New research supports adding risperidone (brand name Risperdal) and parental training to traditional attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications for kids with severe aggression.

Studies have shown that the regimen of psychotropic and stimulant medications, in addition to parental training, helps relieve childhood anxiety and reduces disruptive behavior.

The new study results confirm previous findings by researchers at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and three other institutions. They have showed that when children with ADHD and serious physical aggression were prescribed both a stimulant and an antipsychotic drug — along with teaching parents behavior management techniques — they had a reduction of aggressive and serious disruptive behavior.

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