U.S. Health Care Professionals

Managing ADHD

ADHD may be a chronic disorder, and you may be an integral member of your patient's health care team for a substantial period of time1,2. Therefore, it is important for you to know the overall management plan for a patient with ADHD and for you to communicate this information to patients and parents or caregivers to help manage their expectations. Select a topic to explore.

Developing a Management Plan

Introduces the types of therapies that may be part of a multimodal approach to ADHD management. Includes suggested questions that may be posed to patients or parents and caregivers to help develop the management plan.


Community-Based Support Team Members

Provides an overview of the team that helps patients manage their ADHD, along with the possible roles of each member.


Pharmacologic Therapy

Reviews considerations concerning medications approved by the FDA for use in ADHD.


Nonpharmacologic Strategies

Presents a discussion of a variety of non-medication-based approaches to management of ADHD, including behavior modification, cognitive behavioral therapy, and ADHD coaching.



  1. Pliszka S; AACAP Work Group on Quality Issues. Practice parameter for the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2007;46(7):894-921.
  2. Subcommittee on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Steering Committee on Quality Improvement and Management. ADHD: clinical practice guideline for the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents. Pediatrics. 2011:128(5):1007-1022, SI1-SI21.