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What are some alternative treatments to medication for teens with ADHD?

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Alternative treatments include elimination diets, the use of supplements, parent training, memory training and neurofeedback. These treatments are sometimes used along with prescribed medications. Omega-3 fatty acids have also shown a benefit.

Recently, a small device to help stilulate the part of the brain believed to be responsible for ADHD was approved by the FDA. This device, called the Monach external Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation (eTNS) System, can be prescribed for patients 7 to 12 years old who are not taking medication for ADHD. 

From: ADHD in Teens WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CHADD: "Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."

National Resource Center on ADHD: "Symptoms and Diagnostic Criteria."

CDC: "ADHD and Risk of Injury."

National Institutes of Health: "Severe Childhood ADHD May Predict Alcohol, Substance Use Problems in Teen Years."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

SOURCES:

CHADD: "Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."

National Resource Center on ADHD: "Symptoms and Diagnostic Criteria."

CDC: "ADHD and Risk of Injury."

National Institutes of Health: "Severe Childhood ADHD May Predict Alcohol, Substance Use Problems in Teen Years."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 20, 2019

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