According to the National Institute of Mental Health, current available ADHD treatments aim at reducing the symptoms of ADHD and improving functioning.
Treatments include medication, various types of psychotherapy, education and training, or a combination of treatments.
Some therapist suggest nutritional evaluation and sleep study prior to diagnosing a child with ADHD. Most children who are misdiagnosed with ADHD do not sleep enough nightly and/or have a poor diet.
The National Sleep Foundation suggests children age 6 to 13 need 9-11 hours of sleep a night. Few children receive this needed sleep. There is an increasing demand on a child’s time from school, sports and other extracurricular and social activities.
In addition, school-age children become more interested in TV, computers, the media and Internet as well as caffeine products – all of which can lead to difficulty falling asleep, nightmares and disruptions to their sleep.