Faraone 2014: Towards an Evidence-Based Taxonomy of Nonpharmacologic Treatments for ADHD.

Faraone, Antshel. Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America. 23(4): 965-72

This paper reviews an evidence-based approach to help doctors explain to parents the relative benefits of nonpharmacologic treatments for ADHD.

Food dye exclusion is given a “4” in their listing of treatment effect size (see picture) – meaning the treatment has had a randomized trial or observational study with clear effect. It is suggested that diet – as well as other nonpharmacological treatments – can be used also as adjunct treatments. There is an explanation of the difference between broad-band and narrow-band treatments.

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