Are you wondering what to expect after starting ADHD treatment for yourself or your child? At Connections, we understand that embarking on a management plan can raise many questions and uncertainties. To provide clarity and avoid disappointment, let’s delve into realistic expectations and dispel common misconceptions about ADHD treatment.

Understanding Possible Side Effects

It’s essential to be aware of potential side effects that may accompany ADHD medication. These can include stomach aches, headaches, sleep disturbances, mood changes, and decreased appetite. While these side effects may initially occur, they often diminish over time with consistent medication use and a balanced diet.

Addressing Expectations versus Reality

Expectation: If my child eats breakfast at school, then they should be good to go for the morning to prevent the burning stomach ache or nagging headache at 9 a.m.

Truth: Some medications may already be in effect by breakfast time, leading to decreased appetite and potential discomfort. Ensuring a nutritious breakfast can help mitigate these effects.

Academic Performance

Expectation: My child should begin to make all A’s.

Truth: ADHD medication enables children to perform at their intellectual capacity but does not guarantee academic excellence. Progress should be measured relative to the child’s capabilities, acknowledging improvements even if they don’t result in straight A’s.

Behavior and Cooperation

Expectation: I’ll no longer receive disciplinary notes from the teacher about my child.

Truth: Addressing behavioral aspects of ADHD may require time and a multidimensional approach, including counseling and behavioral therapy, especially if coexisting disorders are present.


Expectation: Our child’s self-confidence will improve.

Truth: While ADHD management can positively impact self-esteem, addressing coexisting disorders and providing appropriate support are crucial for sustained improvement.

Regular Follow-Up and Support

At Connections, we prioritize ongoing communication and support for our families. Regular follow-up appointments allow us to assess progress, make necessary adjustments, and provide guidance tailored to individual needs.

Seeking Guidance and Support

If you ever feel uncertain about your child’s progress or require reassurance, don’t hesitate to reach out to your healthcare provider. At Connections, we offer comprehensive behavioral and mental health evaluations, personalized treatment plans, and therapeutic support to empower individuals and families on their journey to wellness.


Managing ADHD involves realistic expectations, ongoing support, and a multidisciplinary approach to address individual needs effectively. By understanding what to expect and seeking appropriate support, individuals and families can navigate the challenges of ADHD treatment with confidence and resilience.

Remember, the information provided here serves as a guide and should not replace personalized medical advice. If you’re considering behavioral therapy or counseling, reach out to Connections to schedule an appointment and embark on a path toward holistic well-being.