What nonpharmacological interventions are available for treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

Updated: Oct 01, 2019
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Concern about medications to treat ADHD has increased interest in alternative treatments. Researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials of dietary and psychological treatments for ADHD and found that free fatty acid supplementation produced small but significant reductions in symptoms. A larger effect was observed with artificial food color exclusion, but this was seen in individuals selected for food sensitivities. Further studies are needed to assess behavioral interventions, neurofeedback, cognitive training, and restricted elimination diets. [42]


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