ADHD Treatment Alternatives

It was with great interest that I read your feature article, “ADHD: Is Ritalin the Answer?” (Hamodia Prime, Nov. 13, 2019) Unfortunately, the general public’s awareness and understanding of ADHD is extremely limited or even incorrect. Most parents and teachers only recognize the typical hyperactive ADHD presentation. Consequently, a boy who can’t sit still, talks nonstop and gets into trouble will be noticed and diagnosed, and hopefully will get treatment. On the other hand, the inattentive girl who sits quietly and daydreams but doesn’t disrupt is frequently overlooked. So articles like this are critical and make a tremendous difference.

In addition, it is important that the public be aware that medication is not the only treatment for ADHD. While it is true that medication is the first line of treatment for ADHD and significantly improves symptoms for 80% of people who take it, other treatments can be used as an alternative or to complement medication. As a certified professional ADHD coach, I neither endorse nor dissuade my clients regarding medication for ADHD, but serve as a source of information and, baruch Hashem, there are many proven natural treatments for ADHD.

Some of the most effective natural ADHD treatments with a proven track record include specific healthy lifestyle interventions with nutrition, exercise and sleep. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can help to rebuild damaged self-esteem and change negative self-talk. ADHD coaching provides clients with the life skills to overcome the typical ADHD challenges: organization, focus, time management, emotional regulation and achieving goals. Practicing mindfulness has also been shown to improve ADHD symptoms. In addition, omega-3 supplements positively impact ADHD. Overall, with proper treatment, individuals with ADHD can manage their symptoms, learn strategies for optimal success, reach their potential and thrive.

Aviva Nirenberg