ADHD: Treating Your Child Without Medication

ADHD treatment is usually divided into two categories – medication and non-medication. There are several options for treating ADHD without medication, however, these are rarely considered as options. These treatment options do indeed require planning and consistency, so both the parent and child, as well as adults with ADHD, will have to wrap their minds around the level of commitment required for successful results.

Here are some alternative, non-medication options:

  • Physical exercise (such as running) has a calming effect for several hours afterwards as it increases the number of neurotransmitters in the brain. Done regularly, exercise can improve attention and lower hyperactivity and impulsivity. For instance, teachers report that children are much calmer after periods of recess. Similarly, activities that include complex movements such as martial arts, skateboarding and tennis actually challenge and train the brain to increase its ability to focus.
  • Mental exercise, like physical exercise, can target mental activities and challenge the attention span to become longer. These exercises are usually used in clinical and education settings by trained professionals to promote learning, attention and emotional health. Many teachers and parents have reported great success with these interventions. Additionally, there are some less intense mental exercise mobile apps that can be downloaded and used on demand to help improve focus as well.
  • Neurofeedback (EEG Biofeedback) is a behavioral treatment that attaches sensors to the brain area and monitors the person’s brainwaves as they focus on a particular task. Ultimately, this process can help the child or adult to control their level of focus more effectively by determining which methods help their brain the most.  Over time, individuals report having less ADHD symptoms and less need for medication.
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