms include:
- trouble paying attention
- trouble completing tasks
- frequently interrupting others
Several effective treatments for ADHD are available including medication, psychotherapies, or a combination.
ADHD is diagnosed as one of three types based on the symptoms over the past six months:
- inattentive type
- hyperactive/impulsive type
- combined type
For more details, see the American Psychiatric Association ADHD page.
The most well-established treatments for ADHD are medications and psychotherapies.
Behavioral therapy has been shown effective at improving ADHD symptoms. See the following papers for examples:
Many medications can improve ADHD symptoms, including:
- methylphenidate (Concerta, Ritalin, Metadate, Daytrana)
- dexmethylphenidate (Focalin)
- mixed amphetamine salts (Adderall)
- lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse)
- dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine)
- atomoxetine (Strattera)
- and more