This article was recently released by the American Psychological Association. Reading it brought a smile to my face and relief to my brain. Finally, a well-written, well-researched, easily-readable article about non-pharmacological treatments for ADHD.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not against psychiatric medication – in fact I often work collaboratively with psychiatrists, and understand and appreciate what they bring to mental health treatment. However, my area of expertise is behavior change and family dynamics. This article does a fantastic job outlining how those things can be used to help kids (and families!) struggling with attention issues and ADHD.
Here are a few highlights from the article:
- Programs and education for parents and teachers can be highly effective in helping kids maintain better attention
- Physical activity, including therapeutic recreation could be a treatment of choice for ADHD
- Extra sleep can be helpful – in our fast-paced world it can be easy to overlook that some kids who exhibit hyperactivity may in fact be over-tired
If you or someone you know is affected by ADHD, hyperactivity, or trouble maintaining attention you might want to take a look at APA’s article. ADHD is a complicated condition and there are surely no easy answers when it comes to treatment. But addressing the basics (sleep, exercise, home environment) is a good place to start.