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Alternative treatments for kids with ADHD?

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Posted by ReynaE to Parents of ADHD Children on Mar 03, 2014 at 4:34pm


My daughter was diagnosed with ADHD when she was in the second grade.. she has been taking adderall for about 2 years now.. I am not 100% into treating this with medication but have no choice €¦ I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on how to deal with this without medication

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There are lots of ideas on non-pharmaceutical treatment for ADHD on the website, ADDitudemag.com. Their sections devoted to alternatives treatments is found at:

Behavioral Therapy: http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/3577.html
Nutrition and Diet: http://www.additudemag.com/topic/adhd-treatment/nutrition-diet.html
Non-Medical Treatment: http://www.additudemag.com/topic/adhd-treatment/alternative-adhd-therapies.html

There’s also a printable publication for download on Fish Oil: http://www.additudemag.com/RCLP/sub/3494.html.

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Mar 04, 2014 at 6:35pm

No study has yet demonstrated that any kind of complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) is as effective as medication for treating ADHD.  Some people are deficient in zinc so zinc supplementation can help.  Some respond well to neurofeedback.  Omega 3 supplementation is typically a good health practice for everyone, as is limiting processed foods/artificial colors/ preservatives/refined white sugar.  Some find a gluten free/dairy free diet is helpful.  Include more protein especially at breakfast to provide the building blocks for brain chemicals and prevent blood sugar fluctuations.  Behavioral therapy/counseling/parent training & education is very important for everyone diagnosed with ADHD - medication alone should never be the standard treatment.  You should investigate different CAM ideas and test some out, but if you are seeing good results from using medication with your daughter you should know that you will likely not find any CAM approach that will be as effective as medication.  Everyone is different though, so maybe you will find some things that work.  Best of luck to you!

Kelly (12 year old son with ADHD, mood disorder NOS, ODD, and health issues)

Posted by krtsinohio on Mar 04, 2014 at 7:22pm

Thank you so much for your suggestions i will be looking into some of these… I went to the nurologist with her yesterday and it turns out to be that she is starting to show signs for ODD which is completely new to me and a bit overwhelming to me.

Kelly how do you deal with it?

Posted by ReynaE on Mar 05, 2014 at 8:58pm

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