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Treating ADD/ADHD Without Using Pills



Doctors are eager to prescribe medications for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) common in children and adults. These medications may help to reduce hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattentiveness in children as well as adults who struggle with the disorder. There are many side effects and adverse reactions to accompany these medications. It’s important to consider alternative treatments. Whether you are the guardian or the patient, it’s important to make a well-educated decision before committing yourself, your body, or your mind to any of these drugs.

Choosing the right option may be difficult and time-consuming but it’s worth doing your research. Start by taking a look at how these medications can help you, and ways in which they won’t benefit you. ADHD prescriptions may help to improve the ability to focus, monitor compulsions, organization, and objectiveness. On the other hand, like most medicines, it will never be a cure-all. Even while using the medication, a child or an adult may be forgetful, anxious, or struggle emotionally personal relationships. So, if you do decide on a medication that is best for your particular scenario, it’s also important to make routine lifestyle alterations. Exercise, sufficient sleep, and diet are three major categories for improvement.

Would exercise work?

Exercise is an excellent method for treatment with side effects. If you take a look at most and almost all of the medicines prescribed for ADD/ADHD, they have one thing in common. They are all stimulants. Exercise can help increase attentiveness and mood by raising endorphin, serotonin, and dopamine levels which regulate pleasure, pain, and mood. These neurotransmitters are also commonly found in anti-depressants. Some psychiatrists question if there is a strong connection between depression and Attention Deficit Disorder. However, the neurotransmitters stimulate the brain without question. Most kids, students, or adults with ADD/ADHD tend to have a “failing” mentality when it comes to tackling responsibility. Helplessness becomes less of a mindset when an individual becomes physically fit.

Whichever method you go about treating your ADD/ADHD, it is best to consult your local psychiatrist for diagnosis and behavioral management. Dr. Allison Holt specializes in a mix of proven medications, psychotherapy, and patient education, and customizing an effective path to recovery. With empathy, patience, and an approachable style, she helps patients see their future with fresh eyes – and develop a plan that will accomplish their goals for change.  It is important to find a doctor who is dedicated to providing patients with a relaxed, trusting environment that encourages dialogue and instills the freedom to pursue healing and growth.