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Attention Deficit Disorder: Latest Medical Breakthroughs

Friday, 18 Mar 2011 10:17 AM

Attention Deficit Disorder is medically classified as a neurobehavioral developmental disorder. It is characterized by symptoms like behavioral problems and hyperactivity. A number of medical breakthroughs have made Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder treatment more effective.
Here’s a list of the latest medical breakthroughs in treating Attention Deficit Disorders:
1. Craniosacral Therapy: This method has been found to be highly effective in treating Attention Deficit Disorder symptoms. It is a gentle therapy that positively influences the functioning of the brain, spinal cord, and the endocrine and immune systems. It is used to bring relief to tension patterns in meningeal membranes and helps restore normal nervous tissue functions.
2. Interactive Metronome Training: This is a strategy that uses a simple metronome to produce an equal rhythmic beat which the patient tries to match with the hand or by tapping the feet. With the help of auditory feedback provided, this treatment improves timing skills as well as motor planning in patients.
3. Behavioral modifications: Several psychological therapies have recently been proven to be highly effective in controlling Attention Deficit Disorder. These therapies may include cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior therapy, as well as psycho-educational input. Family therapy, interpersonal psychoanalysis, as well as parent management training have also been very successful in some cases.
4. Stimulant drugs: Stimulants help raise extracellular concentrations of neurotransmitters to control Attention Deficit Disorder. Some of these stimulant medications include Vyvanse, Dexedrine, Desoxyn, and Adderall. A word of caution — these drugs may be highly addictive.
5. Antipsychotic drugs: The introduction of antipsychotic medications has also tremendously improved the recovery rate of patients affected by Attention Deficit Disorder. Drugs such as Risperdal work by blocking a neurotransmitter called dopamine. Approved by the FDA, antipsychotic medications have been successful in controlling Attention Deficit Disorder symptoms in teenagers as well as children. 

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