Category Archives: ADHD

Meditation and Mind-body Practices for ADHD: A Concise Review

Non-pharmacologic treatments of ADHD This is the 10th post in a series on complementary and alternative therapies for ADHD. This post comments on research highlights from studies on meditation and mind-body practices as treatments of ADHD. Previous posts briefly reviewed … Continue reading

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Effects of Dietary Modification on ADHD

Inconsistent findings on food colorings and positive findings on highly restrictive diets Many studies have investigated the effects of changes in diet on symptoms of ADHD. Research findings support that artificial food colorings do not contribute to ADHD however excluding … Continue reading

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Non-medication Treatments are Widely Used to Treat ADHD but Research Findings are Inconsistent

Many individuals diagnosed with ADHD use CAM therapies Many individuals diagnosed with ADHD use alternative therapies alone or together with stimulants or other prescription medications. Growing concerns about inappropriate prescribing or over-prescribing by physicians of stimulant medications and incomplete understanding … Continue reading

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Medications Used to Treat ADHD: A Short Review

Pharmacologic treatments of ADHD My previous post summarized the epidemiology, causes of ADHD. In this blog post, I review the efficacy and adverse effects of conventional pharmacologic treatments of ADHD. Subsequent posts will discuss the evidence for non-pharmacologic treatment strategies … Continue reading

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Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A Concise Review

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Epidemiology, Causes and Diagnosis This is the first in a series of blog posts on ADHD. In it I concisely review the epidemiology, causes and diagnosis of this condition. Future blog posts will review the effectiveness and … Continue reading

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Safety concerns over conventional pharmacologic treatments of ADHD

Stimulant medications, behavioral modification and psychosocial support are widely used conventional treatments of childhood ADHD in Western countries. Short-acting stimulants are the most frequently prescribed pharmacological treatments of ADHD however controlled release stimulants and the SSRI antidepressants are increasingly prescribed … Continue reading

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Important considerations when thinking about how to treat your or your child’s symptoms of ADHD

You may have found this blog because you are searching for information on how to think about the various treatment choices for a child who has ADHD. Or perhaps you are struggling with ADHD yourself. Whichever your situation, the treatment … Continue reading

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Integrative approaches to ADHD—toward a reasonable middle ground between medications and alternative therapies

The most effective and appropriate pharmacologic, behavioral and alternative treatments of ADHD depends on the particular symptoms that are being addressed, how severe they are, and each unique history in terms of how well or not they responded to previous … Continue reading

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EEG biofeedback is beneficial for both hyperactivity and inattention

Research findings suggest that children diagnosed with ADHD have abnormal brain electrical activity that may result in symptoms of inattention or hyperactivity. EEG biofeedback—also called neurofeedback—is a specialized kind of biofeedback that uses computers and advanced brain wave analysis to … Continue reading

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Chinese compound herbal formulas used to treat ADHD

A review of studies on Chinese herbal formulas used to treat ADHD identified 34 controlled trials (published in Chinese or English language journals) that compared traditional Chinese herbal treatments and methylphenidate (i.e. Ritalin) in children diagnosed with ADHD. The authors … Continue reading

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