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A 44-year-old member asked:

is there an alternative way to treat adhd besides prescription medications?

4 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Saccomando
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Yes, but not much: Nothing has ever been shown to help adhd better than medication. However, there are other things that might help. For hyperactivity, sometimes exercising the large muscle groups in your legs and torso may help. Jumping on a trampoline for 10 minutes before focusing can help. Also, sitting on an exercise ball instead of a chair may help you stay more focused.
Dr. Jennifer Diabo
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Possibly: An alternative to precription medications would be behavioral therapy/ modification techniques. I would recommend seeing a child psychologist who specializes in adhd. Things to do at home that are important are setting up a consistent regimen, ensuring your child gets enough sleep, avoiding caffeine, candy, and junk food, and having a defined set of rules for the household.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Not really : Amer acad of ped practice guidelines state that stimulant medication must be recommended for adhd, since it is so safe & effective. Treatments that don't require a prescription are ineffective & may be dangerous. If you dont use a stimulant your brain won't grow 2 it's potential & you're cheating yourself of high achievement. It makes no sense not to use safe incredibly effective medications.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
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Dr. Andres R Villar
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Yes,but do they work: There are anecdotal reports and small studies showing benefits of mineral, vitamins, dietary changes in small populations, on case by case basis.Behavioral intervention, parenting skill training and neurofeedback are recommended as level i or level ii interventions by the aap, however, medications have the longest track record of benefit and are the mainstay of an adhd program.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Anecdotal Information is just testimonial personal information, not subjected to a rigorous verification. These are not even observations of a naturalistic kind that have some weight medically. They're just wishful thinking. The plural or anecdote is not data.
Sep 7, 2012

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