Meds aren't only way to treat kids with ADHD, psychiatrist explains

Medication alone is not the only way to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, says psychiatrist Dr Goitsemang Gomolemo Sepeng.

It's not only just medication.

Dr Goitsemang Gomolemo Sepeng, psychiatrist

Therapy, cognitive training, family counselling, behavioural intervention and lifestyle modification can also be implemented in conjunction with drug treatment, Dr Sepeng explains.

Read: ADHD: commonly misunderstood symptoms

ADHD is a chronic neuropsychiatric disorer associated with a pattern of ongoing symptoms including inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.

ADHD can an individual's ability to function and maintain healthy relationships.

Your executive roles get impaired and it becomes difficult for the brain to filter info and process what is important and what is not.

Dr Goitsemang Gomolemo Sepeng, psychiatrist

Also read: Tips to assist you if your partner has ADHD

Some experts argue that ADHD is being overdiagnosed and there is not conclusive evidence on the causes of the disorder.

The statistics report that 5% to 8% of children are affected with ADHD. And the symptoms will persist into adulthood for 60% of those children.

Dr Goitsemang Gomolemo Sepeng, psychiatrist

Dr Sepeng urges parents to educate themselves using resources such as My ADHD and spread awareness.

Take a listen to her expert advice and callers ask questions:


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