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How have treatments and the understanding of ADHD changed in recent years?

Dr. Mark Casdorph discusses how treatments and the understanding of ADHD have changed in recent years. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

How have treatments and the understanding of ADHD changed in recent years?

In the past, it was commonly thought, and there's still elements of it, that the child can somehow control themselves. And so parents will use spanking, or they'll use bribing, or they'll use prayers, anything they can to try to get a child to not be symptomatic. It doesn't work.

So, we now know that it's a brain chemistry issue, just the same as if somebody had diabetes. We identify it as a medical condition and we treat it appropriately. And because they're children that we initially treat, we particularly look at what's the best approach. Treatment using medicines, behavior training, all those factors.


Years ago, people thought that children who couldn’t sit still, spoke out of turn and did poorly in school were just misbehaving. 

The thought was that children should be able to control themselves and do as they were told. But after spanking, punishing and bribing, the problems continued, according to Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians.

Now, we know there are problems in the brain chemistry that make ADHD a medical issue. 

We know that children and adults who are treated for ADHD with medication, behavioral training, or in other ways are better able to manage their energy and live full, healthy lives.

For more information about how treatment and the understanding of ADHD has changed in recent years, talk with your doctor.

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella D.O, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Paul Weber, MD, The Pediatric Group; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Lisa Wright, MSN, NP-C, Ann DeClue, MD; Mark Casdorph, DO, Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health

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