How can you treat ADHD without medications?
(I will skip entirely the question, “Why in the world would you want to?”
For today, anyway.)
Some of us self medicate with caffeine. Omega 3 fatty acids show some benefit. Some people get some benefit from a very restrictive diet, most find its not worth the trouble.
There is some evidence supporting zinc, iron, vitamin C, magnesium – I suspect these may mostly be of some help when there is a deficiency
Other things that help improve ADHD symptoms:
Exercise, get out of doors, get adequate sleep, have a routine, get a coach. Meditation with ADHD is almost an oxymoron, but doing just the little that you can will help, and you can improve at it with practice.
Medication, or alternative substances, or diets are not the answer to ADHD, they just can be of some help to some people.
Quote O the Day (paraphrased):
‘ The purpose of the ADHD medication is to help you focus enough that you can use strategies.’
Dr. Goodwin (I can’t find out which Dr. Goodwin, but he is an ADHD expert.)
One approach to non medical alternatives to ADHD:
Here’s what a relative takes at least once daily for his ADHD. He swears that it helps a lot, and I have no reason to doubt him. I don’t see obvious signs of ADHD in him and he is a highly effective person.
Question O the Day:
What other things do you find helpful?
Anticipation O the Day (including bonus strategy):
Planning to have more on this topic next time. Hopefully. I have noticed that I don’t always do what I planned to. I do pretty much do what I have promised to, though, because I have a good strategy for that – I never promise anything.