Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be managed without medication, although medication is often a common treatment option. Medications such as stimulants (e.g. Ritalin®, Adderall) and non-stimulants (e.g. Strattera®) are often prescribed to help reduce symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
However, non-medication interventions can also be effective in managing ADHD. These interventions include:
- Behavioral therapy: This can include parent training, social skills training, and behavior modification. Behavioral therapy can help children with ADHD learn new skills and strategies to manage their symptoms.
- Psychoeducation and family therapy: This can help families understand the condition and learn how to manage it effectively.
- School-based interventions: These can include accommodations such as extra time on tests, a quiet place to work, and a reduced workload.
- Occupational therapy: This can help children with ADHD develop skills to improve their ability to focus and organize their work.
- Nutrition and exercise: A healthy diet and regular exercise can help improve symptoms of ADHD.
It's important to note that the best treatment approach for ADHD is often a combination of medication and non-medication interventions. A comprehensive treatment plan that addresses the child's specific needs, symptoms, and overall health is recommended. It's also important to work closely with a healthcare provider who can provide guidance and support throughout the treatment process.
Last updated : 1/27/2023