Related Terms :
- Adult Attention Deficit Disorder
- Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder
- Hyperkinetic Syndrome
Other Proposed Natural Treatments
- Bach Flower Remedies
- Black Tea
- Blue-Green Algae
- Combined Amino Acids (GABA)
- Combined Polysaccharides (Galactose)
- Essential Fatty Acids (Fish Oil)
- Food Allergen Avoidance and Other Dietary Changes
- N-acetylneuraminic Acid
- St. John's Wort
- Trace Minerals
Probably Not Effective Treatments
Originally, the term attention deficit disorder (ADD) referred to children who were incapable of concentrating at school. Hyperkinesia was used somewhat synonymously, as a descriptive term for children who simply couldn’t sit still. Today, the definition has broadened to include many adults, and has been refined into two conditions: ADD and ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder). Characteristics include difficulty sustaining attention or completing tasks, easy distractibility, impulsive behavior, and, in the case of ADHD, an excessive inclination to fidget and move about. These problems make it difficult to succeed at work or at school.
Conventional treatment focuses on stimulants, such as amphetamine, dextroamphetamine, and methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta), as well as the newer drug atomoxetine (Strattera). Certain antidepressants may also be useful.
Proposed Natural Treatments
For more information, including dosage and safety issues, see the full DMAE article.
For more information, including dosage and safety issues, see the full Zinc article.
Essential Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are "good fats," substances as important to your general health as vitamins. Based on evidence that essential fatty acids are necessary for the proper development of brain function in growing children, EFAs found in fish oil and evening primrose oil have been tried for the treatment of ADHD and related conditions. The results have been mixed, though.
Other Natural Treatments
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 09/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/18/2014 -