There are several effective and clinically-proven options for treating people with ADHD. These include management with medication, as well as behavioral and combined treatments.
Stimulant medications can be effective in around 60% of cases. The most common treatments are methylphenidate (Ritalin), dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine), and Adderall.
However, research has shown that around 40% of those using medications do not find them helpful, or experience unacceptable side-effects, which is why Dore’s drug-free program is often a very viable consideration.
Dore believes that most of the symptoms of ADHD are linked to poor cerebellar efficiency. So, rather than merely relieve the symptoms and provide the general stimulatory effect of drugs, Dore’s direct approach is to focus on the brain’s ‘skill center’ and improve those underlying neurological systems linked with the attention processes.
Sometimes, giving medication for ADHD can be like treating a diabetic’s symptomatic thirst with a drink of water. The sensible solution is insulin, which is proven to treat the underlying cause of diabetes. Similarly, Dore’s answer is to tackle the root cause of ADHD to reduce or remove the symptoms of the disorder.
There is a variety of psychotherapy approaches employed by psychologists and psychiatrists, including psychotherapy, cognitive-behavior therapy, support groups, parent training, biofeedback, meditation, and social skills training. If psychotherapy fails to bring improvement, medications can be considered as an add-on or alternative.
Biofeedback techniques are also used. These techniques require the use of complex equipment (EEG) in order to help control brain activities during various performances requiring attention and focusing.
The Dore Program
DORE treatment has been shown to lead to an improvement both in the function of the cerebellum as well as reduction of ADHD related symptoms, including coordination, learning, and social skills.