Ask the Experts

Can Natural Treatments Help My Overly-Worried ADHD Child?

“My son suffers from anxiety alongside his ADHD, and he is worried about everything all the time. Can natural treatments help?”

First, I would make sure that he sees a qualified physician to help with the diagnosis. This is not something that should be handled by a parent alone.

There are natural treatments available. I divide them into two types: mental health/mind-body treatments and nutritional supplements. In the first category, depending on your son’s age, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may be helpful. Two mind-body interventions, self-hypnosis training and biofeedback, may also be effective in managing anxiety.

In the supplement category, inositol and theanine can help your son manage anxiety. A qualified professional should be consulted when trying these treatments.