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ADHD, drug thereapy, alternative ADHD treatmentADHD Treatments Have Their Shortcomings

If you have a child who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD for short, there are a number of treatment options. The most common ADHD treatments usually feature the use of drugs such as Ritalin or Dexedrine. These drugs change the balance of receptors in the brain so that the child can concentrate more. In addition to drug therapy, however, the ADHD treatments should involve some counseling. The counseling is not the type of counseling used for emotional disturbances (although this can be a help); rather, the counseling involves teaching the child some study skills and organizational skills.

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The problem is that many ADHD treatments address the physiological part of the condition and ignore every other part. This is a problem because ADHD children have trouble forming strategies to organize their lives.  It is not enough just to medicate as an ADHD treatment, because this only will solve half of the problem.

Alternatives to ADHD Drug Therapy

So many ADHD kids are being dosed with medication that there has recently been a bit of a backlash. Many other kinds of ADHD treatments have come out recently and are receiving support.  Many ADD and ADHD kids hate the drugs that they are on, and complain that they make them feel like zombies. If drug free ADHD treatment works, why not switch?

Dietary Considerations - Some people believe that a well balanced diet itself can be one of the most effective ADHD treatments. In the ADHD diet, consumption of the right foods and eliminating all junk food, sugar, and highly processed and/or caffeinated substances can be an effective ADHD treatments, without the side effects of the drugs.

Meditation and Other Mental Techniques - Other people recommend meditation techniques as ADHD treatments. They say that the best way to treat ADHD is to take advantage of the mind's natural flexibility and to rework the way it runs through self programming. Daily meditation, focus, and relaxation techniques help to alleviate the anxiety that many ADHD children experience.