Treating ADHD Without Medication

By Dr. Emily Kensington

I am frequently asked about treating ADHD without medication by concerned parents worried about over-medicating their children.

As a doctor who treats ADD/ADHD and the mother of a son with ADHD, I share their concerns because stimulant-based ADHD medications such as Ritalin come with negative side effects and the risk of dependence and addiction.

The good news is that treating ADHD without medication is possible because there are a number of alternatives to help children, adults, and families dealing with ADHD to help manage the challenges of the condition.

Recommended Program For Children

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In my clinical opinion as a doctor, and as someone who has used this program with my son who suffers from ADHD, the Total Focus Program is the gold standard of ADHD treatment programs.

It teaches parents everything about ADHD and how to manage and eliminate difficult behaviors. At its core, the Total Focus Program is a comprehensive information resource for ADHD and even includes 24-hour phone support for parents.

In addition, it offers a 30-day free trial and money back guarantee if not fully satisfied. You can even pay it off in three monthly payments of $49.99.

Recommended Program For Adults

Ready for some inspiration? The How To Conquer ADHD program was created by an adult ADHD sufferer who learned how to overcome ADHD and become highly successful.

Treating ADHD Without Medication: Other Effective Treatments

Other methods of treating ADHD without stimulant medication include therapy (both behavioral modification and psychotherapy), ADHD diet, adult ADHD Coaching. exercise, yoga, meditation, and ADD natural remedies. Typically, a combination of these methods is most effective.

Similar to behavioral approaches, adult ADHD coaching focuses on practical ways to manage Attention Deficit Disorder in an everyday context. It teaches one how to be more organized, more focused, and therefore more effective at home, school, or the office. Coaches work in person and can also conduct sessions via phone and the internet.

Further, a psychotherapist or counselor can help treat any emotional or behavioral roadblocks that may be preventing optimum functioning. They are also necessary to treat other conditions such as depression, anxiety, or substance abuse which are common co-existing conditions with ADHD.

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In addition, there are a number of ADD natural remedies. These are plant and herb-based supplements, not the Amphetamine-based stimulants such as Ritalin that are traditionally used to treat ADHD. Unlike stimulants, they are safer and have no negative side effects, withdrawal symptoms, or risk of dependence or addiction.

ADHD Support Groups are also a helpful resource for individuals and their loved one trying to cope with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Also, try bibliotherapy, otherwise known as book therapy. In this case it means reading a good self-help book. A highly recommended one is Parenting Children With ADHD: 10 Lessons That Medicine Cannot Teach. For more info, visit recommended ADHD books.


In the end, treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder without medication is not only possible, but sufferers can go on to lead happy and healthy lives. All it takes is a little bit of trial and error in order to see what works best for each individual.

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