My book The Myth of the ADHD Child: 101 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Behavior and Attention Span (Tarcher/Perigee), was reviewed today in the online New York Times and will appear in the New York Times Book Review on Sunday. In the book (official publication date is August 29, 2017), I explore different reasons for the spike in ADHD diagnoses over the past two decades and provide lots of practical strategies that parents can use either as a supplement to their ADHD kids’ medications, or as a replacement for them (note: any decisions regarding medication should be made in conjunction with your physician).
Some of the strategies include: daily exercise, more time in nature, more free unstructured play, less exposure to mass media and social networking, a healthier diet (fast food has recently been linked to ADHD behaviors), permitting kids to fidget (it helps them focus), martial arts instruction (likewise), projects based on kids’ interests, and stress reduction techniques like mindfulness meditation and yoga.
I hope that the book raises awareness among those who feel that drugs are the first thing to use after an ADHD diagnoses. They should be the last resort, given the potential negative side effects (note: there are no negative side effects to any of the non-drug strategies listed above).