Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Treatment Alternatives

Many treatments other than psychotropic medication and psychosocial treatment are very much in practice for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

They are dietary management, herbal , homeopathic treatments, biofeedback, perceptual stimulation and meditation.

However as per the American Academy of Pediatrics, those alternative treatments mentioned above are not proven. the main reason for the lack of proof on efficusy of alternative treatments is the non availablity of scientifically designed study.

Of course there is some promising results with studies of biofeedback, [sometimes called neurofeedback]. however, those studies have beed conducted on very small samples, hence treatment also has not been proved by scientific standards.

Neurofeedback is a method of modifying behavior or physiological functions which can be monitered by an electronic device. by this method children with ADHD can change from an agitated state by learning to change brain wave patterns.

As per jonathan michaelis neurofeedback is an excellent ralternative treatment for ADHD.Michaelis IS clinical neuropsychologist and director of the ADHD Centers in Connecticut.

Michaelis who represented Surgeon General David Satcher's conference on ADHD this September with 500 other practitioners ,advocates vehemently neurofeedback.

As per Michaelis 80 percent of the children who undergo 30 to 40 biofeedback sessions ,donot need medication. they can also improve their inteligence and improve their overall functioning as well.
Biofeedback isn't new a new practice.

However. M. Barry Sterman, [professor emeritus at the School of Medicine of the University of California ,Los Angeles]is the person who developed neuro feedback 40 years ago.

Eventhough when Sterman and others have been practicing biofeedback treatment for ADHD children for many years, it was considered to be unproven treatment by many physician.

The above discussed alternative treatments,either neurofeedback or other approaches, must be studied and evaluated in controlled clinical trials .

This is as per Abikoff [ the director of research at the New York University Child Study Center]. He further states that only when the neurotreatment have gone through rigorous scientific testing, and proved to be effective ,they should be considered as possible treatments for ADHD.

Children and Adults With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder should only support or try treatments that have been found to be effective through rigorous, scientific research.

Some physician consider Neurofeedback as a controversial treatment because it has not gone through the full , rigorous,and scientific per mrs.kaplanek who is a mother of an ADHD child and CHADD chapter coordinator, neurofeedback works with some patients.


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