What natural or alternative remedies have you had success in treating ADHD for your child?

I’m looking for specific brands of herbal, homeopathic, supplements, etc. My son is 7 and has been diagnosed with ADHD and I would like some suggestions as we are not going to medicate him. Thanks!

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What is the best medication to give to a child with ADHD?

I have a six year old, and I am trying to figure out what the best medication is to give her for ADHD. This is my first time dealing with this, and I would like people’s opinions.
I just want you all to know that I DID first take her to the doctor. I have done my own research on the meds as he doctor suggested, and I just wanted opinions from people with experience in this area.

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Which is the best medication against Attention deficit hyper activity disorder ? ADHD and ADD?

What kind of Dr do I need to visit to be diagnosed with ADHD attention deficit hyper activity disorder or ADD ?

What exactly is Attention deficit hyper activity disorder ? ADHD and ADD?

What are Symptoms of ADHD ( Attention deficit hyper activity disorder ) diagnosis or diagnose ?

Which is the best medication against Attention deficit hyper activity disorder ? ADHD and ADD?

What is ADD?

Adderall 5mg, 10mg, 15mg, 20mg
Retalin HCI 5mg
Concerta 27mg
Or what other be as detailed as possible

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What specialist is best for treatment of pediatric ADHD?

My 5-year-old child has been diagnosed with ADHD. He has been seeing a psychologist, and his pediatrician has been trying to manage the ADHD with medication. I would like to get a second opinion on the treatment plan from a specialist, but I don’t know what type of specialist I should be looking for. Psychiatrist? Pediatric Neurologist? Other? What type of specialist is best suited to treat ADHD?

Thanks!

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What kinds of alternative therapies can be used for ADHD and Learning Disorders?

My daughter has a touch of ADHD and learning problems and I don’t want to put her on drugs that distort her mind. She has problems with short-term memory, processing speed, and being able to concentrate.

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How do ADHD medications affect those without ADHD?

Since children who have ADHD are supposed to take certain medication in order to help them concentrate as well as improve in school, how would taking these drugs affect the brain of someone who does not have ADHD? For example, many students who are in college or university take ADHD in order to be able to focus better, stay up longer, etc … What would the long-term and short-term effects be of taking these drugs?
Sorry I meant to say that the university and college students illegally take ADHD medications.

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Ritalin – The Answer to ADHD?

ADHD The Medication Decision

It is well known that medication can help reduce the symptoms of ADHD.  However, in many cases, this may not be the best choice.  I t is important to understand the implcations of such a decision.

Ritalin

Given that there are approximately 3.5 million children in the US that can fall under the category of suffering from ADHD, there are many research projects and papers that explore the various treatment options avaiable for doctors and their patients.  It is interesting that many people are under the false impression that doctors always treat their ADHD patients with a prescription for the use of some medication. The truth is that only half of these affected children are diagnosed and given medications to treat their symptoms.

This leads to a couple it main points.  First, parents should not automatically assume that their child has ADHD simple because they are highly active and seem to have a short attention span.  In many cases, these apparent symptoms are part of the normal growing up process.  I have not seen many three-year-old chilldren who display the same behavior characteristics of an adult.  Many times their behavior adjusts as they begin to  understand that everything does not happen just because they want it to. This means that, in order to diagnose ADHD properly, many different types of people involved in the childs environment need to be consulted before reaching such a conclusion.  Generally speaking, the child should exhibit the same symptoms of ADHD in various settings, home, school, and other places as well.

Once it is determined that a child has ADHD, then the various treatment options should be reviewed.  This can involve medication.  However, before choosing this option it is important  the implications with such a decision.  How the medication affecets the body and the possible side effects of taking any medication should be fully understood before proceeding with this type of treatment.

Methylphenidate, on the market under such names as Ritalin and Concerta, is a stimulant which is the most common drug prescribed for treating ADHD.  There are also a group of medications called "mixed salts" which is a blend of the stimulants amphetamine and dexadrine.  Seems strange that one would prescribe a stimulate to treat someone who is hyperactive doesn’t it? Well, stimulants can actually help reduce the levels of hyperactivity and impulsive behavior by blocking the dopamine transporter.  Dopamine is a  neurotransmitter which helps control attention, movement, and behavior.

There are a couple of Schedule II drugs – those that have a high risk of abuse and must be monitored closely by doctors – such as Adderal and Metadate which may also be prescribed.

When you look at the side effects of these types of drugs, it can and should cause a parent to take notice.  These range from loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, an increased heart rate, and even death.  Between 1990 and 2000 there were 186 deaths from the use of Ritalin.  Some medications, such as Strattera come with a suicide warning for users of this drug.  The question to parents becomes a choice of the quality of life versus the potential side effects of the medications.  

However, for those children diagnosed with a mild form of ADHD, the use of medication as a treatment option may not be the best choice when compared to the results that can be gained from non-medical options.

There are behavioral modification options that can be applied at home and in the classroom that do not involve taking a drug.

Other options may include a change in diet.  For many children, the use of organic foods that do not contain additives may be the right choice of treatment. 

The main thing is that its important to understand the extent of the behavior problems to which your child is displaying and getting to the root of the cause for these issues to occur.

Notes from elsewhere


Side effects and effectiveness analysis of Ritalin

Real world drug outcome study: Side effects and effectiveness analysis of Ritalin for males aged 10, long term effects included (Report ID: 2886719) on eHealthMe.com.  […]

Ritalin Vs Adderall

Ritalin is the most commonly prescribed stimulant, far outselling Adderall. This doesn’t mean it’s better, though. Ritalin and ADHD have become almost synonyms, probably because of how long Ritalin has been on the market. … 

Long Term Effects Of Ritalin, Concerta, Stratera?

does anyone know if theres long term effects of being on these medicines for ADD/ADHD. im 20 now and i was on ritalin from 3rd-6th grade…concerta from approx. […]

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3 Steps ADHD

ADHD Solutions That Work

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects the children and make them hyperactive, less concentrative. But is there anything that works for ADHD? Let’s find here some of the ADHD solutions that work…

adhd kids act in school

Is there really a solution?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, most commonly diagnosed in children, could be got over effectively if the parents and teachers work together, and pay attention to the child and its behavior. Since the child spends a considerable amount of time at school and its behavior is believed to be shaped there, where there are situations of social interaction, most of the work interestingly has to be done by the teacher. Here are a few tips that have proved to be productive in due course of time.

The teacher’s part

1. Have all the time for your student
It is understandable that a teacher can’t spend all of his/her time for one particular student. But certain gestures like talking to the child whenever he passes by, a motherly smile and similar things can really make the child believe that the teacher really shows interest on him and he does care about his well being. And also, it is a tendency of students to really open up when they meet the teacher in a non-teaching environment. The teacher thereby gets a chance to hear out the child and what his intentions are.

2. Make the poor student grasp things quickly
The most common symptom of ADHD disorder is that the child is prone to forgetfulness. The child finds it difficult to have in mind even the most simplest of things. This is where a teacher comes into the action. It has been scientifically proved that the child confuses itself with the symbols and words that look alike. It is therefore advisable to a teacher to teach such children with a real life example for such words. In situations where the words denote a thing or an animal, the child can be shown the pictures of the same. This process, eventually, has proved that the child diagnosed to have ADHD has continuously shown signs of improvement, especially in remembering things. Additionally, the teacher can use sign languages and have the children practice them so that they are less prone to forgetfulness.

3. Have the ADHD children abide by the rules you impose
It is the duty of a teacher to lay down the norms to the children and making them aware of the consequences if those rules are broken. The teacher must constantly direct the child and make sure that the child does what he is supposed to, right from the first attempt. Most of us may be wondering as to how this can be taken as a solution to get over children suffering from ADHD. The answer is that, when children are made to follow the directions imposed by the teacher, they develop in themselves a sense of control and thus indirectly, the symptoms of hypertension and being impulsive get retarded.

The gain?
These simple methods when followed consciously will definitely prove to play a huge role in shaping the behavior of the ADHD children. Interestingly, not only the children are the ones who get benefited, the teacher also has a reason to smile. From the teacher’s point of view,

  • There will be a notable improvement in the attitude of the children for which he can be glad.
  • As the most delightful part of the job, he can be proud of himself when the parents of the child compliment him.
  • He can feel better when he realizes that he does take steps to help the ADHD children and those measures are really effective.
  • He now knows the students well, and treats them as his own child.

As far as the parents are concerned, they are advised to treat their child with love and care, make them feel secured, work in conjunction with the teachers and put in the best of their efforts to make their dear one get over ADHD.

By Jayashree Pakhare
Published: 3/31/2008

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Effects of ADHD Drugs on Children

ADD, ADHD and Medication

Use of medication for ADD has always been a controversial debate. However, Experts feel that medical treatment benefits patient. Medication is not the only solution for recovery. One requires equal support from therapy, coaching & community.

Ritalin is the most widely used medication for ADHD. There are many other types of useful medications available for curing this disorder. People who do not respond to a particular medication doctors prescribe another medication or combination that will help control symptoms. Secondary medications are also available. However, these require closer monitoring during the initial phase of treatment. Most of the time medication fails due to lack of communication between patient & doctors. Here, the medical practitioner, family & patient should be very clear about exactly what symptoms they expect the medication to treat. Patients should ask certain questions & inform doctor about any side effects they observe. One should also inform the health care practitioner if the medication does not work.

If the medication doesn’t work even after all the possible trials, it is time to reevaluate the diagnosis. Individuals with ADHD may also suffer from other disorders at the same time.
For instance, anxiety & depression may superficially resemble ADHD. Medication is not the only solution for recovery. One requires equal support from therapy, coaching & community. The individuals also require to practice determination.

You must undertake certain steps to increase the effectiveness of medication for ADD & minimize the side effects & risks. Here are certain steps to help you:

Educate yourself

You must learn everything you can about medication, even potential side effects.

Exercise patience

It takes a lot of time to develop an effective medication regimen. Remember that finding the right medication & dose is a trial process. It will take some time for experimenting. Go for an honest conversation with your doctor.

Start gradually

You should always start with a low dose & work up from there. The main goal is to find out the lowest dose possible that may relieve you.

Keep track of effects

You should pay close attention to your body, actions & emotions. Try to keep track of any side effects that you suffer from. Tell your doctor about all the side effects you suffer from. This will help the medical practitioner to provide you the adept treatment.

Taper off slowly

If you find something wrong with the medication or it makes you feel or want to stop taking it. You need to get good instructions from your doctor. In order to avoid withdrawal symptoms, you need these drugs to be tapered off. They should never be stopped immediately.

Medication is provided to treat ADD in order to stimulate the production of two major neurotransmitters known as dopamine & norephinephrine. These neurotransmitters are required to carry a nerve impulse along a neuropath way. In case, one of these transmitters is under supplied the message is stopped prior to reaching its intended destination. This action thwarts the function assigned by circuit. Some drugs used to treat ADD other than Ritalin are Dexedrine, Adderall, Desoxyn & Cylert. Some of the most common anti depressants are Desiprimine, Anafranil, Elavil, Tofranil, Wellbutrin, prozac, Zoloft & Paxil. The most common of these drugs are Haldol & Mellaril.

Remember that with proper diagnosis & testing, you can easily find the right drug in treating the disorder.

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By Bertil Hjert
Published: 5/15/2008

Loving Your ADD Child

Superparenting an ADHD Child My ADHD daughter is easy to love, but hard to… Adjusting My Daughter’s ADHD Medication We’ve tried Ritalin and Focalin to treat Nat’s ADHD.

How can I ask my doc to switch me to adderall from ritalin?

So he prescribed me ritalin. I’ve only been on it for two days now, adjusting various dosages. So, I figured ok that’s fine it should be the same as adderall, right? Um, wrong. I feel very, very drowsy… I want to fall asleep

Adhd Research On Ritalin

This finding gave the research team hope that short-term Ritalin use might be OK, but that. However this does not occupy outside form the machine or its performance. 

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ADHD Disorder in Children – Alternative Treatments

Adhd Medications And Alternative Treatments

ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. ADHD is a behavioral disorder and can affect roughly between three and five percent of the population. It is more common in boys than girls, and usual has its onset before puberty. Some important symptoms of ADHD are impulsiveness and lack of control, hyperactivity and restlessness, and inattentiveness.

There are a variety of medications for treatment of ADHD today, but they are controversial. One of the reasons for this is that these ADHD medications very often have side effects that are quite severe. Also, they are not proven to sufficiently limit or stop ADHD developing. More and more people are becoming interested in using alternative therapies for ADHD.

effects of cane sugar on hyperactivity on children

It was once believed that digesting a lot of sugar would increase ADHD symptoms but this has been shown not to be true. However, researchers still believe that diet can play a large part in how ADHD manifests itself and, also, on how it is treated. ADHD is a complicated issue and diet is one of the many complex factors that plays into it.

Despite popular perception, sucrose doesn’t actually affect ADHD symptoms. However, artificial food coloring does affect ADHD symptoms. Artificial food coloring, which is found in almost all packaged foods and drinks, is unnecessary for a healthy diet and is proven to improve ADHD health if removed. Some studies also indicate that the Omega 3 and Omega 6 supplement oils and pills help with ADHD symptoms.

The most common reason for a child having ADHD has been shown to be genetic. Genetic factors are thought to lead to about 75 percent of ADHD cases. Of those cases not caused by genetic factors, there are several environmental factors that are thought to lead to ADHD. These include a mother smoking or drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Other complications during birth, such as a baby being born prematurely, have also been tied to the onset of ADHD.

Your child has ADHD and you are looking for the solution that can best alleviate his symptoms. Don’t limit yourself to just prescription meds. Homeopathic medications are available and often your child will have less side effects using them. Even if you do decide on one medication, keep abreast of new developments as research is always being done.

By: Michelle Robbins

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Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, commonly referred to as ADHD, is a behavioral disorder that affects approximately 3-5 percent of the world’s population. The symptoms of ADHD include a consistent pattern of impulsiveness, hyperactivity and inattention. There are numerous adhd medications available on today’s market. Prescription ADHD drugs are controversial. One reason is that ADHD drugs tend to have somewhat severe side affects.

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