1Shelby PedenENG 105May 11, 2016Amy WortleyADHD and Alternative MedicineWhen people think of ADHD treatments, usually the first thing they think about is the medication. However, due to upcoming research we are learning how behavioral therapy should be the first step. Through children learning as a group, and through the doctor therapy visits, parents and the medical community have seen a great turn around in treatment. NBC News, WebMD and other reliable sources talk about the alternative medicines for people with ADHD. With the trend growing more over time, due to the research being finalized, more people are turning to this alternative trend. The current trends of treatment for ADHD is behavioral therapy through group, individual and parental therapy sessions.Alternative medicine can be defined as an alternative way for people to get the help they need without taking medicine. Since the alternative medicines for ADHD are still being researched and new ideas are coming about, a lot of them are in the “need more research” phase. For example, WebMD explains how some think of going to a chiropractor may help, “Some chiropractors believe that chiropractic medicine can treat ADHD. But no research has been done to see if it works” (Bhandari MD, S., 2015). However, a specific alternative medicine for ADHD that has had research done and proven to work and help would be the behavioral therapy. The therapy would be in a group, doctor with or without parents. The child would not be taking any type of medications at all. Some even recommend to not give too much sugar to the child. For
2instance, when giving any child a soda, candy, pop tarts, and anything with a high sugar intake, the child is more susceptible to becoming more hyper. In children with ADHD, this is something that should closely monitored as a sugar spike can heighten these conditions. However, with proper information learned in group therapies this will be able to be monitored by child and parents.