As a researcher, parents are always asking me about the best ADHD treatments. The answer to this is not clear-cut because different treatments work well for different kids. In this article, you’ll learn about the top treatments available with enough information to choose the treatment that will be best for your child.
The first ADHD treatment is prescription drugs. At one time, this seemed like the only treatment choice available but that’s because they are so well advertised by pharmaceuticals companies and promoted by traditionally trained medical doctors. Some kids do just fine on drugs, while other kids cannot tolerate them at all. Instead of making their symptoms better, they make them much worse. You’ve probably read the complaints of these parents on message boards. They’ve just started their child on one drug or another and their child’s behavior has escalated.
Since this happen situation occurs with many types of drugs, there’s no way to tell you the best ADHD treatments when it comes to pharmaceutical medications. There is no way to tell in advance how well your child will be able to tolerate a drug or if he will be able to tolerate any drug at all. Before heading down the path of prescription drugs, you should know that drugs only suppress symptoms and have side effects that can make your child feel and behave worse. Symptoms like stomach aches, loss of appetite, inability to fall asleep, agitation and aggression are common to many of these drugs. If this scares you, don’t worry because there are other options.
Another option is natural remedies. Although these remedies reduce symptoms, they do so not just by suppressing them, but by giving the brain the nutrients it needs to function better. Unlike drugs they have no side effects. They also have no worries about drug interactions or addiction.
When choosing a natural remedy look for one that has been FDA-approved and has clinical studies to show the effectiveness of the formulation. The formulation should be made from proven ingredients including Verta Alb, Arson Iod, Tuberculinum and Hyocyamus. These herbs have been shown to increase focus, a sense of calm alertness and reduce agitation, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Since these remedies work well and are completely safe, many parents consider them the best ADHD treatments on the market.
Since ADHD involves behavior and learning to make good choices, behavioral therapy can help. In this kind of therapy, children learn how to focus and stay on task in the face of distraction, how to calm and soothe the mind and body when feeling nervous or agitated and how to listen and pay attention. Since therapy can be expensive, many parents choose to teach their children these skills themselves by using a good at-home ADHD behavioral program. These programs teach you simple skills that you can teach your child that will serve him throughout his life. A behavioral program can be combined with a natural remedy or prescription drug for a smart, two-pronged approach.
Which of the best ADHD treatments is right for your child? Only you and your child can determine this. Ultimately, what you want is a treatment choice or combination that is safe and that works, that helps your child do better at home and in school, learn, grow, be happy, healthy and get along well with others. When parents ask for my recommendation, I direct them along the natural remedy/behavioral path, since there are no worries and complications and since this combination works well for most kids.
About the Author
Laura Ramirez researches natural treatments for ADHD and publishes her findings on her web site at www.treating-adhd-naturally.com with the goal of getting kids and parents the best help possible.
She is also the author of the award-winning parenting book, Keepers of the Children: Native American Wisdom and Parenting which shows parents how to raise children to bring out their natural strengths and talents.