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Exercise Is ADHD Medication

Mental exercises to build (or rebuild)attention span have shown promise recently as adjuncts or alternatives to amphetamines in addressing symptoms common to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Building cognitive control, to be better able to focus on just one thing, or single-task, might involve regular practice with a specialized video game that reinforces "top-down" cognitive modulation, as was the case in a popular paper in Nature last year.

Read the article on The Atlantic

Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

As pointed out in the article, exercise increases dopamine as does high-dose fish oil. Perhaps putting physical education programs back in schools, eliminating driving kids to school instead of having them walk to school and taking their fish oil before leaving for school may be a better, low-cost solution to ADHD than increased drugs and special-education classes.

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