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(p. 173) Medications
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Jan Willer

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date: 29 September 2020

An understanding of medication treatment for ADHD is helpful to educate clients about the benefits and to facilitate collaboration with psychiatrists and other prescribers. Psychotherapy is helpful for organizational skills but leaves the client with continued cognitive difficulties. Stimulant medications effectively address these cognitive problems and are currently considered the most scientifically validated treatment of ADHD. Stimulant medications are well tolerated by clients and have been prescribed safely for decades. Only one nonstimulant medication, atomoxetine (brand name Strattera), has been approved by the FDA for adults with ADHD. Individuals with ADHD may be reluctant to take medication. In these cases, psychotherapists are directed to inquire about the client’s concerns about medication. Some people with ADHD function well without medication. This is an understudied area of research, so little is known.

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