Has anyone helped there ADD/ADHD child naturally with no Meds? If so please help!

Crystal - posted on 01/04/2009 ( 138 moms have responded )

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I have done a ton of research on ADD/ADHD and the Meds that go along with it. What destrubs me the most about the drugs/meds, and that many many children have died from all of these ADD/ADHD meds. I have also read lots of good information about resolving your childs ADHD without the use of drugs. But like the meds there are so many different things to try, like paticular kinds of Vitamans, or changing things in there diet, sleep ect. I am wondering if anyone tried any natural ways to resolve their childs ADD/ADHD and if so what have you done, doing or did. Has it worked or not? Thank you so much for all your help.

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Lya - posted on 02/01/2013

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Yes, there are natural ways to control ADD/ADHD symptoms! Please look into the GAPS diet, the Body Ecology Diet, The Feingold Diet. Go Paleo Try supplements like good quality probiotics and/or Neu-beCALM'd. Usually in the case of ADD/ADHD the brain is literally starving for nutrients and that's why it doesn't function properly.

Surbhi - posted on 02/04/2013

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Dear Lya n all there,
Lya u r right, i was also trying to cure this problem by giving proteins, omega 3 and (multivitamins syrup especially for this problem) n to my surprise he is now able to solve his grade 4 question paper on his own n that means he has started paying attention in school He has for the first time told me do not care i will do well in language also.
This moment made me so happy that i have saved my child from giving so many medicines n by supplements n organic food he is doing well.
Do give this a try....... n be strict n regular for atleast 6-7 months.

Shelley - posted on 01/10/2009

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My son will be 8 this Feb.  I was very nervous about putting him on any medication as well.  I like most people was concerned that most doctors just want to medicate - as that is an easy fix to the situation.  ADD/ADHD is in the news more now than ever before.  No one knows if this is because they are finally realizing there is a diagnosis for these children who have trouble concentrating, or whether it's becoming a bigger problem because of all the chemicals that go into our air, food, water, etc.  My experiance is that as with most things, there is a trickle down effect, and there is no blanket answer for this problem. 



That being said, each of our children are different.  They all have their own medical histories which they get from us.  What works for one child may not help another.  We know our children best so I think it is up to each parent to decide what is best for their child.  It does help if you have a good doctor that takes the time to get to know your child, their medical history, etc.  A good doctor, I believe should not only talk with you about the medical aspects of medicating your child, but also perhaps coordinate their care with a counselor or a doctor who specializes in children's psychology.  Doctor jumping is not only costly, but does not give you a good continuation of care.  I do, however, believe that if you are not happy with your doctor's care, if they are unwilling to listen to your concerns and explain all aspects of the care regimen they are recommending that you should seek a second opinion.



We did opt to try a low dose generic form of Ritalin with my son, and I'll tell you why.  He didn't do too bad in kindergarten, but when he went into 1st grade, which required more school work, he had a hard time staying on task and concentrating.  He would mess around with his pencil, or be looking around the room, etc.  His teacher tried many things to help him, but he still struggled. 



He was not disruptive to the class room, but both his dad and I and his teacher were afraid he was not retaining his studies, and that he may fall behind.  Since he does go to a pediatrician, we opted to visit with him about the trouble our son was having in school.  His doctor had us (parents, teacher & school counselor) do a written evaluation.  Each evaluation was scored to see where his problem areas were.  He didn't have much of the hyperactivity in school - mainly just the concentration and staying on task issues.  At home, however, he does do this thing we call bounding - we call it bounding because it reminds us of Tiger of Winnie and the Pooh.  He literally bounces from the couch to the chair to a table, then back to the couch and repeats this pattern for several minutes.  While he does this he makes a whooshing noise.  He has done this since we was about 3 or 4 years old.  When we ask him what he is doing when he does this, he says he is playing games in his mind.  To us (his dad and I) we thought this seemed a little more like OCD which does run in my family.  His pediatrician said he could have a little of that along with the ADD, but didn't think OCD would be the cause of his lack of concentration at school.  I am wondering if anyone elses child shows behavior such as this?



After a long discussion with his doctor, we asked him if he was his son, what would he do.  That is when he told us that his own daughter who was now 16, was on medication for ADD, and had been on it since 3rd grade, and it had helped her immensely.  We felt that a doctor would not put his own child on a medication if he didn't think the benefits outweighed the possible side effects.  Because of that, we did opt to try a 10 mg dose of the generic Ritalin, which he took in the AM.  He teacher noted remarkable improvement.  We watched him very closely for any side affects, and the only one we noticed was a decrease in appetite, which went away after being on the medication for a couple of months. 



I am by no means promoting medicating your child.  You have to do what you feel is right for them.  Now that my son is old enough to communicate his thought processes to us better, he does tell us his medicine helps him alot at school.  This makes me feel like we've made the right decision for him.  No one wants their child to struggle with learning at school.  Even if they are quite intelligent, if they are unable to concentrate and get their school work done, or listen to the lesson, they are missing out.



 

Brooke - posted on 03/20/2013

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Hi Crystal,

I hope your journey has helped you come up with some answers.
I just put up a post regarding your question about my journey with my son.
I tried to post it here but couldn't.

It's titled: Practicle Advice for Parents of ADHD Children. From Meds to Natural.

http://www.circleofmoms.com/welcome-to-c...

Allyn - posted on 02/05/2013

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Hi Lucy,

I love the idea about the tent. I'm sure my son and daughter would love that. And while they are still so little and very impressionable I think glorifying how awesome it is to lay on your pillow and not have to do anything is GREAT. Thanks

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Christien - posted 4 days ago

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Try Keenmind, I have a 11 year old that was diagnosed with ADHD at 8, he went off Ritalin last year August but as he changed schools beginning of the year, he asked to be put back on Ritalin, two months ago I started giving him Keenmind (all natural) and realized that it had the same effect as Ritalin without the side effects (not eating, lethargy etc) and he's very happy with it. Still talks a mile a minute but atleast he can focus. Saw the school this morning regarding the 6 year old, apparently he also has problem focusing but I told them I'll start giving him Keenmind from Tomorrow and hopefully by end of this year he wont have the same problems.

Hope this helps

Susan - posted on 10/05/2014

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Try Vayarin. Hey prescribed medical-based fish oil. It must be prescribe so I can get to the front over-the-counter will not have the same effect.

Natalie Delacroix - posted on 07/29/2014

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Neurofeedback is a Level-1 Best Support for ADHD. To be effective it needs a good therapist. Make sure the training is by the therapist not an aide/tech. Make sure your child is getting individualized training and not a generic protocol. Good Luck.
Dr DeLaCroix, Cerebral Fitness Inc

Jennifer - posted on 04/28/2014

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Yes and very successfully. Read my healing story www.healingwithouthurting.com Book will be released 11/13/14.

Jenn

Annette - posted on 01/05/2014

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Hi Angie I will be available tomorrow around 11am. Feel free to email me. Thanks so much

Fiona - posted on 08/30/2013

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;I tried die,t fish oil, gingo billoba , and have them on Synaptol all natural hoping this will work on my grade 5 boy ,as he has trouble focusing only in class , and chats a lot . My daughter in year 11 changed schools so many times ,just saw psychologist then a Psychiatrist , he said to try this , yes it was ritalin, but teachers had yelled at her all through secondry school .I had enough, as she chatters and cant focus ,she had the tablet and read a whole book in english for the first time, also got 70 out of 100 for her health test ,this blew us away ,. Why dont teachers no when these reocuring things are happening ,teachers should learn a bit about schycology we would of known a long time ago .As we did not see it at home .A hard one to pick up .Realised going through family tree ,Theres asbugers on one side and ADD on other . Its genetic ,It worries me the medication but she feels better as her grades are up and teachers are happy ,So to go to school teachers would rather have the high marks ,than have a child that cant focus in a room full of kids , One on one we dont have a problem .So do you finnish school on medication, or do you leave .And do what you want to do ,,Make up artist beautician and fashion is all she loves . What do l do.

Juhi - posted on 08/14/2013

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Hi my 7 years son has daignos from ADHD n I don't want to give madicin what to do ? Idont know please help.....

Allyn - posted on 02/05/2013

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Dear Jean,

Someone els mentioned neurofeedback to me a few months ago it must have slipped my mind and I forgot to look into it until just now. I think it is something worth giving a try I a little concerned about the cost and the negative effects (if any) of the electrodes to the brain waves. I will ask my son's therapist about it when we meet this week. You said your daughter is socially interacting, able to focus and there is no more aggression. Hmm these are issues we are having with Chris. Thanks for the advice I will definitely look into it.

Lucy - posted on 02/01/2013

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Dear Lya, Nice to read about so many natural choices for ADHD. I will read up on nutrients and these special diets/probiotics. Thanks for sharing
Peace

Surbhi - posted on 01/31/2013

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Hi Jean
Thanx for ur reply. I will go through the site n will inform about the progress. If like u it happens to be useful to me i will surely share it with you all. Hoping for the best for my son......

Jean - posted on 01/31/2013

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Hi Surbhi,
jnystrom here you have seen my posts. You can get the neurofeedback program in India it's for your PC although I do believe they have gone international as well at least in the school systems. It's worth your time peruse the site, playattention.com. I made my final decision after watching the webinar and I also put myself on their payment plan. I use the Nanny program as well which is very inexpensive and really has helped the whole family out. I've posted in the past that because I am divorced it was hard for my daughter to go between the households and stay on task. I can log in, she can log in and my ex spouse can log in so we are all on the same page at all times. It has goals too which I have found really work. Once she obtains the goal (usually a behavior I want to change) she can get a coupon to do something special (that's the only time I use them) or re-decorate her room. It has a journal also, you'd be amazed at what is written in them. She can decide to share with me or not, but I find it calms her down before she goes to sleep. Anyway, maybe a fit for you. Keep us posted, you've come into a great circle of moms and friends!

Lucy - posted on 01/31/2013

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Dear Crystal and Ladies who have reply to my post,
I have so many of you and friends ask me how have I done it without medication and to be honest, their have been moments I wish I had :D but Im glad I havent. Its hard doing it all through decipline, consistency and a special diet. Not medicating your child mean more work for the parent but if your child can function without it thats great. Some parents need to otherwise their child can not function at all. For those who choose to, they can and some do incorporate other natural remedies. I am grateful to have something to fall back on when all fails at home.
Peace

Lucy - posted on 01/31/2013

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Dear Crystal and Ladies who have reply to my post,
I have so many of you and friends ask me how have I done it without medication and to be honest, their have been moments I wish I had :D but Im glad I havent. Its hard doing it all through decipline, consistency and a special diet. Not medicating your child mean more work for the parent but if your child can function without it thats great. Some parents need to otherwise their child can not function at all. For those who choose to, they can and some do incorporate other natural remedies. I am grateful to have something to fall back on when all fails at home.
Peace

Lucy - posted on 01/31/2013

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Dear Crystal and Ladies who have reply to my post,
I had so many of you and friends ask me how have I've done it without medication and to be honest, their have been moments I wish I had :D but Im glad I havent. Its hard doing it all through decipline, consistency and a special diet. Not medicating your child mean more work for the parent but if your child can function without it thats great. Some parents need to, otherwise their child can not function at all. For those who choose to, they can and some do incorporate other natural remedies. I am grateful to have something to fall back on when all fails at home.
Peace

Lucy - posted on 01/30/2013

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Dear Allyn,
I know it will get better, I remember at one point putting a small tent in my sons room just to get
him excited about going to be. He was in the tent earlier with a flashlight and book. this worked for a while it was great. My husband and I made going to bed one of the highlights of our evening and both of our kids thought it was silly at first but we shared how wonderful it felt to
put our heads in our pillows, how nice it is not to work, think or answer questions, we would go on and on until they wanted to have that same experience. It worked for a while. The idea is that we have to be constantly CREATIVE AND HAVE FUN WITH THE CHANGES other wise it can drain the family. One last thing go with the flow, what works for some wont work for him as long as your getting results. Take care
Peace

Jean - posted on 01/30/2013

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Allyn, have you thought about neurofeedback? My daughter is 8 and we have had great success with playattention. It does take time and patience but it is well worth it. That's what I personally learned from using it - I needed to take the time, be patient and really refocus myself as well. As you posted: "I want him to get to a point where he realizes that he is losing focus and can redirect himself." This remark caught my attention because that is exactly how she behaves now. It has taught her to focus, pay attention and stay on task. With this the tantrums have gone away and so has the aggression. She's socially interacting and most important to me is that she is happy.

Allyn - posted on 01/30/2013

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Hi Lucy,

Thanks for taking the time to read my post. I have been saying that I would go to school and do a drop in on his class, but haven't done one yet. I think I will definitely find the time to do so before the school year is over. I love your idea about doing something for him as an incentive for him. He loves Mario and Mario video games. We usually don't allow him to play his DS or Wii during the week. So I could discuss with my husband and this could be an incentive.

As for going to bed, I've been working on making this more consistent. I realized how much of a difference this makes in his behavior. I try to make sure he gets in the bed by 9pm, we have a 4 year old whom he shares his room with so most of the time it a struggle to settle both of them down, even after reading them a story (or 3 in most cases).

I cannot image medicating my son either, this has called for a lot of patience that my husband and myself never thought we had. But I wouldn't change anything about my son, I would just like to figure out what will work best for his needs and how to accommodate these needs at home/school. I want him to get to a point where he realizes that he is losing focus and can redirect himself.

Allyn

Lucy - posted on 01/30/2013

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Dear Allyn, I really appreciate your post, its easier for parents at time to just medicate their child becuase of the stress at home and comments made from teachers. Maybe every Monday you can do something special as an incentive,for good behavior in school. Its important to figure out why monday its a hard day for him. Ask him. Can you visit the classroom on a Monday?
Keep in mind that consistantcy will pay off. Make sure that every night at the same time he heads to bed. Maybe solf music, a book or playing quietly to unwind. I sometimes just sit in my sons room and talk, it calms him down. Like you said their will be a lot of trial and error. what works today wont always work tomorrow. I'm a stronge believer in TIME, patience and slowing down for them,. I personally cant imagine dealing with the sides effect of medication that can really ruin their lives.
Peace all the best to you and your lovely son

Allyn - posted on 01/30/2013

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This is great advice Brandee, I too can relate to the acting up/out when my son doesn't fell confident about an activity/school work. My son is in first grade this year and it has been a rough and bumby road. Most recently he has been refusing to do his school work, he might put his head down in class, make noises to distrub his classmates or play with any object availble to him (pencils, crayons, erasers etc.). Funny thing is we have an IEP in place, but I get calls from school or his behavior chart shows that he has trouble every Monday after he returns to school from the weekend. We are still trying to figure out what works best for him both at school and at home.

My son also has trouble going to bed at night, and I also have to shut everything down (all electroniccs, toys, lights, etc have to be removed and/or turned off) in order to get him to go to bed.

At times he has crying fits when he cannot find the words to express his feelings when he is frustrated or upset. But his father and myself are adimit about NO MEDICATION! I've changed his diet, he cannot have any foods with dyes, he doesn't really like meat, but we incorporate it in every meal. I also monitor his sugar intake and he takes a multivitamin and fish oil vitamin daily.

There has been a lot of trial and error, but I'm still searching for the best methods that will help my son. He's going to be 7 in March and I want him to feel confident enough to at least attempt doing his work on his own.

Surbhi - posted on 01/30/2013

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Thanx Lucy for the information i will search for it. It will be of real help to me.

Lucy - posted on 01/30/2013

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Dear Surbi, Im not sure if you will find it in India, if not, you should try buying it on line or have
someone/relative/friend who is traveling to Europe or USA to send it to you or bring it. Some times it can be hard to find this technology in places like the far east. Good Luck, Do a search on line under Biofeedback or The David Pal System they do deliver.
Peace

Linda - posted on 01/29/2013

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You should check out the David PAL system of brainwave entrainment. It is completely drug free, just uses sound and light to synchronize their brain waves to a healing frequency. I also added my daughter's favorite music. It may take awhile for them to acclimate to it but it is clinically proven to also improve IQ. Best wishes and congratulations on keeping your child out of the self-perpetuating clutches of the pharmocology money machine.

Lucy - posted on 01/28/2013

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Hi Surbihi,
I love to hear stories like yours. I strongly believe that perservatives and food coloring is the worse diet for ADHD/children and adults. It complicates the situation for kids who struggle with hyperactive behavior.
Until this very day we have not given our son meds.
Peace

Surbhi - posted on 01/28/2013

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hi there i have tried no meds treatment with my child. He is just 9 now i know his problem for the last two years. Firstly i opted for the meds. but it made him sleep then i researched on the net n contacted his doctor, who told me to cut down chocolates n sugar n all the things that had preservatives in it as they will provide him extra energy. To my surprise after cutting all these things off from his diet completely n following a strict timetable at home foratleast 6 months his behaviour changed a lot n he started taking interest in things. For his extra energy as he was hyperactive i indulged him in sports which he did very nicely n won many prizes. His confidence got boosted up which help him as well as me in trying to deal with him. Till now i have not opted for any meds. n have got such a wonderful result that i am proud to be his mother. Have a try.......... All the BEST

Lucy - posted on 01/27/2013

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Dear Jean, I happy to hear about your progress with your daughter, keep in mind that their is a "Standard" in our educational and social world that requires us to perform a certain way during different stages of our lives. For a child they have MONUMENTAL STAGES OF GROWTH patterns, If you dont meet those status quo standards your some kind of miss-fit. Because I understand that part of our society I have alway been an advocate for him at school and at home. Adults specially more than children need to learn to work with him and not critize that part of him which he has no control over.

I want to guide him, support him and never critize him for who he is. Once we are all able to realize this important 'ACCEPTANCE " they will sense it and respond with inner confidence, joy and progress in life as stronge loving individuals. I believe in always seeking help but nothing like the help and love of the parent. My son has taught me to slow down, stop what ever it is that Im doing which may be very important to me at the time and listen to his desprate plea for attention or help. Im a better person because of him. ADHD can teach us all important life lessons
Peace

Jean - posted on 01/27/2013

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Lucy, is right as rain as far as I am concerned. I use neurofeedback playattention with my daughter and it is great and is working for her and our family. But it has also taught me to not to get down on myself and become frustrated. I have learned so much about her I never ever knew! She is already having sleep overs and is doing great in school. Yes, the mind does have the capacity to grow and expand, like I've said in the past, we just need the tools to help them grow. I realized this when I saw that she was behaving about 4-5 years younger then her true age and wanted to know why and how I could help her progress. I truly believe that it is not a disease or disorder that is contagious and that eventually the child does outgrow it if helped correctly. Our relationship is the closest it has ever been and I can't wait for the next adventure. Don't give up and don't give in!

Lucy - posted on 01/26/2013

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Dear Rhonda,
I can understand the concern and fustration when choosing whats best for our children specially when it comes to ADHD meds. which all do have side effects. Our son has ADHD and we choose not to give him medication since he is what I call a FUNCTIONING ADHD KID,
thank God. He has all the signs when it comes to not being focused, fidgets, distracted easily goes from one subject to another, but wants to do well over all so our new word at home and school is AWARENESS. My son is learning how to be aware of his behavior weather its fidgeting, talking, or spacing out. It helps when the adults around him steer him is the right direction.
Every child is different and no meds. means the parents need to work overtime with the child and teachers constantly. lots of consistency at home, special diets that are natural since perservatives and FOOD COLORING make ADHD symtoms worse (there are 100's of studys by Miyo clinic that prove this to be a fact). Again it all depends on the childs condition and the parents determination to find what works. In my sons case we also know that less is better, to much of anything for him creates confusion and issues. We avoid situations at home that cause him to over react and approach with gentle words and lots or reasurance.
Rhonda I hope this helps and like I said earlier Biofeedback is great.
Peace

Rhonda - posted on 01/25/2013

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Texas Tech has done studies on Spark. The claim 3 out if 4 kids did better with that than meds.

Rhonda - posted on 01/25/2013

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There is a supplement called Spark. Texas
Tech has done studies and found 3 out of 4

children did very well taking that over prescription meds. We are in first stages if trying to find a natural way for my 6 year old grandson. We shall see.

Lucy - posted on 01/22/2013

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Biofeedback would be worth looking into. It was recommended by a leading Ped. Doctor In Munich Germany who is also a great friend. Its a natural approach. Good luck I believe it can
make a huge difference. I think everyone should know about Biofeedback approach.
Peace

Gabrielle - posted on 01/22/2013

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I am re-posting this from another post. I think it will explain why I chose to finally give meds...Hope it helps. It really is such a personal journey:



Being raised in a holistic household myself and imparting that wisdom in my own childrearing, has made giving my son medication extremely hard. I do feel for you on so many levels. When our 10 year old son was diagnosed with ADHD and GAD when he was 7, I was so sad and confused on what to do. He couldn't keep friends, he was bright but was not able to focus in school and was disrupting his class. I took him to a myriad of alternative doctors ( homeopathy, holistic pediatricians and a holistic psychiatrist). We even took dairy and gluten out of his diet to see if that would help-recommended by his holistic psychiatrist. Unfortunately, my husband did not want to do the diet for the recommended duration so I can not say whether or not that might have worked in the end. When he finally looked at me with beautiful big eyes and said, "Mommy, why can't I control myself?" and he would cry because he was having trouble with friends. He had no trouble making friends but keeping them was very hard due to outburst of anger if they didn't play the way he wanted.
For me it came down to quality of life. I felt that now is the time for confidence building and learning. I don't want to take that away from him. So I conceded and we began the medical route. When I saw him keeping his friends, he is above average in math classes, is good at Tai Kwon do and snowboarding, I knew that would never happen without the medications.

I don't believe the diagnosis of Adhd is stagnant and will keep changing as we learn more but what I do know is there are many symptoms; depression, inability to focus, agression and lack of social skills. I didn't want my son's ADHD to create a scary, sad world for him. On a positive note, I have heard of children growing out of ADHD, so as long as you stay informed and keep checking in with is doctors and ask all the right questions, I feel everything will be okay. The main questions I ask psychiatrists are how long has this been on the market and what are the long range studies on children. The hormones in adolescents can alter everything so be very mindful when he gets older.

Good book:
http://www.katherineellison.com/

She isn't completely holistic but she did try many things and her journey is quite inspiring and enlightening.

Jean - posted on 01/21/2013

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Totally agree with Crystal, I did not like the results I saw using the medication that is why I switched up to the neurofeedback platform-playattention. My daughter also uses cod liver oil (the fish oil repeated on her). This is a great article that could help you. You will find the site very informative as well. http://www.playattention.com/omega-3-fat... This has totally worked for us and I hope the information will help you as well.

Jill - posted on 01/19/2013

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align life fish oils I have found to be the very best. I believe they have a website, and align life. com they are a chirorpractive clinic,and their fish oils are totally pure and the quality is totally amazing. I love them.

Jennifer - posted on 01/18/2013

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Do any of you mother's that have children with ADD or ADHD have any advice about the fish oil vitamens?

Natalia - posted on 01/18/2013

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Hi Crystal,

You should look at this as a positive factor, as most people diagnosed with ADHD are extremely creative and productive. School curriculums are designed to meet the fundamentals to prepare your child for the real word, however this would absolutely not reflect on your child's productivity in the work force or career path. Some people enjoy having ADHD as they see the world from a different perspective. Medication such as Dexamphemine/Adderall can cause further problems to your child, such as increased strength, insomnia, mood swings, irritability. I do apologise if I come across of being arrogant however my brother was 16 when he was diagnosed with ADD, and is more or else dependant on the meds. He is now 20 years of age, and his overall social habits has worsened, and experiences an increased lack of concentration without the meds. Perhaps you may want to engage him in drama classes, graphic designing, interior designing or other creative courses. More and more companies are focusing on training the brain to study the average schooling curriculums, which personally I think its all about memorising and forgetting once they qualify for university. Cheers, Adam

Kim - posted on 01/15/2013

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If the thought of medication for your child is disturbing, then obviously these things that you are pondering would be the first solution. I have an extremely active 7 year old boy (and a very exceptional 9 year old girl). Homeschooling has been their last education for the past 3 years or so, but my daughter did much better in preschool; my son was always in trouble. I think my son is definitely a candidate for ADHD drugs, but I am still trying to give him many, many outlets for his hyperactivity. For example, my daughter was reading when she was four, but he has a hard time with bedtime stories. He is involved in a sports and has opportunities at home to go crazy!! when my husband and I say it's "crazy time". This has really helped. He can now focus much better when he knows it's not "crazy time". A time and a place for little kid energy is so helpful. Also, at bed time, I like to steam milk with vanilla in the espresso maker for a "sleepy time drink", or make a double strength chamomile tea. The ritual lets him know its time to wind down. Followed by a book and a kiss, amazing things can happen! I'm serious!

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First, I opted to stay at home for all my children. I cook their meals, sit down and educate them and play with them. I was asked to medicate my older son so he would fit in at school. Now, if he is having an off day, I can change the lesson plan to hands-on experiments or artistic projects instead of just reading or work pages.
Second, I don't use prepacked, processed foods anymore. We have homemade bread, fresh fruit and veggies, meat from the local butcher and dairy from a local farm.
Third, we exercise together everyday. Children have loads of energy that needs to be released.
Fourth, bedtimes are non-negotiable. I also let them sleep until they wake up on their own (side benefit to home school).
Fifth, I play. Our relationship is so much stronger because I want to have fun with them. We play cards, tell stories, draw or play sports. And who doesn't love a tickle fight? We have our rough spots, but they are getting fewer and less frequent.
These work for me, but I have a great support group of other moms to help me when I am stumped or just worn out. Reach out, Mom needs to be cared for too!

Elizabeth - posted on 01/13/2013

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try removing all artifical coloring(like Kraft mac n cheese) sugary cerals.
I have my 8 yr old daughter on 2 natural meds: 1) Natural Calm..we found it at the Amish bulk store, you could probolly find it at a natural foods store and the other thing I have her on is called Added Attention.
I am personally not a fan of man made meds, especially with her being med sensative

Michelle - posted on 01/11/2013

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My son was on concerta for 3 years we were noticing him not sleeping not eating and not interacting with other kids.but he was focusing in school .he is 10 yrs old and the week of thanksgiving he stated he didn't like how the meds were making him feel so we took him off it.now he only took his pill in the morning to make it through school. He has always gotten good grades and loves school . Now a month with out the meds he is eating and sleeping but now we told his teacher we took him off the meds and now she is focusing on him and saying he's not focusing as much in school . I told her at home we use a timer for him to do his homework and to get it done and it works and maybe they should try it. My husband and I see what the meds did to our son and refuse to put him back on it we will do whatever it takes to help him get his focus back without meds. He is a kid and now is being one and we are parents that are gonna help him get back on track without meds.

Summer - posted on 01/10/2013

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What drives me crazy is the lack of knowledge of a regular diet and sleep can regulate a human being. Yes , if you dont feed your kids processed foods and keep them on a regular schedule they will thrive.. It's a strange concept i'm sure..

Cyberchic - posted on 01/10/2013

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As a parent of an add teen never been on meds, diagnosed in kindegarten. Sleep schedule is very imporant. They need to get enough sleep and follow a routine. Also she does sports and exersises regularly. She actually gets better grades when she is active. I give her fish oil nordic naturals pro epa extra, vitamin d 2000 iu, calcium 1200mg, multivitamin with iron. Following a routine, getting bags packed at night, melantonin 1-2mg at night if she has insomnia. allowing tv and internet after all homework and chores are done, following SOAR study skills methods have helped. Try to get buy in and give rewards for good behavior. She also has a 504 and i check in with teachers regularly. I am afraid of the meds and so is she. Too many side effects. If she couldnt function i would consider. She struggles more than kids without add. But weekly therapy and supportive home have helped. They have to learn to cope somehow...

Alishia - posted on 01/09/2013

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One of the things certain doctors(non prescription types) will tell you is that a lot of kids are diagnosed with add/adhd and they really dont have it. It has become an easy way to "fix" a kid with a problem that is more likely boredom. They think that drugging a kid is the easiest way b/c they get paid for it. Some solutions and they all vary by child and even adults is that they need to be involved in something that they are passionate about. This is not always as easy as it sounds b/c you might go through 30 activities before you find one that is right for your kid. Sometimes kids act out b/c they think they are not getting enough attention from a particular person or b/c they feel like they are not happy with their life. Other kids really just need parents to give them structure like a schedule, rules, and paying attention to their every day life. There are a lot of different scenarios that play a roll in this. A good place to start is to sit down with your kid and ask them questions like: What makes you not interested in this? What motivates you to want to do these things? What are you interested in? Make a list of all the things that are good and bad about their daily life and sort through what you can make changes to. Hope this begins to help you.

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