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J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2002 Feb;23(1 Suppl):S37-45.

The role of complementary and alternative medicine in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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  • 1Division of General Pediatrics, Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA.


The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in pediatrics has become widespread. Parents of young children with developmental and behavioral problems such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are particularly drawn to CAM interventions to avoid or decrease use of psychotropic medications. This paper reviews the epidemiology of CAM use for ADHD, describes a conceptual model of CAM, discusses a variety of commonly used therapies for ADHD, and introduces a systematic, pragmatic approach to discussing CAM therapy use with parents.

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