nomedicationAttention deficiency disorder, also known as ADHD, is characterized by a great reduction in attention span, memory and even impulsiveness. If you suffer from ADHD as a grown-up, you may have talked to a doctor about the several options to treat this condition.

In most cases, a doctor will revert to medication. But medication may not address all of the mental health needs that can be associated with the condition.

Common drug prescriptions for ADHD include certain stimulants. These may be effective in the short term, but they also have several risks associated with them. All in all, some research concludes that medication is not always the most effective treatment for ADHD. Nonetheless, many doctors still do not keep updated on new studies, which is why they continue to prefer prescribing meds. But here’s a couple of strong alternatives that may give you a different path to at least try out.

Cognitive Therapy

ADHD is mostly known as a childhood disease, but it can carry on far into adulthood. Adults usually show reduced symptoms. But instead will usually suffer from anxiety disorders, sleep problems and potentially substance abuse too (legal or otherwise).

Research found that cognitive therapy may be much more effective in treating or controlling ADHD, than medication. During this therapy it is important to determine the goal for behavior and evaluate the process. Cognitive therapy may focus on re-structuring strategies. For example, changing the negative thought patterns of patients to positive coping strategies. This in turn will also improve attention span and memory, as well as organizational skills and time management.

However, in order for the therapy to be successful it is necessary to find a therapist that knows how to work with patients that suffer from this condition and that he or she has been updated with the latest developments. One important factor that impacts the success rate of this therapy, is the checking of progress made. On top of that, it is very important to develop an action plan that is suitable for the age, the needs and the current symptoms of the patient.

Some patients may also suffer from severe depression when they have this condition. The cognitive therapy may also be effective to treat a depression, as well as many other conditions. The long-term effects of cognitive therapy versus medication have been proven to be effective, whereas drugs only work for short amount of time before the patient has to revert to other means. On top of that, drugs often come along with unwanted side-effects.


This is an often controversial treatment option. Mainly because it’s one of those things that probably shouldn’t work. But there are a large body of people who would argue differently simply because it has worked for them. And it’s pretty hard to argue with that!

So you can find ready-made homeopathic remedies for many different afflictions, including ADHD. One of the better known ones is called Synaptol.

Now Synaptol in particular comes with a whole raft of fervent supporters – literally hundreds of people who have not only changed their lives by using it, but also written in to tell their stories. And these are incredible stories that will bring tears to your eyes. You can read more about it here.

I should quickly point out that this certainly does NOT work for everyone. For some reason some people show no change at all from using it. We simply don’t know why.

But if you don’t mind that potential disappointment, it’s certainly worth trying this one out as it’s easy to access, easy to use and a pretty cheap option compared to the alternatives.