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Holistic Treatments For ADHD That Work

Updated on April 13, 2011

A difficult, but not impossible, condition to deal with.

Although ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, does exist in teenagers and young adults, the symptoms usually appear in childhood. Because boys with ADHD generally exhibit more disruptive behaviors, they tend to be noticed and hence diagnosed more often, and earlier, than girls.

Children with ADHD have difficulty in staying on task and react to many situations in a manner inappropriate to their age level. These behaviors affect every aspect of their lives, at home, at school, and in the community.

In school, these children have trouble paying attention and following instructions. They are poorly organized and easily distracted from the task at hand. They seem forgetful and careless. Rather than sustaining effort, they practice avoidance. They often interrupt or speak out of turn. These children often disrupt the classroom by constant fidgeting, running around, or blurting out unsolicited comments. All these behaviors, if exhibited in a manner inappropriate to the child's age, strongly suggest the possibility of ADHD.

Psychologists or Medical Doctors are the ones who make a final diagnosis of ADHD. The diagnosis is made strictly on Behavioral Criteria. So far, there are no blood tests or other physical symptoms that are indicators of ADHD.

The exact cause of ADHD is not known but evidence seems to strongly suggest that it is a genetic disorder. Simply put ADHD is a medical condition that affects how the brain develops and functions. Causes other than genetic are being investigated but nothing else significant has yet been uncovered.

The best treatment for ADHD involves a combination of education, behavioral intervention and psychological intervention. Some ADHD children are treated with medications. This is a personal choice and often depends on the child's ability to cope, unmediated, with the help of understanding, specifically-trained teachers, and parents. Only a medical doctor can prescribe medication if it is needed.

There are a myriad of natural treatments that have been suggested but there are several that have been researched and shown to be successful in varying degrees. As these are all harmless and, as they may indeed be beneficial to any child, they may be worth considering.

The first is the avoidance of food dyes and other additives. A good diet of natural foods is most beneficial for ADHD children, indeed for all children.

The second is the reduction of the sugar intake. Candy, soft drinks, and frozen treats give an overload of sugar that is unhealthy for any child and, in some instances, seems to lead to increased and frantic activity. Reduce the candy, eliminate soft drinks in favor of plain water, and use natural fruit juices to make your own frozen treats.

Third, investigate the supplementing of omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for the normal functioning of the brain. These are found in fish oils or fresh water fish as well as flax seed oil and walnuts.

The forth suggested treatment involves Yoga as well as other relaxation techniques. Yoga especially has been found to be beneficial in helping with the hyperactive aspect of ADHD.

If your child appears to have some of the symptoms of ADHD, discuss this with your doctor. Work with your child's teacher and other involved professionals to ensure that your child gets the most benefit from all educational and social opportunities.


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      Katina Davenport 

      6 years ago

      Great hub!Socially shared.

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      7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you so much for the read and the kind comments - so glad the omega-3 is helping - B.

    • TToombs08 profile image

      Terrye Toombs 

      7 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      In our case, the omega-3 has definately made a big difference with our 5 year old autistic/adhd! Good hub and lots of fresh ideas! Voting up.


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