Our expert team of doctors and pharmacists receive many questions about ADHD. Many of these questions are from individuals seeking information about ADHD treatment, as well as dietary and lifestyle changes thay can make to improve their ADHD symptoms. The following questions deal with ADHD treatments, lifestyle changes, and dietary advice. Click on the questions below to see the answers.
My son has symptoms of ADHD, and his healthcare provider suggested that we try putting him on a stimulant medication to see if it helps. I'm concerned about giving my child this type of drug. Are stimulants the only way to treat ADHD? How does ADHD medication help?
My son has been diagnosed with ADHD. Before giving him medications, I'd like to try other, natural methods of treatment. Are there any alternative medicines or over-the-counter (OTC) supplements that have been shown to improve ADHD symptoms?
My son was recently diagnosed with ADHD, and as part of his treatment plan, we're making changes to his diet. I've heard that certain foods can make ADHD symptoms worse. What are the most important food triggers for me to avoid?
My seven-year-old son loves playing video games. He doesn't seem to have problems with hyperactivity or focus, but I'm worried about the possibility that all those hours playing video games might cause him to develop ADHD. Do video games cause ADHD?
My son was diagnosed with ADHD when he was six. It was easy to keep track of his medications when he was young, but now he's a teenager and on his own a lot more. I want to make sure he understands the importance of taking, and keeping track of, his medicine, but I'm not sure how to approach the topic. How do I talk with my teenager about being careful with his ADHD medications?
My child is in first grade and has been having problems in school. I took him to a doctor who diagnosed him with ADHD. He is a very spirited and energetic boy, but I'm not convinced that he has ADHD. His teachers and his doctor, however, want him to take medication to treat his "symptoms." What should I do?
I have a three-year-old child who is the apple of my eye. I want to do everything that I can to ensure he grows up healthy. I've heard a lot in the news lately about ADHD being caused by food dye, additives, and/or pesticides. Is there a link between any of these things and ADHD?
My daughter has been taking stimulant medications for two years to treat her ADHD. They've been extremely effective at controlling her symptoms, but I'm worried about how these drugs might affect her down the road. What are the long-term effects of taking stimulants for ADHD?
It seems like I don't hear anything about ADD these days. What is the difference between ADD and ADHD?
My daughter is taking a stimulant medication for ADHD. It works well to treat her ADHD, but I'm concerned about her lack of appetite. It's difficult to get her to eat, and she's losing a lot of weight. What can I do to help?