Natural Ways to Help ADD

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There are many treatments common to all people with ADD. But to many people’s surprise, there are 7 different types of ADD, each needing its own unique treatment. While these general treatments may be helpful, it’s important to pinpoint your specific type of ADD so that it can be treated properly and effectively.

Here are some natural tips to start helping ADD today:

1. Take a 100-percent multivitamin and mineral supplement every day. Studies have reported that they help people with learning and help prevent chronic illness.

2. Adults take about 2,000 to 6,000 mg of high-quality fish oil a day (1,000-2,000 mg for children.) Research suggests that fish oil higher in the EPA form of omega-3s may be the most helpful, but it depends on your type of ADD.

3. Eliminate caffeine and nicotine. Both interfere with sleep and several treatment recommendations.

4. Exercise daily for 30-45 minutes. For kids, if you cannot find a safe exercise (no brain injuries please from football, hockey, or soccer headers), take them on long, fast walks.

5. Limit television, video games, and device time to no more than 30 minutes a day. This may be hard for kids and teens, but it can make a huge difference.

6. Food is a drug. Most people with ADD do best with a higher protein, lower simple carbohydrate diet, but this isn’t true for all types of ADD.

7. In dealing with kids, employees, and spouses with ADD – No YELLING! Many people with ADD have low activity in the front part of their brains, due to lower levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine. To feel more alert, they often find themselves seeking conflict or excitement. They can be masterful at making other people mad or angry at them. Do not lose your temper with them, because it often makes things worse. If they get you to explode their unconscious, low-energy frontal cortex turns on and unconsciously they come to crave it. Never let your anger be their medication. They can get addicted to it.

8. Test ADD kids and adults for learning disabilities. They occur in up to 60 percent of people with ADD. There are more common in type 4, Temporal Lobe ADD.

9. Never give up seeking help.

To learn more about ADD/ADHD, you can begin with our ADD Type Test. Take the 4-minute confidential test to discover you, or your loved one’s ADD Type and get a personalized overview on what to do about it.

Our Care Center is experienced in addressing your concerns and helping get you or your loved one on the path to wellness. Call us today at 888-288-9834 or tell us more online to schedule an appointment.


  1. Thank you for helping . Your Information so valuable to me. Best wishes.Halina

    Comment by Halina lipowska — July 23, 2018 @ 2:47 AM

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    Comment by Cecilia Davidson — July 23, 2018 @ 6:59 AM

  3. Dear Dr. Amen, you are the only doctor I’ve heard speak that make sense. I have been a faithful follower of your site and enjoy reading every single article. I am a 62 year old woman and have chronic brain damage situation among other things. My family history, like many of us, has involved alcoholism, and other forms of physical and psychological abuse and addictions, diabetes and cancer. Now Alzheimer’s. I would be interested in a SPECT SCAN ( so bad) Money is very tight here and at the present I am trying to work and take care of husband (17 yrs) in his own failing health. Met when we were 15 then dated briefly at 21. So many of us are dying.

    Comment by M.E. Sherman — July 24, 2018 @ 3:32 AM

  4. Dr. Amen, how are you, you’re a very interesting person and I’m glad to have come across your commercials and websites, I’m a 61 year old African American male, and I have chronic Migraine Headaches all the time, I do admit that I played various contact sports to include football being the favorite so I’ve just been taking the over the counter Advil Migraine gel capsules. I’d like to see you about a Brain Scan being that I’m preparing for retirement I’d like to really know how healthy I can be. Well actually I’m just ready to address and get proper treatment for this issue. Is this possible?

    Comment by Odie George — April 15, 2019 @ 3:32 AM

  5. Thank you for helping. Could you recommend suplements?

    Comment by MARIA ANGELICA BERNARDES PAULINO — April 15, 2019 @ 10:16 AM

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    Comment by Amen Clinics — April 16, 2019 @ 1:02 PM

  7. Need to know what’s best to work around my child with add his can’t get him to focus for long or he’s gets over excited starts to rush his task plz need ure help

    Comment by Saika — June 30, 2019 @ 12:39 AM

  8. Good day,
    It would be great if more I tests and I formation becomes available online free for unique add types.

    Comment by Werner — August 9, 2019 @ 3:15 AM

  9. I’m in the same boat Saika. I just want my son to get the help he needs. He’s very smart. He just has trouble staying focused.

    Comment by Lynette — August 22, 2019 @ 5:41 AM

  10. My daughter is 23 and has struggled with ADD since childhood. she has been treated with medication which temporarily helps but she hates the way it makes her feel. Without the medication she struggles in school, work and in learning anything new. We are open to any help-she is very discouraged,

    Comment by Sandra Nolen — September 30, 2019 @ 10:49 AM

  11. Hello Sandra, thank you for reaching out. We’d be happy to contact you directly about your daughter and how we can provide assistance.

    Comment by Amen Clinics — October 8, 2019 @ 6:44 AM

  12. Sorry but just NO.. Nicotine has been shown to improve cognitive function is every possible way (Hence why so many people with ADD smoke because they are self medicating with nicotine which helps their cognitive function). There is even nicotine based drugs for ADD on the horizon.

    Comment by Phil Richard — November 29, 2019 @ 5:47 AM

  13. Hello to the Support Team !
    I just was reading the article above and want to make the test to find out what kind of ADD I have , but I only could get to the 2. question
    and then it jumped back to the 1.
    Can I find the test anywhere else ?
    I am on ADD Medication .Have I stop taking them if I take the multivitamin , mineral supplements and fish oil ?

    Another question : What would be the cost for a first consultation and diagnostic with or without Brain scan ?

    I am looking forward for your answer and thank you .
    Monika Bartelt

    Comment by Monika Bartelt — March 2, 2020 @ 11:51 AM

  14. Limit video games to 30 mins a day? So the one thing that actually makes me happy because I can concentrate on it needs to be limited? no thnaks

    Comment by mack — July 10, 2020 @ 8:40 AM

  15. Well, it might sound like that in theory, but in reality, it only helps short-term (while smoking), but in between the cigarettes, it only gets worse.

    Comment by AXdxw — July 24, 2020 @ 2:57 PM

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