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Treatment Flow

The Assessment

For a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder to be made, the following is necessary:

  • Clinical Interview
  • Corroboration
  • Testing

Initial Treatment

  • Medication is the mainstay of treatment.
  • Stimulants are safe and very effective.
  • Long-acting medications are preferable.
  • Vyvanse is particularly useful as it is not affected by stomach acidity.
  • Most people do not get any significant side effects. The most common are appetite and sleep disturbance. Care is needed with the contraceptive pill.
  • There are important interactions with alcohol and illicit drugs.
  • Blood pressure and pulse are monitored to manage cardiovascular risks

Behavior Therapy: This type of therapy is provided by a counsellor or coach. Tony will make a recommendation when this is indicated.

Stabilisation: During this stage, Tony will review your treatment response (by email or at an appointment depending on your choice) and check your progress and understanding of ongoing management. The dose of stimulant will be optimised. Consideration will be given to the need for other medications to deal with any remaining symptoms.

Maintenance: This phase involves six monthly prescriptions, an annual review and urine checks as required.

Want to Learn More?

If you would like more information about the treatment pathway at our Nedlands practice, please contact us today.

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Dr Anthony Mander | 08 9386 7855