15-year-old Amanda had good grades in school but had trouble focusing in class and found herself easily distracted from her lessons.
Amanda says, "Like if the teacher would ask me a question, I would ask them to repeat it, or cause I wasn't listening. Or I just couldn't really, like, sit still in class and stuff."
Amanda was diagnosed with A-D-H-D - Attention Deficit Hyper-activity Disorder.
Amanda's doctor says children with A-D-H-D face a unique set of challenges.
Dr. Martin Kutscher says, "The main symptoms are short attention span, disorganization, and there may also be hyperactivity and impulsivity."
To learn which treatments work best, Consumer Reports surveyed more than 900 parents whose children have A-D-H-D.
Dr. Orly Avitzur says, "84% of those in the survey had tried medication and of those
two-thirds said that it helped a lot."
But medication alone is not a cure-all. The survey found that children like Amanda who were treated with both drug and non-drug therapies had better results than those who used drugs alone.
Non-drug A-D-H-D therapies include having children meet with a psychologist, getting accommodations in school, and keeping a consistent schedule.
Consumer Reports says if you're considering A-D-H-D medication, be aware there can be side effects.
Dr. Avitzur adds, "Weight loss, decreased appetite, sleep problems, irritability, and an upset stomach. These problems are usually mild, and with the help of a doctor, they can be well managed."
As Amanda's family has found, with the proper treatment and close monitoring, children with A-D-H-D are likely to improve over time.
T...Before children take medication for A-D-H-D, Consumer Reports says it's important to have a health exam. 15% of those surveyed did not have a basic screening before being prescribed medication.