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How I Manage My ADHD Without Medication


Hansa on Medicine: Treating ADHD Without Medication

Pediatrician Hansa Bhargava notes that one in two children with a new ADHD diagnosis are not prescribed behavioral therapy even though the CDC recommends it as part of first line treatment. Dr. Bhargava describes alternatives to medication, including their pros and cons.

How I Manage My ADHD Without Medication

Do you deal with ADHD or have someone in your life that struggles with it? I know it’s frustrating. In this video, I go totally off script and talk about how I manage my ADHD without medication.

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At 8 years old, I got diagnosed with ADHD.

I felt broken.

Burdened by a “brain’ that would surely screw me out of any type of meaningful contribution in the world.

Everyday was a crapshoot.

Without knowing how I’d “show up” on any given day, setting goals (and pursuing them) felt like a fool’s game -- and when I’d inevitably fail, it only supported my belief that I was messed up beyond repair.

Over the next decade, I spiralled into a deep depression...

… culminating in a tipping point where if I didn't learn how to turn my “curse” into a superpower, it would literally kill me.

This week’s video is all about my “homemade” prescription for how I naturally turned ADHD into my superpower… and ultimately a catalyst for my legacy as an investor and entrepreneur.

While I don’t endorse a medication-free approach to ADHD, I encourage you to test any combination of these “ingredients” to see what moves the needle for you.

And of course… make sure to consult with your physician ;-)

At a high-level, the 9 ingredients of my “natural” ADHD meds are:

1. Nutrition
2. Sweat Every Day
3. 8 Hours of Sleep
4. Morning Routines
5. 30 Minute Pomodoro Window
6. Energy Management
7. Music
8. Block Time
9. Build a Team

The first 8 can literally be implemented this week -- and stack upon each other to exponentially increase your ability to focus, be productive, and move your mission forward with confidence.

Number 9 will take a bit more time, but I believe is where ADHD truly becomes a superpower.

When you literally can’t will yourself to focus on certain tasks, it works as a forcing function to get support and leverage other people’s skills faster than you otherwise would’ve.

Whether you’re looking to get off ADHD meds… or simply have a mission that your brain feels incapable of keeping up with, it’s my hope that these 9 steps help serve you in an incredible, life-changing way.

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Dan “Not an Internet Doctor” Martell

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“You can only keep what you give away.” That’s the mantra that’s shaped Dan Martell from a struggling 20-something business owner in the Canadian Maritimes (which is waaay out east) to a successful startup founder who’s raised more than $3 million in venture funding and exited not one... not two... but three tech businesses:, Spheric and Flowtown.

You can only keep what you give away. That philosophy has led Dan to invest in 33+ early stage startups such as Udemy, Intercom, Unbounce and Foodspotting. It’s also helped him shape the future of Hootsuite as an advisor to the social media tour de force.

An activator, a tech geek, an adrenaline junkie and, yes, a romantic (ask his wife Renee), Dan has recently turned his attention to teaching startups a fundamental, little-discussed lesson that directly impacts their growth: how to scale. You’ll find not only incredible insights in every moment of every talk Dan gives - but also highly actionable takeaways that will propel your business forward. Because Dan gives freely of all that he knows. After all, you can only keep what you give away.

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Behavioral Treatments for ADHD

Yes, there are effective behavioral interventions for ADHD!

Blake Lancaster, PhD, pediatric psychologist, presents a review of non-pharmacologic interventions for ADHD. The presentation includes an overview of current state of affairs in ADHD treatment, a review of behavioral approaches to treating ADHD, and recent research insights.

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Treating ADHD

Fitness coach, life coach, father of one Ralph Quillen is familiar with ADHD.

I think most parents are aware of the problem. I've coached for twelve years and I've seen a progression in it over the years, says Quillen.

There is confusion and misconceptions about what it is and how you treat it.

The reality is, the research shows it's not so much the motoric behavior but rather the attention deficits that are the hallmark of this disorder, says Dr. Elena Reyes, clinical psychologist with Lee Memorial Health System.

Meaning kids aren't able to plan and execute everyday tasks. It's now estimated 1 in 10 children in the US - 1 in 5 teenage boys - are diagnosed with ADHD and 3.5 million youngsters are taking an ADHD drug. Something doctors say can be a game-changer.

Medication is often needed to allow for the child to be able to focus. We've got good research that shows children who are appropriately diagnosed and appropriately treated with medication can do very well, says Dr. Reyes.

Medication may be the most talked about ADHD treatment, but not the only one. Behavior management, actually working on impulse control can be successful, provided parents buy in.

We train the student about how to organize themselves, how to stop how to think, how to be able to manage their work and their behavior. That usually is associated with parent management also. If a child can't structure themselves how can you as a parent structure them so they can be successful, says Dr. Reyes.

Ralph sees the structure, required in sports, makes an impact.

I see more kids that are medicated through high school these days then when I first started coaching. As an athlete, sports is more of an outlet - so it actually helps them, says Quillen.

The end game is the same: helping kids find their focus

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Adult ADHD: Patient Perspectives and Best Practice Strategies

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Helping Your Child With ADHD Succeed at Home

This video focuses on treatments to help children with ADHD in the home environment. Learn about the the role of psychosocial interventions in treatment of ADHD, and why these interventions work. Connect interventions with the “big ideas” in ADHD treatment and see demonstration of these techniques in real life examples. Speaker is Stephen L. Soffer, PhD, psychologist in the Center for Management of ADHD at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Adult ADHD: Mayo Clinic Radio

Dr. Robert Wilfahrt, a family medicine physician at Mayo Clinic, discusses ADHD in adults. Dr. Wilfahrt is also a content editor and board member for the Mayo Clinic Health Letter.

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My Child Doesn’t Need More Stimulation. So Why Treat His ADHD with Stimulants?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a crippling disorder with childhood onset. There are well-established treatments, including pharmacologic interventions that dramatically reduce the symptoms of ADHD. NYU Langone child psychiatrist Dr. Rahil Jummani discusses the disorder, how it is diagnosed, and effective therapies. The webinar also focuses on medication management of ADHD and developing an understanding of how stimulants and other medications for the disorder work.

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Herbal Alternative Treatments for ADHD

Herbal Alternative Treatments for ADHD. Part of the series: Herbal Healing. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, may stem from a variety of causes, but a combination nutritional supplements, the Chinese remedy An Sehn Bu Xin Dong and herbal auricular therapy can help. Treat ADHD with the aid of this free video on herbal healing. Read more:

ADULT ADHD Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder that includes a combination of persistent problems, such as difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. Adult ADHD can lead to unstable relationships, poor work or school performance, low self-esteem, and other problems.

Though it's called adult ADHD, symptoms start in early childhood and continue into adulthood. In some cases, ADHD is not recognized or diagnosed until the person is an adult. Adult ADHD symptoms may not be as clear as ADHD symptoms in children. In adults, hyperactivity may decrease, but struggles with impulsiveness, restlessness and difficulty paying attention may continue.

Treatment for adult ADHD is similar to treatment for childhood ADHD, though some ADHD medications approved for children are not approved for adult use. Adult ADHD treatment includes medications, psychological counseling (psychotherapy) and treatment for any mental health conditions that occur along with ADHD.

Some people with ADHD have fewer symptoms as they age, but some adults continue to have major symptoms that interfere with daily functioning. In adults, the main features of ADHD may include difficulty paying attention, impulsiveness and restlessness. Symptoms can range from mild to severe.

Many adults with ADHD aren't aware they have it — they just know that everyday tasks can be a challenge. Adults with ADHD may find it difficult to focus and prioritize, leading to missed deadlines and forgotten meetings or social plans. The inability to control impulses can range from impatience waiting in line or driving in traffic to mood swings and outbursts of anger.

Adult ADHD symptoms may include:

• Impulsiveness.
• Disorganization and problems prioritizing.
• Poor time management skills.
• Problems focusing on a task.
• Trouble multitasking.
• Excessive activity or restlessness.
• Poor planning.
• Low frustration tolerance.
• Frequent mood swings.
• Problems following through and completing tasks.
• Hot temper.
• Trouble coping with stress.

While the exact cause of ADHD is not clear, research efforts continue. Factors that may be involved in the development of ADHD include:

• Genetics. ADHD can run in families, and studies indicate that genes may play a role.
• Environment. Certain environmental factors also may increase risk, such as lead exposure as a child.
• Problems during development. Problems with the central nervous system at key moments in development may play a role.

Standard treatments for ADHD in adults typically involve medication, education, training and psychological counseling. A combination of these is often the most effective treatment. These treatments can relieve many symptoms of ADHD, but they don't cure it. It may take some time to determine what works best for you.
Talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of any medications.

The right medication and the right dose vary among individuals, so it may take time to find out what's right for you. Tell your doctor about any side effects.

Psychological counseling
Counseling for adult ADHD generally includes psychological counseling (psychotherapy), education about the disorder and learning skills to help you be successful.

Psychotherapy may help you:
• Improve your time management and organizational skills
• Learn how to reduce your impulsive behavior
• Develop better problem-solving skills
• Cope with past academic, work or social failures
• Improve your self-esteem
• Learn ways to improve relationships with your family, co-workers and friends
• Develop strategies for controlling your temper

Common types of psychotherapy for ADHD include:

• Cognitive behavioral therapy. This structured type of counseling teaches specific skills to manage your behavior and change negative thinking patterns into positive ones. It can help you deal with life challenges, such as school, work or relationship problems, and help address other mental health conditions, such as depression or substance abuse.
• Marital counseling and family therapy. This type of therapy can help loved ones cope with the stress of living with someone who has ADHD and learn what they can do to help. Such counseling can improve communication and problem-solving skills.

Herbal Remedies : How to Treat ADHD With Herbal Medicines

Skullcap, magnesium citrate, omega fatty acids, and lavender oil are all safe ways to treat ADHD. Understand the effectiveness of these herbal treatments with the helpful advice from an expert herbalist in this free video on how to treat ADHD with herbal medicines.

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Series Description: Many herbs can be used to treat common ailments and conditions. Understand how you can incorporate these herbs into your daily diet with the helpful advice from an expert herbalist in this free video series on herbal remedies.

Non-Medication Treatment of Child and Adolescent Bipolar Disorder

Judith Joseph, MD, MBA, of the NYU Langone Child Study Center, interviews Dr.Mary Fristad, PhD, a child and adolescent psychologist and leading bipolar disorder researcher at The Ohio State University. During her grand rounds at the Child Study Center, Dr. Fristad talked about effective non-medication treatments for child and adolescent bipolar disorder. While Dr. Fristad believes that medication management of bipolar effective is proven to be effective, she revealed recent studies that show that non-medication methods can also improve long term outcomes in the treatment of child and adolescent bipolar disorder.

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Treatments for ADHD

Judith Joseph, MD, MBA, child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at the Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, interviews Dr. Jeffrey Newcorn, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.

Dr. Newcorn is a highly-regarded researcher in the area of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and child and adolescent psychopharmacology. In his recent grand rounds lecture, he talked about the latest treatments for ADHD and discussed relevant research studies about these treatments and outcomes of treatments.

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Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment of ADHD in Children

Dr. Dehra Harris, a pediatric psychiatrist with Washington University at St. Louis Children’s Hospital discusses the signs and symptoms in ADHD in children.

Parents often ask me, “Is ADHD overdiagnosed?” That’s a tough question to answer. Many factors affect a child’s attention, making ADHD a complicated diagnosis. We follow standards and strict procedures to assess symptoms of ADHD and accurately diagnose the condition. If you see signs your child Is struggling in school or other aspects of life because of attention, talk to a trusted physician.

When you talk to your pediatrician, it is likely they will recommend involving the school and obtaining classroom assessments. Historically, ADHD has been more commonly diagnosed in boys, largely because boys often present disruptive behaviors that are easy to identify in the classroom. The inattentive type of ADHD is harder to identify in both boys and girls. In these circumstances, the child is more of a daydreamer who is missing concepts in the classroom because he or she is focused on something else.

Many parents are conflicted about whether or not to give their child medication to treat ADHD. Medication is a very personal decision, and there are a few natural remedies you can try before pursuing other options. These include:
- Changing diet by avoiding food dyes and preservatives
- Addressing sleep issues

While natural remedies for children with ADHD can help, they do not always work. When deciding whether to try ADHD medications, remember: these medicines have been used for over 50 years. When used correctly, they are very safe and effective.

If you suspect your child is displaying symptoms of ADHD, talk to your pediatrician. If you have additional concerns, they can help you decide when it’s time to connect with a specialist who works with more complicated cases.

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Individualized ADHD Management: Pediatric, Adolescent, and Adult Patient Considerations

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With a focus on pediatric, adolescent, and adult patient considerations, this on-demand webcast featuring Dr. Anthony L. Rostain examines evidence-based, individualized, age-appropriate management plans for patients with ADHD that incorporate newer long-acting pharmacotherapies, multimodal treatment, and engagement strategies.

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Pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment of adults with ADHD

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Nicoletta Adamo (London, UK)
Samuele Cortese (Southampton, UK)
Franco De Crescenzo (Rome, Italy)
Stephen Faraone (SUNY, USA)
Sandra Kooij (PsyQ, The Netherlands)
Andrea Cipriani (Oxford, UK)
Michael Ostacher (Stanford, USA)

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is characterised by a persistent and impairing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity/impulsivity and it is one of the most common neuropsychiatric conditions. Evidence about interventions of adults with ADHD is growing rapidly. The panel will discuss a recent meta-review of Pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment of adults with ADHD. This research will provide the starting point for wide-ranging discussion and debate, including a focus on the implications for practice and future research.

The paper which will be discussed is:
De Crescenzo F, Cortese S, Adamo N, et al Pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment of adults with ADHD: a meta-review Evidence-Based Mental Health Published Online First: 19 December 2016. doi: 10.1136/eb-2016-102415

Understanding the Nuances of ADHD | Michael Manos, PhD

Kids and adults who have attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder often struggle to pay attention to just one thing – they demonstrate symptoms of inattention, distractibility and hyperactive impulsive behavior. Because of the nature of the disorder, it’s best treated outside of the therapist’s office, at the point of contact, says pediatric psychologist Michael Manos, PhD. Learn what causes ADHD, how it works in the brain and strategies to overcome symptoms.

Treatments for ADHD: Medication, Behavior Therapy, and the New AAP Guidelines

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated its guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. Here, Tim Verduin, PhD, Clinical Director of the Institute for ADHD and Behavior Disorders at the NYU Langone Child Study Center, talks about why the guidelines recommend starting treatment with behavior therapy for younger children. He also discusses why at any age, the AAP ideally recommends a combination of behavior therapy and medication used in concert.

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ADHD in Children (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

ADHD in Children (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) -

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ADHD is short for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is a common brain disorder among children. ADHD is a condition that affects millions of children.

What are the different types of ADHD? Types are inattentive type, hyperactive-impulsive type, and combined type. What are the Symptoms of ADHD in Children? Hyperactivity-impulsivity symptoms are being in motion constantly, frequent fidgeting or squirming in their seat and talking without restraint. Inattention symptoms can include not being able to focus on tasks. Not following directions and having difficulty in organizing.

What are the Causes of ADHD in Children? Several factors may influence the risk of a child having ADHD. Children can inherit ADHD. Children whose mothers smoke during pregnancy may have higher risk of ADHD. Children exposed to lead, PCBs, or pesticides may also be at an increased risk. How is ADHD in Children Treated? Treatment options for ADHD focus on therapeutic and medical options. Prescription medications can also help to control symptoms. The medications are designed to help children focus better. Prescription medication will continue throughout childhood and into adulthood.

How is ADHD in Children Prevented? A healthy diet, routine doctor visits, and avoidance of alcohol and drugs. Cigarette smoking and second hand smoke increases the likelihood of ADHD. After the baby is born, parents must be aware of chemicals in the home. Intervention during the preschool years may mitigate the effects of ADHD. Intervention may include time for creative play and plenty of exercise. Be sure to speak to your doctor about your concerns.

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