The ADDitude Guide to Alternative ADHD Treatment

The ADDitude Guide to Alternative ADHD Treatment

Everything you need to know about non-drug treatment options for adults and children with ADHD.

Free ADHD handout from ADDitude...

ADHD doctors and researchers explain the benefits and risks of behavior therapy, neurofeedback, working-memory treatment, nutrition, omega-3 fatty acids, and much more.
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ADHD Advisory Board

Chairman
Larry Silver, M.D.
Georgetown University Medical School

Members
Russell Barkley, Ph.D.
Medical University of South Carolina

Carol Brady, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine

Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D.
Yale University School of Medicine

Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.
The Hallowell Center

Peter Jaksa, Ph.D.
ADD Centers of America

Peter Jensen, M.D.
Center for the Advancement of Children's Mental Health
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Rachel Klein, Ph.D.
Child Study Center
New York University Medical School

Harold Koplewicz, M.D.
Child Study Center
New York University Medical School

Michele Novotni, Ph.D.
Wayne Counseling Center

Patricia Quinn, M.D.
National Center for Gender Issues and AD/HD

Karen Wagner, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Texas Medical Branch

Timothy Wilens, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

This report contains five sections, each full of in-depth research and tips that will help you guide your own ADD treatment or the treatment of your child with ADHD. Included are:

Behavior Therapy: A Guide to Good Behavior
Behavior therapy is a structured discipline strategy based on rewards and consequences - here's how you can make it work for your child

EXCERPT: "According to a landmark study by the National Institute of Mental Health, behavior therapy and medication together promise the best results for children with ADHD..."

Neurofeedback: A Promising Therapy for ADHD Children
How these high-tech brain exercises can help reduce impulsivity and increase attentiveness in children with ADHD

EXCERPT: "How does a parent know if the therapy is working? According to experts, the practitioner should see increased activation of the brain’s frontal lobe after five sessions..."

ADHD Supplements: Facts About Fish Oil
Can this common supplement sharpen your child’s focus?

EXCERPT: "While omega-3 fatty acids seem to improve anyone’s mental focus, several small recent studies suggest that the compounds may be especially helpful to those with ADHD..."

ADHD Nutrition: Balanced Meals, Better Behavior
Strike the perfect balance between fruits and vegetables, protein, and complex carbs to ease some ADHD symptoms

EXCERPT: "...Dietary protein triggers the synthesis of alertness-inducing neurotransmitters, while dietary carbohydrates trigger the synthesis of neurotransmitters that cause drowsiness..."

Exercise: A Med Without Side Effects
How physical activity can improve focus in children with ADHD

EXCERPT: "When you walk, run, or do a set of jumping jacks or pushups, that activity elevates the brain’s dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin levels -- chemicals that affect focus and attention..."

Green Time: How Nature Can Reduce Symptoms
More time spent in parks, woods and backyards translates into better concentration, focus and behavior for ADHD kids - here's how to get your kids outside

EXCERPT: "A 2007 study in the Journal of Public Health confirmed that as little as 20 minutes of daily 'green time' can reduce the symptoms of ADHD in children..."

Brain-Building Computer Games
It may look like a video game, but this software is serious business — reducing inattention and hyperactivity in children with ADHD

EXCERPT: "When you improve working memory, you improve fluid IQ — the ability to solve problems or adapt to situations as they occur..."

Enjoy!

Wayne Kalyn, Editor, ADDitude

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