Mental disorders not only impact the person suffering but also his/her family, friends, teachers and almost everyone who come in regular contact with the person. It’s even more challenging to understand and treat such conditions in children as their brains are in the development stage and symptoms of one disorder may overlap with those of another. Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) struggle with their lessons at school or while playing at a birthday party or attending a school trip. They have a hard time following rules and instructions, and unwillingly develop unhealthy behavior patterns that are often misunderstood.
However, there are ways to deal with these challenges. One of the most important things is to remain patient with the child, helping him or her get organized, keeping them busy, and giving them a daily dose of good exercise and medication. A new medication can help parents deal with morning routines and instill confidence among ADHD-affected children.
There is a lot of concern being directed towards the long-term impact of ADHD medications on children. Experts suggest that the initiation of such treatments should be done after careful evaluation of the short-term and long-term effects, to determine the dose and duration, treatment outcomes as well as other factors. Along these lines, a discussion at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) talked about the new formulation of the long-acting stimulant methylphenidate, which may ease the stress of dealing with children suffering from ADHD. The discussion was based on an analysis of a phase-III trial where data was collected using the 20-item “before school functioning questionnaire” (BSFQ) involving 163 children aged six to 12.
The findings indicated that those on HLD200, the name of the new formulation, had a significant reduction in the mean score as compared to those on placebo suggesting an improved functioning in areas where children with the disorder are expected to struggle. Also, the new method of administering the drug showed a lot of prospects in reducing the time and effort in getting the affected children ready in the morning. This new method relies on the delexis technology which allows for a delayed release of the drug by eight to 10 hours after ingestion. This means that if the medication is taken in the evening, its effect will appear when the child wakes up in the morning. This has an advantage over other medications which are usually taken in the morning. Although their magic lasts for 12 hours, it’s challenging for parents, caregivers and kids to wake up early morning, take the medication, go back to sleep, and wake up for school again. By taking the medication in the evening, improvements can be seen in time awareness, attention, listening, distraction, talkativeness, forgetfulness, organization and following directions.
Therefore, such findings provide fruitful alternatives for parents and other family members who are dealing with the challenges of taking care of a child with ADHD. The drug is yet to be approved by FDA. It is important to note that any form of medication when dealing with mental disorders require the assistance of a psychiatrist or a trained health care professional who devotes time in understanding a patient’s needs and is capable of suggesting customized treatment.
People affected by mental health conditions face a lot of stigma, which deters them from seeking treatment at the right time. An untreated mental illness is like a slow poison that devours the affected individual and his/her family due to its drastic effects. It is very hard to live with a mental condition on daily basis and hence, a patient must be provided care at the earliest.
The Arizona Mental Health Helpline can help connect the aggrieved ones to state-of-the-art treatment facilities in the U.S. that can help a person get their life back on track. Call our 24/7 helpline 866-606-7791 to get connected to one of the best mental health treatment centers in Arizona or chat with a medical representative in case you want to know more about some evidence-based residential mental health treatment centers in Arizona.