A really simple study is showing that good psychology can help reduce symptoms associated with ADHD, which challenges the idea that ADHD is essentially a biologically programmed disorder that can only be helped with medication. The study demonstrated that support and reinforcement of good behaviors can reduce the characteristics associated with ADHD, such as academic, and social problems.
Some of these interventions are the most basic behavioral intervention techniques and things that most other people would identify as “good parenting.” In the current era, ADHD is the marquee over-diagnosed disorder to make excuses and cover for deeper emotional and family systems issues. It is the perfect example of a legitimate disorder that has become misunderstood in terms of symptoms, causes, and treatment. Hopefully more studies like this can also provide some concrete guidelines in basic non-medical treatment for ADHD.
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Meek, W. (2007). Non-Medical ADHD Intervention. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 18, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2007/08/25/non-medical-adhd-intervention/