Do I really need it?
Although they won’t cure ADHD, medications are considered an important aspect of treatment. They help improve the symptoms of ADHD by:
- Improving attention
- Decreasing impulsivity/hyperactivity
These improvements in turn allow a person with ADHD to use other treatment strategies more effectively, such as behavioural therapy and skills training.
How do medications for ADHD work?
Not all modes of action of ADHD medications are understood. However, many of them appear to help improve attention and decrease impulsivity and hyperactivity by affecting certain brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters.
ADHD medications are either long-acting or short-/intermediate-acting.