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Many Parents Use Alternative Therapies for ADHD. (Few Tell Their Physicians)

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Many Parents Use Alternative Therapies for ADHD. (Few Tell Their Physicians)

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SAN DIEGO -- Surveys indicate that many parents are trying complementary and alternative therapies for their children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, but few tell their physicians about it, Dr. Kathi J. Kemper said at a meeting sponsored by the Los Angeles Pediatric Society.

Unfortunately few of these therapies have any evidentiary base, and many herbs and food supplements are manufactured and marketed with poor quality control.

Dr. Kemper, director of the Center for Holistic Pediatric Education and Research at Harvard Medical School, Boston, participated in a survey of 114 families referred to a Boston clinic for the diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Although 54% had used complementary or alternative therapies for their child within the past year, only 11% had talked with their physician about this.

In the survey, 39% of parents reported using vitamins and dietary supplements, 39% reported using expressive art, and 26% reported using dietary changes to treat ADHD (Contemp. Pediatr. 17[9]:116, 2000). Of the parents who were also using stimulant medications with their children, side effects from those medications did not predict the use of alternative therapies.

Other surveys have yielded different results. For example, in a 1998 ADHD survey conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics, 92% of the pediatricians stated that their patients had asked about complementary or alternative therapies, and 38% of their patients were using them. …

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