Child just diagnosed - where do I start

My child has just been diagnosed and I don't know where to start.  There is so much information and I am struggling to make sense of it all.

A:

Not all the information offered online or in popular media is scientifically accurate. You need to evaluate possible treatment approaches against the available science of ADHD. So, it is up to you to be a good consumer and learn to distinguish the accurate information from the inaccurate.

In general, it is good to be wary about ads, articles and blog posts that claim to 'cure' ADHD. Currently, there is no 'cure', but you can take positive steps to decrease some of the adverse impacts ADHD might be having on you and/or your family.  

What is the source of the information, is it referenced, is it balanced and is it more than anecdotal information. 

Also, ask yourself whether the writer has an agenda - for example are they just trying to sell their latest book.

Access information from reputable websites (eg. LADS, CHADD and CADDRA) and look for evidence of research, not purely anecdotal information.  Sometimes this is okay (personal insights etc.), but when it comes to making decisions about treatment options - the internet should not be your first or only source of information.

Your medical team, including an ADHD specialist, who are trained in evidence-based treatment, can be your guide when determining treatment options.  Effective treatment tends to combine education about ADHD, behavioural management techniques (and for children, academic accommodation programs) as well as informed decision making about medication use.  In determining the best treatment approach, an experienced specialist will consider many factors including age, life circumstances and effectiveness of the specific treatment, as well as possible co-existing conditions. Regular monitoring of progress is important, as is adjusting the treatment when needed.  Just as important as selecting an evidence-based treatment approach for ADHD is selecting the right professional to work with you and/or your family.

Learn all you can about ADHD. While a great deal of information on the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD is available, not all of it is accurate or based on scientific evidence. It is up to you to be a good consumer and learn to distinguish the accurate information from the inaccurate. How can you sort out what will be useful and what will not? In general, it is good to be wary about ads claiming to cure ADHD. Currently, there is no cure for ADHD, but you can take positive steps to decrease its impact. In addition, pay attention to the source of the information. If you’re using the Internet, stick with reputable websites such as government (for example CDC), nonprofit (such as CHADD) or university resources (those that end in .edu). - See more at: http://www.chadd.org/Understanding-ADHD/For-Parents-Caregivers.aspx#sthash.dUGzTRuV.dpuf
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