When you are diagnosed with ADHD, your specialist might discuss giving you medication to help you concentrate and focus.
There are several different kinds of medication that can be prescribed for ADHD, some of them are stimulants and there are also non-stimulant medications too. Your specialist will discuss the best type of medication for you to take with you and your parents or carers.
You might be given ‘fast release’ pills which last for around 4 hours, so you have to take another one at lunchtime or you might be given ‘slow release’ pills which last around 8 hours so you take one in the morning before school. You might be prescribed a combination of both.
Medication helps you to focus better, but they are not magic pills that fix all the challenges you had before, you need to work hard and develop skills and strategies that help you in school and at home.
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Even if you take medication, there are other things that you can do which might help you to manage your symptoms and help you with challenges:
- Talking to other people with ADHD
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Healthy diet
- A good sleep routine
- Expressive Arts
- Spending time outdoors.