Treating ADHD Without Medication

By Dr. Emily Kensington

Treating ADHD without medication is gaining in popularity due to a number of factors.

Every month new research sheds additional light on effective ways of relieving ADHD symptoms that do not include stimulant medication. 

In addition, many parents worried about over-medicating their children or they are leery about giving their child powerful amphetamine-based medications. 

As a doctor who treats ADHD and the mother of a son with ADHD, I share their concerns. Medications such as Ritalin, Adderall, etc. come with nasty side effects (nausea, headaches, insomnia, etc.), the risk of dependence and addiction, become less effective over time as the body develops tolerance, or simply do not work for many ADHD sufferers.  

The good news is that treating ADHD without medication is possible. I have seen many success stories both in my son and many of my clients. 

Natural Supplements

There are a number of ADD natural remedies such as Focus Formula, BrightSpark, and Synaptol.

These are plant and herb-based supplements that contain natural brain boosters and mood enhancers such as gingko biloba, chamomile, etc. Unlike stimulants, they are more mild, have no side effects, no withdrawal symptoms, and no risk of dependence or addiction.


Pills and supplements help, but ADHD sufferers often require concrete and practical steps to follow to help them perform every day tasks such as getting organized, completing work assignments, money management, peer relationships, etc.

Thanks to the internet you can instantly get your own ADHD coach. Click here to phone, chat, or text your own private ADHD coach.

Recommended Program For Children

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, neurofeedback, exercise, yoga, and meditation.

Typically, a combination of these methods is most effective, but over time you find what works best for you. 

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.

Support Groups

ADHD Support Groups are also a helpful resource for individuals and their loved one trying to cope with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. There is strength in numbers and it enables ADHD sufferers and their loved ones learn from one another.

Recommended Books

Those with ADHD should become as informed about ADHD as they can, stay up to date about the latest promising new treatments, etc. This is best done through books. See this list of the my 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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