Treating ADHD without Meds

So whats a parent to do? Fortunately, there are a ton of effective behavioral treatments for ADHD. Think of behavior therapyand similar psychosocial interventionsas physical therapy for the brain . Psychotherapeutic exercises literally increase the connectivity, development, and healthy functioning ofthe brain, especiallybrain processes that control attention,awareness, focus, and impulse controlall skills lacking in persons with ADHD. In fact, cognitive-behavioral and psychosocial interventions for ADHD have consistently been shown to be more effective than medication for ADHD. Ultimately, cognitive-behavioral and psychosocial approaches to treating ADHD actually heal the brain imbalances that make it difficult for ADHD sufferers to focus, follow-through, and control impulses. Here is a great resource that lists many of the available treatment options for both children with ADHD and adults. In addition to the above, mindfulness training (where the client learns how to calm and focus the brain through various exercises that improve concentration and focus) has been shown to be very effective for treating both adults and children with ADHD. Likewise, neurofeedback , (a therapy that uses computer assisted exercises toteach the client to have conscious control of various brain skills like attention and focus)has a great deal of research showing it to be an effective treatment for ADHD. Take a look at the above links. You might be surprised to find resources that are more effective than meds and could actually cure the ADHD instead of merelycontrolling it for a time.
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Brain imaging shows how prolonged treatment of a behavioral disorder restores a normal response to rewards

Andrew Adesman, chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y., and colleagues. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines recommend that behavior therapy be the first treatment approach for preschoolers with ADHD, and that treatment with medication should be used only when behavior-management counseling is unsuccessful. The researchers also found that more than one in five specialists who diagnose and manage ADHD in preschoolers recommend medications as a first-line treatment alone or in conjunction with behavior therapy. The study is scheduled for Saturday presentation at the Pediatric Academic Societies’ annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. “It is unclear why so many physicians who specialize in the management of ADHD — child neurologists, psychiatrists and developmental pediatricians — fail to comply with recently published treatment guidelines,” Adesman said in a medical center news release.
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Most Docs Don’t Follow ADHD Treatment Guidelines for Preschoolers: Study

“In the high monetary reward condition, participants earned higher than the expected reward; whereas in the low monetary condition, participants earned an average reward that was consistently lower than expected,” says Mizuno. The brain images showed that sound healing frequencies before treatment with OROS-MPH, ADHD patients had lower than normal sensitivity to reward, as demonstrated by their abnormally low brain activity in two parts of the brain associated with reward processingthe nucleus accumbens and the thalamusduring testing under the low monetary reward scenario (Fig. 1). However, after three months of treatment with OROS-MPH, there was no difference in the activity of these brain areas in ADHD patients compared with the healthy controls under any of the reward conditions. Their sensitivity to reward had returned to normal, and the patients’ other ADHD symptoms also showed improvement. Mizuno says that this study goes further than previous work. “We knew that acute MPH treatment improves reward processing in ADHD,” he explains.
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