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Attention deficit disorder (ADD) can cause hyperactivity, impulsive behavior, and/or problems paying attention. It affects people of all ages. It can impact school and work and cause problems with relationships.
Treatment is aimed at improving function at school and work as well as maintaining healthy relationships. Standard treatments include therapy and medications, such as stimulants and antidepressants. Some people add alternative treatments to further control symptoms; however, none has been conclusively shown to be helpful.
These therapies are likely to manage symptoms:
These therapies may manage symptoms:
These therapies may not be effective in managing symptoms:
Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.
Talk to your doctor about any alternative therapy you are taking to make sure it does not interfere with your treatment plan. Some supplement discussed here have certain concerns such as:
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Last reviewed November 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC Last Updated: 5/19/2020