Stimulant medications are commonly recommended to help people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder manage their symptoms. The National Institute of Mental Health says that “for many people, ADHD medications reduce hyperactivity and impulsivity and improve their ability to focus, work, and learn. Medication also may improve physical coordination.”

However, many people with ADHD are eager to explore nonmedication alternatives to treat their disorder or are interested in a complementary approach, which encompasses medication as well as methods such as mindfulness or dietary changes. The reasons for this vary and may include concerns about medication safety or simply the desire to focus on natural methods. “Under medical supervision, stimulant medications are considered safe,” NIMH notes. “However, there are risks and side effects, especially when misused or taken in excess of the prescribed dose.”

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