Are There Natural Treatments for ADHD?
I've been diagnosed with adult ADHD, but I don't like taking prescription drugs. Can I try natural treatments instead?
Certainly, nobody can force you to take medications against your will, and nobody can prevent you from trying natural remedies. But just because you can, doesn't mean you should. Remember that natural remedies are not automatically safe (after all, many natural substances are poisonous), and they're not usually tested. You may not be saving money, either, since some natural remedies are quite expensive and are not covered by insurance.
If you decide to forgo prescription drugs and go the natural route instead, be sure to do so in a smart way. Tell your doctor about your plans to take any supplements or herbs. Your doctor can help make sure your plans are safe and may be able to help you objectively monitor their effectiveness.
When you search for information about natural remedies for ADHD, you'll likely turn to the Web. Be careful to choose high-quality sources of information. Individual anecdotal stories of success may be interesting, but really aren't useful in helping you know if a particular remedy is safe or effective. The same goes for studies done in test tubes or lab animals. They are interesting, but they don't really tell us whether a substance is likely to be safe or effective in humans.