It is crucial that, if accurately diagnosed (not only a rating scale), your son receives optimal, evidence-based treatment. "Google" is not "evidence-based" and unfortunately many uses it as a platform to "vent" - thus myths are proclaimed as facts, and this adds to the stigma with regard to mental health conditions (such as ADHD) and the treatment thereof. Other than omegas, which have some benefit, none of the supplements has proven clear benefits in randomised clinically controlled trials (RCTs). Many of the supplements also have side-effects! It is crucial that you discussed treatment with your son's psychiatrist and get judicious guidance in terms of treatment - and also discuss your reserves and concerns with regard to methylphenidate. In order to get a concession for extra writing time, it is usually also necessary to confirm that a pupil/student receives optimal treatment, and despite treatment, still needs a concession. Bear in mind that optimal treatment includes medication (where indicated), therapy, and a healthy lifestyle.
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