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Managing ADHD at Home

Overview: 

Life in an ADHD Household

Caring for a child with ADHD can be overwhelming

The more you know about ADHD, the better you can help manage it

ADHD is viewed as an inherited condition, so it tends to run in families

It's helpful to create strategies to overcome the daily challenges of ADHD

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Managing ADHD at Home

Life in an ADHD Household

Caring for a child with ADHD can be overwhelming

The more you know about ADHD, the better you can help manage it

ADHD is viewed as an inherited condition, so it tends to run in families

It's helpful to create strategies to overcome the daily challenges of ADHD

Maintaining a happy home can be a challenge under the best of circumstances. But, when one or more family members have ADHD, those challenges can be overwhelming. A child who has ADHD may need help finishing homework. But for a parent with ADHD, they may have their own difficulties providing guidance. No matter who in the family has ADHD, the entire family can be impacted by the condition.

As a parent, the more you know about ADHD, the better you can help manage it. ADHD is widely viewed as an inherited condition, so it tends to run in families. Studies have shown that up to 44% of fathers of children with ADHD have ADHD. And up to 38% of mothers of children with ADHD also have the condition. Treatment with CONCERTA® is proven to help both children and adults effectively manage their ADHD symptoms.

Communication is an important part of any relationship—especially with family members. It's essential for your family to talk openly and honestly about ADHD. Educate yourself and your family about the condition. Identify the areas where your child struggles most. The more family members know about ADHD, the more helpful and understanding they can be. And you can all work together to overcome the everyday challenges of ADHD.

Here are some behavioral strategies that may help your child succeed:

  • Help him or her keep a regular schedule

  • Focus on your child's strengths instead of weaknesses

  • Talk with your child regularly about his or her treatment progress

  • Simplify and cut down on distractions

  • Work on organization

  • Set reachable goals

  • Reward positive behavior

  • Use calm discipline

  • Nurture your child's special abilities/talents

Managing your child's ADHD symptoms requires a great deal of time, patience, and understanding. You can have a positive impact in your child's treatment success. When all members of the family work together, you can create a positive, well-functioning home environment.


CONCERTA® is a prescription product approved for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as part of a total treatment program that may include counseling or other therapies.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Talk to your healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. Only a healthcare professional can decide whether medication is right for you or your child.

Abuse of methylphenidate may lead to dependence. Tell your healthcare professional if you or your child has had problems with alcohol or drugs. Keep CONCERTA® in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse.

CONCERTA® should not be taken by patients who have: allergies to methylphenidate or other ingredients in CONCERTA®; significant anxiety, tension, or agitation; glaucoma; tics, Tourette's syndrome, or family history of Tourette's syndrome; current or past use of monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI); esophagus, stomach, or intestinal narrowing. Children under 6 years of age should not take CONCERTA®.

Tell your healthcare professional if you or your child has had any heart problems, heart defects, high blood pressure, or a family history of these problems; has had depression, abnormal thoughts or visions, bipolar disorder, or seizure. Tell your doctor if you have or your child has numbness, pain, skin color change or sensitivity to temperature in fingers or toes. Contact your healthcare professional immediately if you or your child: develops abnormal thinking or hallucinations, abnormal or extreme moods and/or excessive activity; or if aggressive behavior or hostility develops or worsens while taking CONCERTA®. Painful and prolonged erections (priapism) have occurred with methylphenidate. If you or your child develop priapism, seek medical help right away. Because of the potential for lasting damage, priapism should be evaluated by a doctor immediately. Your child's healthcare professional should check height and weight often and may interrupt CONCERTA® treatment if your child is not growing or gaining weight as expected.

Stimulants may impair the ability of the patient to operate potentially hazardous machinery or vehicles. Caution should be used accordingly until you are reasonably certain that CONCERTA® does not adversely affect your ability to engage in such activities.

The most common adverse reaction in double-blind clinical trials (>5%) reported in children and adolescents was upper abdominal pain. The most common adverse reactions in double-blind clinical trials (>5%) in adult patients were decreased appetite, headache, dry mouth, nausea, insomnia, anxiety, dizziness, weight decreased, irritability, and hyperhidrosis.

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