Your Questions About Adhd

Betty asks…

What are the alternative treatments for ADHD in a preschooler?

My four year old son was just diagnosed with ADHD (more hyperactivity than attention). My husband and I will choose the medication route only as a last resort after all other methods of treatment have been exhausted. I’ve heard about cutting sugar and processed foods out of the diet and Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids (flax seed and fish oil), but is there anything else out there that is safe enough to try?

barry jennings answers:

Rebecca M –

There are a number of alternative “treatments” for ADHD, but I would first be curious to know a lot more around the circumstances of how your child was diagnosed? A child as young as 4 has a LOT going on…and while one can start to think that it might be ADHD, I am always hesitant about making a diagnosis at this age.

A 4 year-old child is still growing and developing, and has so much to absorb from the world.

I really applaud you for taking this stance to use medication as a lost resort.

I would strongly recommend speaking with a “therapist” or coach who specializes in ADHD and child development. I would also encourage you to focus more on the behaviors that you are noticing, rather than the “label” of ADHD. There are a lot of different things that can look like ADHD when it is not really ADHD.

So to answer your question, I would really take a look at how your son is different…and what strategies you are using to support him. In my work, I often find that having the right strategies can make all the difference in the world.

Also – diet can play a significant role or have a great impact. Cut back on sugar, increase protein (especially in the morning), and focus on a balanced diet that is a lifestyle and a “punishment.”

Hope this helps!


Child ADHD Coach, “Former Therapist”

Laura asks…

How would doctors treat ADHD, Cyclothymia, and Social phobia together in one patient?

ADHD medications boost Norepinephrine and Dopamine.
Social phobia medications (SSRIs) will make the cyclothymia worse.
Cyclothymia medications are mood stabilizers. Some mood stabilizers are also Dopamine antagonists which should worsen the ADHD.

Any idea what doctors would use for this situation?

barry jennings answers:

Medication for mood stabilization only and therapy.

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