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ADHD Therapies

Our practice takes care of many children with (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD). Most children with ADHD eventually require treatment of some kind. While there may seem to be many options for treatment, only two are based on scientific evidence: cognitive behavioral therapy(CBT) and medication. CBT is done by a psychologist or therapist; medication is prescribed by a physician.

Many families ask us about so-called alternative therapies. These can include homeopathy, herbal supplements (like fish oil), acupuncture, applied kinesiology, essential oils, sugar-free or preservative free diets,chiropractic care, or vision therapy.

Vision therapy and chiropractic treatments can cost thousands of dollars (often not covered by insurance). As we discussed in a previous post, some essential oils can cause abnormal breast growth in young children. Restricted diets can lead to nutrient deficiencies. Homeopathic preparations and herbal supplements can be toxic. Some of these treatments are more affordable and low-risk. What they all have in common is that none of these have ever been proven to work. A recent study reaffirms the lack of evidence for these alterrnative" "treatments.

This is not to say that every child with ADHD requires stimulant medication. Many can be managed with educational plans at school (504 plans), behavior plans at home, and seeing a therapist. If your child has ADHD and his or her symptoms aren't well controlled, schedule a visit with us to discuss. If you've tried or are thinking of trying an unproven therapy, please let us know so we can review it together.

FYI: You may hear people talk about ADD vs ADHD. Terminology changes every few years, so currently, "ADD" does not exist as a diagnosis. It's all called ADHD. ADHD has 3 subtypes: Hyperactive-Impulsive, Inattentive, and Combined. Children previously diagnosed with "ADD" would now be considered to have ADHD-Inattentive subtype

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