You are here:Home > Articles > Articles - Natural Health Information > Articles - Mental Health & Natural Remedies > ADHD and ADD > ADD Kids May Not Need Antipsychotic Treatment to Treat Aggression

Kids With ADHD May Not Need Anti Psychotic Drugs

pills adhd kids drug treatments Children who are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and show acts of aggression are often put on anti-psychotic drugs in addition to stimulant medications. A recent study, done at the New York’s Stony Brook University School of Medicine, indicates that aggressive behavior can be minimized or eliminated completely by careful tweaking of stimulant medication.

Why Kids With ADHD Aggression are Treated With Anti-Psychotic Medications

Second generation anti-psychotic drugs, also known as atypical anti-psychotic drugs, are often prescribed to treat aggression in individuals. The Vancouver Sun states that approximately 6,000 youth in British Columbia are on anti-psychotic drugs.

Atypical anti-psychotic drugs can be used to treat patients suffering from mood disorders, attention deficit, aggression, developmental delays, autism, bipolar disorder and early schizophrenia.

Atypical anti-psychotic drugs include:

  • risperidone (Risperdal)
  • quetiapine (Seroquel)
  • olanzapine (Zyprexa)
  • clozapine (Clozaril)
  • ziprasidone (Geodon)
  • aripirazole (Abilify)
  • paliperidone (Invega)

Anti-Psychotic Medications Used to Treat ADHD Aggression Has Side Effects

As with all prescription drugs, side effects are possible when taking anti-psychotic drugs to treat aggression. Some of the side effects may be an inconvenience to the child and will pass within a couple of days, while others may be more serious and have the potential to pose serious health risks.

Some side effects of anti-psychotic drugs are:

  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • vision problems
  • increased heart rate
  • sun sensitivity
  • skin rash
  • menstrual problems for women
  • weight gain and metabolism changes (which can lead to diabetes and high cholesterol)
  • rigidity
  • muscle spasms
  • tremors
  • restlessness

Treating ADHD Kids’ Aggression with Stimulant Medications

Lead author Joseph C. Blader, an assistant at New York’s Stony Brook University School of Medicine, indicates use of anti-psychotic medications to treat aggression in ADHD children may be avoidable in many cases.

The recent study, published in the October edition of Pediatrics involved 65 children between the ages of six and 13 years of age who all had ADHD and severe aggressive behavior. The kids were all started on the stimulant drug Concerta (a long lasting form of Ritalin) and the dosage was tweaked until the child’s symptoms were well controlled. Children and parents attended weekly therapy and learned how to control behaviors and establish a “rewards based” system. At the end of five weeks, 32 of the children showed a strong reduction in their aggressive behavior.

Each child responds to medications differently and not all children with ADHD aggression will be able to control their symptoms with stimulant medication only. Study research now indicates that many children may be able to be treated for their ADHD aggression without using anti-psychotic drugs that may have serious side effects and health risks.

Further Reading:

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Natural Remedies

ADHD and ADD: Misdiagnosis and Uncertainties


The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a doctor for advice.


The Vancouver Sun. “ Children on antipsychotic drugs more prone to diabetes: Canadian study ” (accessed September 17, 2010)

U.S News Health. “AggressiveKids with ADHD May Not Need Antipsychotic Meds” (accessed September 17, 2010)

National Institute of Mental Health. “Mental Health Medications” (accessed September 17, 2010)

Natural Remedies for ADHD and ADD Children:

Page of 1
Helping Your ADHD/ADD Child E-book. Helping Your ADHD/ADD Child Paperback book. Natural e GREEN online health store in Alberta, Canada. Check out our Deals! Angel Love for Children Music CD Mom and Baby
Helping Your ADHD/ADD Child E-book
Regular Price: $9.95
Sale Price: $0.99
Save $8.96!
Helping Your ADHD/ADD Child Paperback
Regular Price: $24.95
Sale Price: $3.99
Save $20.96!
Child Angel Love
Regular Price: $26.65
Sale Price: $8.99
Save $17.66!
Simple, yet effective tips to help parents with ADHD/ADD Children learn to focus and stay on track! E-book version.
Simple, yet effective tips to help parents with ADHD/ADD Children learn to focus and stay on track! Wonderful relaxing music for mom and baby (and children and adults too!) Relax and find your state of calm.
Celestial Reiki Calming Music CD 1 Bedtime Guided Meditations for Kids CD Angel Bear Yoga Meditation Music CD for Kids
Celestial Reiki Music Relaxation CD 1
Regular Price: $24.95
Sale Price: $8.99
Save $15.96!
Bedtime Guided Meditation for Children CD
Regular Price: $24.95
Sale Price: $8.99
Save $15.96!
Angel Bear Yoga Adventure Stories
Regular Price: $32.15
Sale Price: $9.99
Save $22.16!
Not just for Reiki healing, this CD offers some great music anyone can relax and unwind to. Listen to the samples inside.... This wonderful CD will help your child release their day and embrace a restful night's sleep. Soft music accompanied by a soft voice, your child will reach peace of mind and sleep well! Listen to sample clip inside.... A fun way for kids to learn and practice Yoga and Meditation!
The Crystal Healer Book AM & PM Yoga Meditations Music CD Bedtime Guided Meditations for Kids CDCrystal Energy Starter Kit for Balancing Chakras
The Crystal Healer
Regular Price: $26.85
Sale Price: $14.99
Save $11.86!
AM & PM Adult Yoga Meditation CD
Regular Price: $32.15
Sale Price: $16.99
Save $15.16!
Crystals Kit
Regular Price: $44.95
Sale Price: $19.99
Save $24.96!
Detailed book with color photos describing healing powers of crystals plus directory of 250 common ailments with crystals you can use as remedies. Great aid for those who practice Reiki, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Reflexology and Chakra balancing. 2 CD set for Yoga and Meditation. 1 for AM meditations to start your day, the other to relax, unwind, release and complete your day. A great starter kit for anyone wanting to learn how to work with crystals! Includes crystals, a protective pouch and book on crystal healing and energy working!
Control mood swings& adhd in kids naturally with Mindsoothe Jr. Natural e GREEN online health store in Alberta, Canada. Check out our Deals!
Native Remedies - Mindsoothe Jr
Regular Price: $48.45
Sale Price: $22.00
Save $26.45!
Mood Balance for Attention Deficit Disorder for children
Natural e GREEN Health and Wellness Online Store is located in Airdrie, Alberta Canada and offers over 700 natural, organic and non-toxic products for the whole family. Voted #1 in customer service and product quality, we strive hard to continue providing great customer experiences and to be the best online store to shop for your natural and organic products!

Feel free to browse our online catalogue and our green holiday gift guide to see all the items we carry in our store!

We deliver for free to locations in Airdrie, Alberta and now offer flat-rate shipping for delivery to Canada and the USA. We also offer worldwide shipping!

Categories: Bath & Body | Baby & Kids | Pet Care | Cosmetics & Personal Care | Spiritual Wellness | Gifts and Gift Baskets | Herbs and Vitamins | ADHD Remedies | House & Home | Music CDs and Books | Deals of the Day