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Alternative treatments for kids with ADHD?


daughter with ADHD
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


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

Behavioral Therapy:
Nutrition and Diet:
Non-Medical Treatment:

There’s also a printable publication for download on Fish Oil:

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

Hi ReynaE,

It was my experiemce that I got good relief from my ADHD symptoms with the combination of medication/protein based diet/supplements i.e. Vitamin B Complex, Fish Oil, Magnesium, Zinc and exercise. I felt pretty good with this routine.  Then I decided to give Neurofeedback a try. 

It was interesting because I felt pretty much the same after NF as I did on Ritalin.  The only difference is that the changes/relief of symptoms were permanent with NF.  It allowed me to give up medication (Ritalin for ADHD and Wellbutrin for Depression).

For me my primary issues were hyperactiveness (non-stop motor), impulsiveness, chronic anxiety, depression, rage, a constant need to be moving, excessive talking, and horrible sleep hygiene.

It has been over a year now since starting NF and those symptoms are gone.  Neurofeedback allows the brain to function in a healthier more balanced manner and it doesn’t go back to the way it was before treatment.

I don’t know what your daughter’s primary symptoms are but I would consider this form of treatment.  Everyone is different.  Some people like myself have great results and some people have partial relief of symptoms.  Something to think about.


Posted by Mitzi Maine on Mar 04, 2014 at 10:31pm

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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