Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Conclusions - Alternative Treatments and ADHD

     As is abundantly clear following the discussion of the previously posted alternative therapies, further research is necessary before clear statements can be made regarding the efficacy of such treatments. Though research studies in the area of alternative treatments in ADHD cases are plentiful, many are riddled with inconsistencies, short trial periods, small subject sizes or non-standardized assessment tools. In addition, possible harmful or negative side effect profiles of each alternative treatment were not explored extensively in this paper.  These factors call into question many of the positive benefits initially observed and beg for clearer and more convincing evidence before they can be called valid and efficacious treatment alternatives. Further, though these therapies may provide slightly better options for children with ADHD when compared to psychiatric medications, most fulfill the same function of symptom management rather than addressing the root cause of the cognitive and behavioral components at hand. Discussion of such core factors, however, goes beyond the scope of this paper. The bottom line in the investigation of alternative treatments in regard to the ADHD diagnosis is the simple fact that multiple therapies have been tested, some positive outcomes have been observed and there is extensive research still needed before clear conclusions can be drawn in this field.

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