24 Healing Options for ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly abbreviated as ADHD, is characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior. Everyone experiences these kind of things at one point or another, but in ADHD they are frequent and severe enough that they interfere with daily life. While it is best known as a disorder that affects children, and is in fact the most common childhood neurodevelopmental disorder, it can also persist into adulthood and continue to affect life far beyond school. The symptoms of ADHD often change over the course of one's life, so adults may experience the disorder differently and benefit from a different treatment regimen than children.

The causes of ADHD are complex and not yet fully understood. Scientists have determined that there is a genetic component, meaning that the disorder runs in families, but there are a number of other factors that contribute to it as well. These other factors include exposure to environmental toxins and contaminants either during pregnancy (smoking, alcohol/drug use by the mother, etc.) or afterward (such as ingesting lead or other dangerous substances), low birth weight, head injuries during early childhood, and various psychosocial factors. Experts believe that the majority of cases feature some combination of these things, where a genetic predisposition to developing ADHD is "activated" by the presence of one or more of the aforementioned environmental triggers. Interestingly, the genetic component of ADHD is believed to overlap to some extent with genes responsible for other neurological disorders, including autism.

There is no permanent cure for ADHD, only treatments that minimize its symptoms, improve functioning, and help those with the disorder to lead more normal lives. There are several different medications available to treat ADHD, though these are not always effective (up to 30% of those taking stimulants show no significant improvements) and may cause unwanted side-effects. Because of this, 60-65% of parents whose child has been diagnosed with ADHD seek out some form of complementary alternative medicine. The list of treatments presented here is intended to help those who are looking for this kind of solution, either to use in conjunction with medication or as a replacement for it.

Top 10 Treatment Options

Below is a list of 10 of the best ADHD treatments as determined by TeddyCanHeal's cutting-edge software, which gathers information from clincal trials, research papers, scientific journals, and thousands of websites to determine what has been most effective both in the lab and for everyday people. An even more thorough list can be found in our book, which is available for free through the form to the right.

Avoid Non-Organic Strawberries

A great deal of research has been done on possible environmental/dietary factors influencing the development and severity of ADHD symptoms, such as the use of pesticides. [read more...]

Binaural Beat Meditation

When used therapeutically, binaural beats can relieve anxiety, reduce depression, and improve overall emotional state. [read more...]

Chiropractic Adjustments

Some chiropractors treat those with ADHD and similar issues by helping to correct misalignments that put stress on the nervous system. [read more...]

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy is often recommended to those who are taking medication or supplements for ADHD but are still showing some symptoms. [read more...]

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy involves the manipulation of the craniosacral system to relieve stress on the brain and improve the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. [read more...]

Fish Oil

ADHD is commonly associated with decreased levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood. One common source of omega-3 fatty acids is fish oil. [read more...]

Martial Arts

One common symptom of ADHD is impaired executive functions. Martial arts can help improve executive functions and reduce ADHD symptoms. [read more...]

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation is all about becoming more aware of the present and developing a non-judgemental attitude towards whatever may be happening. [read more...]

Transcendental Meditation

The goal of transcendental meditation is to help your mind to relax and get away from the hectic or negative thoughts that all too often accompany daily life. [read more...]

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 has been shown to impact mood and the development of the central nervous system, with deficiencies leading to a number of psychiatric problems, including ADHD. [read more...]

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