Research for ADHD is primarily focused on better diagnostic methods as well as other treatment options. The diagnosis of ADHD is based on an evaluation of a medical professional based on subjective impressions of parents, teachers, and other people in close contact with a suspected ADHD case. There are no laboratory tests or procedures that can be used to make a definitive diagnosis of ADHD as of now.
With regard to the treatment of the disorder, research on ADHD alternative therapies have been quite extensive as current prescription medications have been a matter of debate for a long time already.
Prescription medications used in the treatment of ADHD has been a very controversial issue due to the side effects caused by the meds.
ADHD is a common childhood disorder. Children are those who receive the stimulants as part of ADHD treatment yet they belong to the exact age group that few research for ADHD medication effects is done.
Long term effects of stimulant medications have not been established so it is still a big question whether it can actually cause negative consequences if used for a long time. In addition to that, there are serious side effects observed in those patients who took ADHD medications.
Some of these are psychotic episodes which can lead to increased risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, heart-related problems, and the risk for substance abuse.
With this in mind, a lot of research for ADHD alternative treatments has been brought to the attention of the public, with several studies backing up their effectiveness and safety.
Aside from the well known treatment which is psychotherapy, other treatment options for ADHD include yoga, vitamin intake, diet modification, and natural cures such as herbal medicine and homeopathic remedies.
Yoga is said to be of value in helping ADHD patients focus and pay more attention. It can also help them relax when faced with a stressful situation through deep breathing exercises. Intake of vitamins like B-complex, fish oil, magnesium, calcium, and zinc can also help with brain functioning.
Studies show that there is a definite decrease in ADHD symptoms through vitamin supplementation. Avoiding foods rich in sugar and have preservatives and additives can also minimize hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention.
Natural cures like herbal medicine and homeopathic remedies are very effective in controlling ADHD symptoms, as well as much more cost effective. In herbal medicine, some of the common plants used are ginseng, gingko biloba and chamomile. Some of the potent ingredients used in homeopathic remedies include hyoscyamus, cina, arsen iod, tuberculinum, and verta alb.
Research for ADHD diagnosis and treatments still has a long way to go. Hopefully, more treatments that are safe and effective can be uncovered with time.