5 promising research updates for ADHD treatments

Are you always keen on the recent research findings of ADHD and PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) since you or your child has it? Are you too an optimistic individual? Well, your prayers are answered now! There is a lot of researches conducted on the wellbeing of society. However, these five types of research will help you change certain things in your life, which will genuinely impact! So let us now see how much does it benefit you!

1) More distractions, less attention. How to study?

Are you too worried about the academics of your child due to difficulty in paying attention? If your child’s medication is not effective on their attention, this might be beneficial to your child. It shows that the consumption of two medications together rather than just one is more effective.


The complicated names of these two medications are guanfacine and d-methylphenidate. Quite complicated, right? Well, now you only have to check the names of the companies. These two medications are sold by companies called Intuniv or Tenex and Ritalin or Concerta.


This study, conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles, concluded that these two medications had improved the attention of kids the most than any other medications or their combinations. The brain scans also showed better working memory, the skill of thinking, and betterment of symptoms when compared to those who did not take two medications.


Just in case if you are too happy to hear this, let me tell you about its potential risks and side effects. Having two medicines increases the chance of fainting and dehydration. So, it is always better to take the guidance of your child’s doctor.

2) Is it a disadvantage?

We all are aware of the problems children with ADHD face due to their working memory issues. Due to these issues, they lag in problem-solving as they cannot process the information that consists of those problems. It is a piece of equally shocking and happy news that your child’s hyperactivity can help them improve their performance! It is that performance that lagged due to the issues with their working memory.


Indeed your hopes must have increased by the research conducted at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. This one research also proves how children with ADHD function better without deadlines or targets. Their hyperactivity turns out to make them more productive when given no deadlines or targets. And it is not the difference of just 2% to 3 % improvement in their performance but a staggering 25 percent improvement! Sometimes, they did not know the number of items that would be given to them, and sometimes they knew it. Indeed, this is an amazing research finding that will help you change the ways of making your kids learn better.


3) Exercise and positivity

We all have felt that when there is a lot of energy within us, we are more confused as we don’t know what to do with it. This confusion further makes us less motivated toward our goals. On the same lines, it was found in the research conducted at the University of Georgia with 32 males with ADHD. They pedaled on exercise bikes for 20 minutes at medium speed. Then they were given some time to rest.


Then they were given tasks related to memory such as the remembering number that flashed on the computer screen. Other tests included testing the speed of their processes through reaction-time tests. One such reaction time tests that they gave involved pressing button as soon as the red circle was seen on the screen. As you might have felt, these tests had the potential to induce stress in them.


There was a decrease in the levels of their confusion and tiredness. And they were full of energy and motivation. They felt positive. Indeed, exercise is an excellent way to avoid the harmful side effects of medications, such as developing substance abuse disorder. So now, you know a great way out of misery caused due to ADHD symptoms!

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4) Don’t you want a reward?

As parents of children who have ADHD, this old technique of rewarding them with their favorite food or their favorite show has been used. Are you still not doing so? Well, now you have a good reason to do so.


According to a study conducted at the University of Buffalo on 58 children of the age group of nine to twelve, some of them were given extra rewards while it was not given to others. When they compared children who received the reward and the ones who didn’t receive the reward, researchers understood the better performance of those who received the reward.


You need not be strict with your children anymore. It is time to be smart parents and teachers, and make them do things that benefit children with ADHD using this effective technique of rewarding!


5) Don’t you use a web tool?

This technique benefits everyone, including parents, teachers, doctors, and children with ADHD! But to gain and let others benefit, you, as a doctor, need to embrace technology on your professional level! You need to use a web-based software program.


The doctors who used a web-based tool received the reports of the students from their parents and teachers. According to the study conducted in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, those doctors who evaluated these reports of children with ADHD saw more decrease in ADHD symptoms than those who did not make use of the system. It is interesting to know that the symptoms of children with ADHD decreased by 30%, which were rated by parents.


As a Pediatrician, you know how to improve the lives of children with ADHD using technology. Such web-based tools are already available in the market. Days are not far when there will be a lot of success stories due to you!


Hence, these are promising five research updates that you needed to know. You will be significantly benefitted when implementing them in your life.


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