7 Tips for Managing ADHD without Medication ...


7 Tips for Managing ADHD without Medication ...
7 Tips for Managing ADHD without Medication ...

Are you looking for alternative ways for managing ADHD? ADHD is a common disorder that many school age children deal with. Even adults have been known to have ADHD. While many doctors and professionals recommend managing ADHD with medications, other experts have searched out ways to treat ADHD without medicine. Here are a few of those ways. If you or your child have ADHD, you may want to give these a try.

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Interactive Metronome Training

A metronome is a tool used by musicians to set a steady tone or beat. The idea behind interactive metronome training is that the steady beat will help keep a person with ADHD focused and help them concentrate better. Have you ever tried something like this when managing ADHD?


Positive Parenting

Unfortunately, many parents with children having ADHD get frustrated. While it is undoubtedly difficult to work with a child who has ADHD, it is important to remember that some of their actions are impulsive and not intentional. Positive parenting may help. Instead of focusing on a child’s mistakes, praise them for good deeds. Take the little victories. We all love it when people point out what we are doing well instead of harping on our flaws.



Others have found that meditation works well to gain back focus and calm ADHD tendencies. If you have ADHD, try taking a moment to meditate. You may only be able to to do this for short moments here and there. The goal is to build up your meditation sessions each time. With practice you will get better and better.


Natural Environment

Any of us can become overwhelmed if we are in a different environment filled with distractions and noise. Creating peaceful environments with limited distractions is ideal. Try to come back to the same place to work on task to help stay focused.


Better Sleep

There is a power in sleep, don’t you agree? Many people with ADHD will tell you that their days are more of a struggle if they do not get enough sleep the night before. Aim for eight hours of sleep each night if you are an adult and ten or more hours a night for children.

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Certain foods are a problem for ADHD, but everyone has their own triggers. Keep a food journal. Write down everything you eat and drink throughout the day. Don’t leave out one single bite or sip. Everything counts. Also keep record of how you felt your attention was throughout the day. If you are doing this for a child, keep record of their behavior. Later on, go back and look for similar foods that you ate during "off" or "bad" days. If you notice similarities, avoid those foods and see if things change.



Exercise is another good tool for ADHD. Getting the right amount of physical activity each day makes a huge difference. Get children involved in sports or keep them active by playing outside, going for walks, or riding bikes.

As you can see, there are many alternatives to taking medication for ADHD. Of course you should contact your doctor before you stop taking any medication that has been prescribed. Work with your doctor if you are seeking alternative methods. These things can also be paired with medication to help aid you. What are some ways you have tried to manage ADHD?

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I've been on ADHD medicine my whole life, it had BAD side effects like growth-stunting and taking away appetite which in turn creates major weight loss. But honestly every kid is different, you can't tame all kids with "alternatives" I took that medicine until I was a preteen and just refused to take it. So I have learned to control myself, but there are rare days when I'm out of control, but the medicine is worse, it literally depressed me until it wore off.

Doesn't sound like its from expreience

There is a website that I'm subscribed to which is amazing- it's called Attention Deficit Whatever, and it is a blog where ADHD/ADD is discussed by writers that have it! I highly suggest checking it out!

Have you tried getting a specialist? I had the same problems as you, I suffered from major weight loss as a kid, and some depression, now I'm on "Biphentine" I've been on it for several years now and it's really working for me! You should ask your doctor about it :D

i have ADHD and i agree with these

While being on meds for years, I've developed ways to deal and cope with having ADD and now I can manage without meds for the most part. If I know I'm going to have really boring classes, ill take my meds though. My doctor also gave me "short acting" pills that are tiny, activate really quickly and only last for a few hrs, they're really great if I only need to concentrate for a short period of time, or after my regular meds have worn off at the end of the day. Wow you can so tell I have ADD with how much I've posted today ;) SQUIRREL!

I have ADHD and have tried all of these, which ones worked? NONE of them! But Adderall does. So unless you have an MD after your last name don't go dispensing ways to treat a medical condition.

Or I can just take adderall so I can complete my task in 15 minutes rather than 3 hours, if I feel like finishing it that day.

@Cassieculbreth Actually it's really interesting how the meds work- there are "normal"university students cramming for exams who are going to doctors and faking the tests so they can get the meds, so they can have a super human studying power. This is the reason why people believe (from statistics) that ADHD is over diagnosed, and why some people believe that ADHD isn't real

I think she's speaking from research

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