Can We Treat ADHD Naturally?

Free Guide to Natural ADHD Treatment Options

ADHD doctors and researchers explain the benefits and risks of alternative treatment options like behavior therapy, neurofeedback, working-memory treatment, nutrition, and omega-3 fatty acids.

In this age of herbal supplements, “superfood” fads, and miracle cures, it’s more important than ever for parents of children with ADHD and adults with the condition to separate legitimate alternative therapies from the sometimes-dangerous scams out there. But how?

In this free guide, ADDitude editors and experts explore several alternative therapies — behavior therapy, omega-3 fatty acids, natural surroundings, and neurofeedback — to help you make informed decisions about what ADHD treatment is right for you and your child.

Often, the best plan may involve a combination of therapies — medication alongside non-drug alternatives. Fish oil and exercise serve as adjuncts to medications, not substitutes for it.

“Asking if you should use medication or a complementary therapy to treat ADHD is like asking whether you should eat fruits or vegetables,” says Barbara Ingersoll, Ph.D. “You often need both.”

Since no treatment works in a vacuum, make sure to discuss any new options with your doctor — even alternative methods — before beginning a new regimen.

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