Medication should be a last resort. ADHD is a mental health issue, not a medical issue; a pediatrician has not business medicating ADHD without proper testing.
There are many therapists who work with people who have ADD/ADHD; they teach them not just coping skills, but how to use ADD/ADHD as an advantage in their lives. Thom Hartmann has written extensively on this topic; you should be able to find his books art your local library, there is lots of information at his website: http://www.thomhartmann.com/category/thom/adhd-education/. You may also want to explore how foods affect behavior, either from the Feingold Organization (www.feingold.org) or another source. We eat a "clean" diet; no processed foods, no chemical additives, no meat, very little dairy
My daughter's attention issues were helped dramatically by fish oil supplements (though we have since switched her to hemp oil).
at 12:44 PM on Jan. 11, 2010