As many of you know I am trying to finish a fairly comprehensive book on non-drug treatment for ADHD. This book is non-drug help for all people with ADHD not just for people with the Inattentive Type of ADHD though I do go into what therapies work better for each of the different types.
I just received a proof of one possibility for the book cover art. I would love to know what you guys think of it. If you hate it, please let me know. If you like it I would like to know that too.
The book is is tentatively called Commanding Attention, Non-Drug Help for ADHD (I know, that is not exactly what this cover says). I am trying to reference most of what I discuss in this book so that people do not think that I am just a quack spouting out recommendations. Three hundred medical references later, I am getting close to completing it.
I started writing this book because I realized that there was no comprehensive book on the non-drug, alternative therapies for ADHD and because every day I get a question like this one
My daughter has inattentive type. She's a junior in high school & struggling bad! We tried medications, they didn't work. What kind of treatment should I be seeking out for her? She has horrible anxiety & I'm afraid for her functioning skills in the future. We need help & I don't know what to do or how to help her. I don't believe in pumping her full of meds. We are wanting more natural. medicines, foods to treat this. Can you recommended any treatment or natural remedies? -XXXXXXXX
The book covers this topic thoroughly but I thought that I would post a very short answer to this question.
The non-drug interventions with the most promise for Inattentive ADHD include
Classroom interventions such as instruction that motivates the individual student (see Richard Lavoie's excellent book called "The Motivation Breakthrough", as well as rewarding performance often and quickly, keeping the instruction to the point and intersting, etc
Exercise, outside not in a gym, at least 30-40 minutes 4-5 days a week.
Melatonin if cannot fall asleep within 30 minutes of turning out the lights.
A healthy diet avoid all junk food, diet.
Have her take an adult multivitamin.
Have her take an Omega-3 fatty acid that has at least 750mg of EPA. Get a product called MorEPA capules. Have her take two a day for a minimum of 8 weeks.
Try caffeine, Ginseng and/or a product called Bacopa Monieri.
If she is motivated enough to do it, try biofeedback (you can get an affordable program-send me a private email and I will send you the info on a program that can be done at home for under $300.00 but do not waste your money if she is unlikely to do it).
Try Luminosity cognitive brain training. It is $6 a month and if she will do it, it well worth it.
These are my Inattentive ADHD non-drug recommendations in a little tiny nutshell. Email me with questions or comments.
If you go to the search bar of this web page and type in any of the keywords of my recommendations (eg Bacopa, Cognitive training, diet, etc) you will pull up lots more info on these topics.
Thanks for your support and thanks, in advance, for giving me your opinion on the cover art for the book.