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The role of General Practitioners in ADHD diagnosis and management

The role of General Practitioners in ADHD diagnosis and management

6.Treatment- Non-Pharmacological

NICE guidelines recommend a combination of pharmaceutical and non-pharmacological treatment.

There are a wide range of non-pharmacological treatments available for ADHD.

Psychoeducation, which helps individuals make sense of their symptoms and how they respond to specific situations is often very helpful. Good quality peer support and online resources can also be of great help.

For children: Behavioural intervention focused on environmental modifications is the most helpful. It provides teachers and parents with strategies to help the child (such as a group based parenting programs, one to one behavioural therapy or coaching).

For teenagers: Direct intervention based on CBT principles and interventions targeting academic support are considered preferable (such as reasonable adjustments at school).

For adults: CBT and organisation and planning support with everyday issues can be really beneficial (such as an online app)

Unfortunately, there is huge variability in the level of non-pharmacological support available in the UK, leading to a postcode lottery in terms of access to help.

This video explains some of the behavioural interventions for children such as parenting program.

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