Option GridTM decision aid:

Complex behavior problems in children and youth: treatment options

Use this decision aid to help you and your healthcare professional talk about how to treat complex behavior problems in youth ages 5 to 18. These problems include being unable to control anger, aggression, or hyperactivity, and may be related to the following diagnoses: oppositional defiant disorder, disruptive behavioral disorder, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or depression. 

It is best to use other treatments like behavioral therapy before trying medication. Not all medications listed have Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, so please check with your healthcare professional.


Erin Barnett (Lead Editor)
Elizabeth Boucher, William Daviss, Stacey Carloni, Maureen Kaplan, Scott Kessler, Emily Marsh, Manish Mishra, Glyn Elwyn