Comparison of Treatments for ADHD

 

 Area of Concern Neurofeedback Psychotherapy Medication- Ritalin/Adderall
How Long has the treatment  been around? Since 1960s Early 20th Century or before Ritalin – 1956Adderall –   1996
Results are long term once stopped Yes Yes No. Possible “rebound effect”
Average Cost per Session $110 $100 $20/month for Ritalin$140/month for Adderall
Average Time Investment 30-50 hours over 1 year 10-60 hours over 1-2 years 1 minute per day  until adulthood or longer
Negative Side Effects No No Ritalin- Decreased appetite , symptoms worsen when drug wears off, nervousness, potential for abuseAdderall- False sense of wellbeing , abdominal pain
Ability to treat multiple biomarkers Yes Yes Medications for differing biomarkers often conflict with one another
Outside Interests that conflict No No Possible financial and political
Effectiveness Shows improvement approx. 80% of the time Many people report positive results when they follow assignments Varies.  Some report good results. May require several different medication attempts to find the best fit
American Pediatric Association Approved Yes Level l Yes, Level l when combined with behavior therapy Yes, Level l when combined with behavior therapy
Approved for children under 6 Yes Yes No
Total Costs Lifetime: $3000 average 1-10 years: $600-$6000 6 years: $1440, plus behavior therapy: total approximately: $4000

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