Alternative Therapies for ADHD

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Many people, including parents of ADHD children, prefer to use alternative therapies for treating ADHD rather than prescription medication. There are a lot of options out there; some might work and some might not. Even if you or your child take medications for ADHD, many of the treatments available can enhance the effect.

Here is a summary of some of the treatments I have found, in no particular order:

    Vitamins and supplements
    Equine Therapy
    Tibetan Singing Bowls
    Martial Arts
    Brain development programs

In the coming days, I will be exploring each of these alternative therapies for ADHD in more detail.

Diet, vitamins and supplements, and herbs will be covered together. Yoga, meditation, and Tibetan Singing Bowls will be grouped together, as will Martial Arts, exercise, and equine therapy. Brain development programs and NLP will be covered at the same time, and my final summary will include a look at my Natural ADHD Diet, which is a combination of many different things.

In general, you will find that some alternative therapies work better than others, and that some may not work at all. Most will require more of a commitment from you and/or your child – that is, all take more work than swallowing a pill. And for many therapies, you will find that their effectiveness starts out slowly an improves over time.

In addition, I believe, as do many ADHD professionals, that some people with ADHD will find their best treatment in the use of prescription medications. It’s a personal choice. When you are well informed on all of your options, you can make an educated and well thought out decision.

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Lacy Estelle

Lacy Estelle is the writer of and the Podcast host for An ADD Woman.

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10 Responses

  1. Hi! I found you via Twitter Moms and I’m glad I did! I’m going to subscribe to your feed. My youngest child (10 yo girl) has ADHD.

  2. Hi Angie! I’m so glad you found me. I have another site called ADD Student that you might want to check out, too. It’s about kids with ADHD and school.

  3. Have you gotten feedback from people who have used neurofeedback for ADHD? Some find it works quite well, especially when combined with other approaches you describe.

  4. Vicki – I have no experience at all with neurofeedback. Do you? I would like to hear more. I’ll have to check into it.

    Thanks for mentioning it!

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