What about "alternative" treatments for ADHD?

The National Institute of Mental Health gives the following statement on “alternative” treatments to ADHD:

"It is understandable that parents eager to help their child with ADHD may want to explore every possible option, including nonconventional ones. Many alternative treatments may sound reasonable, but when tested scientifically, cannot be proven to help." [1]

Here are a few types of treatment that have not been scientifically shown to be effective in treating children or adults with ADHD:
  • biofeedback
  • restricted diets
  • allergy treatments
  • medicines to correct problems in the inner ear
  • megavitamins
  • chiropractic adjustment and bone re-alignment
  • treatment for yeast infection
  • eye training
  • special colored glasses
A few success stories can't substitute for scientific evidence. Until sound, scientific testing shows a treatment to be effective, families risk spending time, money, and hope on fads and false promises.