Hello, I'd like to help you with your question.It can be frightening to hear that your child has diagnosis, especially when the options are unclear and you are not sure where to turn.More than half of all ADHD cases are diagnosed incorrectly and be caused by a variety of issues including sleep issues, nutrition, etc. So being sure your son does have ADHD is key. That includes getting a second opinion if you feel it is needed. Therapy is an excellent option for your son so he can not only be monitored, but he can have a way to talk about the feelings around his diagnosis..You may want to try a therapist who can use behavioral reinforcement techniques with your child to help with the symptoms. You may also want to ask your doctor if there are any specializing pediatricians that may help your child avoid medications and seek alternative treatments in case you do not want to use medication with your child.Also, medications can help a lot if the diagnosis is correct (on a shortterm basis, less than one year) to assist your child to focus. The medicationswork by stimulating the pre frontal cortex of the brain. In ADHD children, thisarea of the brain is immature and has trouble dealing with the impulses fromthe central part of the brain where wants and desires emerge. The medicationsimply "wakes up" the pre frontal cortex further and allows it to functionas it should. These medications do have some side effects such as possible sleep issuesand changes in appetite. However, for short term use, they are usuallyconsidered safe. I hope this has helped you,Kate
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