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Shannon - posted on 02/09/2011 ( 35 moms have responded )

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Is there anybody here who's child is dignosed ADHD and isn't on meds? Just curious.

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Yaumara - posted on 02/16/2011

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Yes, my son was diagnosed when he was 6 and is now 12 1/2 and has never been in meds. We did try it for a few months at the beginning but I didn't like that he had a huge loss of appetite and acted like a "zombie" very unlike my son. Instead we worked with his pediatrician and have controlled with ADHD issues with behavioral treatment & vitamins. The school is also a huge support and he is does wonderfully!

Jennifer - posted on 02/16/2011

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My son is 5 and not on meds. We just personally didn't feel right putting such a young child on medication (he was 3 1/2 when he was diagnosed) But we do have him on homeopathic supplements. We have seen a major improvement in his behaviour, emotions and focus and his teachers have noticed as well. We of course cut out anything with red dye etc. (I even take out the pink smarties just in case! lol) The homeopathic supplements are all natural so it does not interfere with any thing else. He can even still take them if he is on antibiotics. We thought we would have a fight with him to take it but he's been fantastic! We have him on PureCalm, Focus Formula and BrightSpark from a website called Native Remedies. I applaud you for not jumping on the med band wagon!
I'm not sure where abouts you live but I live in Niagara Falls Canada and we actually have a monthly group called H.O.P.E (Helping Others Parent Effectively) and it is strictly a support group for parents with young children who have ADD/ADHD etc. It is put on by the region. It's nice to be able to get together once a month with parents who understand and are going through the same things. It can be frustrating at times for everyone. Hopefully you can find something like that in your area too. Good luck!

Becky - posted on 02/21/2011

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Shannon, My daughter has been on meds in the past. Just a year ago I took her off of them for the summer to she how she would do. She is doing good in school (As and Bs) but at home she is a bit mouthy. She doesn't like to do many chores. She is 14 and at this age she is learning to control some of her symptoms but still gets talky in class some times. I am not sure that taking her off the meds before now would have had the same effect. SHe needed the control and ability to concentrate when she was too young to understand what was happening indie her head. We had tried all of the meds on the market and they all seemed to have side effects of appetite suppression. Jessica is a very tall thin girl and it was becoming a problem with malnutrition. Finally we found a topical ritalin patch that did not effect her appetite but controlled the other symptoms of ADHD. She thrived on it. It is called Adderol XR. It is a 9 hour patch that you place usually on the hip. It takes about 30 min to kick in and lasts 9 hours. you remove the patch after home work and within an hour the medication is out of their system. I know whether or not to medicate is a HUGE question for a mom but for me, it was whether or not to allow her to reach her full potential without being pegged a behavior disorder in school. We have talked about her taking it again when she had really stressful weeks at school, she still struggles but we just work together as a family to help keep organized. I hope this helps....

April - posted on 02/17/2011

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My 9 year old is not on and never will be put on meds. He has done wonderful with herbal supplements from natures sunshine (focus attention and Super Omega).. Diet changes helped a bunch too

Stephani - posted on 02/16/2011

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My son has ADHD, SPD and other diagnoses as well. He is 10 and has never been on meds. We have used behavior management and diet/nutritional approaches to help him. Diet has always been a big factor and we saw dramatic improvements after taking the steps to improve the way we eat. I now help other parents who want to know more about how to use dietary changes to improve ADHD symptoms. Feel free to read my whole story on my site. I've also got a free report with the steps I take parents through to achieve success with diet and ADHD. Let me know if it helps. :)

Stephani
http://www.nourishingjourney.com

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Mary - posted on 03/26/2011

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My oldest daughter is 7 she was diagnosed last year, i refuse to put her on medication, the school has helped tremendously and at home involving her in cooking and going on a bike ride each afternoon has helped her more

Mary - posted on 03/26/2011

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My oldest daughter is 7 she was diagnosed last year, i refuse to put her on medication, the school has helped tremendously and at home involving her in cooking and going on a bike ride each afternoon has helped her more

Lorrie - posted on 03/26/2011

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My son, is 6 we have been giving him brightspark with focolin for a couple of months now and everything has been great up until Monday has Anyones kids gotten sick from brightspark at all throwing abnomnal pain???

April - posted on 03/24/2011

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Jennifer.. I too have issues focusing at work and the with the amount of time I waste (such as now), but I suggest researching the side effects short and long term of add meds (not just taking the dr's word as gold) its truly what sold me on not medicating my family. Oh and I too am far from structured at home as well ;) but I firmly believe that if say Einstein were focused and structured he would have lost his creative genius side.. just a thought

Jennifer - posted on 03/23/2011

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My son is now 20 and was diagnosed with inattentive type ADD in late elementary school. I chose not to put him on any medication. I was also diagnosed with both inattentive and hyperactive ADD as an adult. That's one of the reasons I recognized it in my son. Looking back at the all-evening struggles to get him to complete his homework, I seriously wonder if I made the right choice. I wonder if his self esteem would be higher if he felt more successful in school. He has well above-average IQ but is not going to college/university because in his current state he would not be successful.
As an ADD mother I was also not as effective at providing him with the same amount of structure and routine as a non-ADD mom. I suppose he did get to learn my by-the-seat-of-my-pants coping skills! lol
I am currently contemplating trying medication for the first time myself. I am the stereotypical ADD genius-level IQ under-achiever with anxiety. I look at all the time I am wasting at work and what I am able to accomplish during those periods when my focus slides into place and I wonder what I could do with longer periods of focus. I just worry the meds with turn me into an emotional wreck when I am coming down.
I just wanted to provide my perspective.

Loren - posted on 03/09/2011

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All 3 of my children including myself have ADHD and none of us are medicated for it; however, I have tried meds in the past but my children refused to take them. When I was prescribed the same medication I finally understood why the kids gave me so much grief. A few months ago I was with my sister and noticed her young son (4yrs old) was doing so well and asked if she had decided to medicate him. She told me that she found a natural product that was making the world of difference. This past Sunday I bit the bullet and decided to try my youngest (12) on the products and was pleasantly surprised to have noticed that in less then a week I was seeing results. She's become less aggressive, is sleeping better, is less argumentative with her older siblings, and is generally easier to get along with. I'm looking forward to seeing the results after a few more weeks. I can honestly say it's been money well spent. I can give you the website address if anyone is interested in getting information. The woman has some interesting information on her site.

Kris - posted on 02/24/2011

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I have my family on the Feingold diet. Basically, nothing artificial. Big difference for my little guy! That darn red coloring is the worst!!!

Teresa - posted on 02/23/2011

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My son was diagnosed with ADHA at the age of 5. He was on Adderall until he was 8 then I took him off of it because I didn't like the side affects. He is 16 now and is having trouble staying focused in school. He just told me yesterday that he wants meds again because he has to make himself pay attention in class. I called the doctor and he is on vacation this week so I will be getting a phone call next week I hope.

April - posted on 02/21/2011

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I also read a lot of "conspiracy" material that seemed crazy at first but the more I read on pharmacy industry I found out that my child's health is just their financial gain. Every pro med website I found had funding linked by pharmacutical companies and Dr's are just as bad :(

Becky - posted on 02/21/2011

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Also an IEP plan helps at school. All kids have different strebghths and deficientcies with ADHD and if the school is on the board with you as far as what you need to make your child thrive the better. It allows for some accountability at school when you can't be there. Jessica's IEP allows for more time during testing if needed and extra books to be sent home in case she forgets them at school. This book thing has come in handy more times than I can count.

Shannon - posted on 02/20/2011

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Hi Shannon,
My son is not on meds for his ADHD. We tried a couple when he was 4, but hated the side-effects (severe depression). Eventually (at age 6) we were told about trying a gluten-free and organic diet (no additives, colors,etc). That was our first huge step towards success! He has been gluten-free for 4 yrs now, and even he agrees life is easier when he follows it. We also had him see an OT who specialized in social behaviors for kids, and then also a nutritionist who has had him try several different all-natural supplements, including fish oil. We also enrolled him in a Montessori school, as there is more freedom for the child in the classroom, as well as older children within the classroom for them to watch and learn from (socially). The past year we have seen the most tremendous changes. I know it is a hard, sometimes heartbreaking, journey. I can tell you that we are all soo very, very happy with the changes we have seen using natural remedies, a healthy diet change, and fish oil. I wish you the best of luck!!

Sara - posted on 02/18/2011

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Do you have a Hope Group in your area ? The best person to ask if possible would be the Learning Resourse Teacher as she /he should now how your child is doing over all in school my childs learning resource teacher gave me tons of info. I had to ask her first but you are right there is so much info out there and some of it is just crap. Stick with who knows your child ask the doctor too he/sh sould be able to provide or direct you as well.

Sara - posted on 02/18/2011

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My son has been diagnosed with mild CAP talked with the learning resource teacher yesterday and they will help him out more in the class, so on he is also finally geting an IEP plan in place.. again we decided to keep Joe off of his ADD meds since there was an improvement in his school work he also seems more alert happier , for the most part able to focus better.

Anastasia - posted on 02/17/2011

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I agree with so much of what u say. I want to educate myself as much as possible.. She is the fifth of five and her symptoms are ruining her relationships with her siblings. Iplease give me names of reading materials that gave u your best informaton. Thank you. I am lost and don't want to lose anymore time. I had her on 30 mg of vyvanse but she said it made her feel down. I now am trying 20 but has very little effect if any at all.

Deonica - posted on 02/17/2011

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yes I recently stopped my son's med's, when I started homeschooling. There are just too many side affects with the different med's. But he seems too do pretty good without them just a little hyper, he is 7

Loren - posted on 02/16/2011

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Folks, I am no expert on the subject of ADHD but I DO have much experience with my own diagnosis as a child along with my children and several children of both my siblings and friends. The one thing I would like to caution you about getting your children diagnosed is to be very, very diligent in asking every possible question of the doctor you can and then ask some more. Ask your diagnosing doctor to also send you for a second opinion as there are far too many doctors placing this label on children today and not because there is more research on the topic but because there are more medications that are being produced. Inform yourselves on the disorder and on the treatments that are available both naturally and pharmaceutically. Chiropractics I have found also make a HUGE difference in how my children behaved both at home and in school. Furthermore, many of the children today that have been diagnosed with ADHD I believe have been misdiagnosed because there are many other things that cause children to exhibit similar symptomatology to that of ADHD. I am not telling you what to do or not to do with regard to your children and the treatment just requesting strongly that you educate yourself as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision in the best interest of your child and not because a doctor or teacher told you it was the only way.

Loren - posted on 02/16/2011

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Jacinda, If I may make a few suggestions? There are many available alternatives to pharmaceuticals such as a supplement called 5-HTP. There is also a book that was written by the doctor that developed this particular formulation. He actually took it himself to determine dosage and effects for a wide variety of issues. I read the book and found it quite interesting as this product also helped me with sleep and pain.

Also, what has worked for my children is regulating their diets. There are a number of preservatives that I found affected them negatively including certain dyes that are added to foods. Sugar is another additive that I kept them from; however, I did allow it about once a week and only on a Saturday so the effects would not interfere with school.

Another thing is to increase the child's intake of proteins. Children with ADHD have been found to burn more protein then the average child. Also it has been found that many are hypoglycemic which if you are not familiar requires that the person eat regular snacks throughout the day. With my children I found that having them eat smaller meals throughout the day helped them feel full longer and it also helped to stabilize their behavior. Behavior modification was used also and much, much, much patience, love and a break from the kids every now and then doesn't hurt lol.
If you have only one child count yourself blessed....I had 3 that were diagnosed and I myself was a child with it so in the beginning it was the blind leading the blind. :0) Hope this was helpful. I've done much reading and have taken may workshops on the subject as I did a paper on the disorder while in college. If there is any help I can offer simply ask and I'll do my best.

Loren - posted on 02/16/2011

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Yes I have an 11 year old daughter soon to be 12 that was diagnosed with the disorder but is no longer on meds as she didn't like how she felt on them. She has been unmedicated since June of last year.

Jane - posted on 02/16/2011

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Another thing I had forgotten to mention: many kids who seem to be ADD actually turn out to have a sleep disturbance of some sort. You should get your child evaluated for this, especially if he snores, sleep walks or doesn't seem to ever get enough sleep. I know of one child who had too long a soft palate so he had sleep apnea. A minor surgery fixed it and his ADD symptoms vanished.

Anastasia - posted on 02/16/2011

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I have my 12 year old on vyvanse but only 20mg. I would love to use homeopathic supplements. Please tell me how you heard of this website and what the positive effects have been. Thank you, Anastasia

Judith - posted on 02/16/2011

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Yes my daughter is 13 now and hasn't been on meds for years. She just wouldn't take them and I got sick of fightening with her to take them.

Liesha - posted on 02/16/2011

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My son was 5 when we knew he had ADHD. First, we made sure that we felt the diagnosis was accurate, as many pediatricians jump too quick to diagnose ADHD. We tried some herbal and homeopathic remedies with little success. We finally decided to try meds and it has been trial and error to find the right one. For us, the ADHD was damaging relationships with family and friends and he was getting behind in school. We felt like it was time. He was 8 1/2 when we started. We are finally on the right track. Good luck!

Jane - posted on 02/16/2011

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My daughter, now 18, has had ADD all her life, but she has developed a number of coping methods and is only now having problems focusing on her work at college. She may try Ritalin for times when she needs to focus.

My son, OTOH, is on a variety of meds, including Metadate for ADHD, because without them he hallucinates and becomes violent (and a risk to himself and others).

I had a co-worker who was severely ADHD but never on meds. She coped by making lists that broke down her daily tasks into 15 minutes chunks. She would them skip through the list doing the various chunks until the list was all crossed off. As a result she got more work done during an 8 hour shift than anyone else. However, she could never sleep well at night.

My nephew was on meds when he was younger but no longer takes any meds at all. He is happy, but he changes jobs monthly - he is a waiter in a moderately large city so he can always get hired somewhere else. He also is unable to raise his daughter so my brother is doing that for him, and at the age of 30 still has to rent apartments with roommates because he doesn't make or save enough for his own living quarters. He is happy but has certainly not achieved what his IQ indicated he should have.

I also know several military helicopter pilots who are diagnosed as ADD but who do not take meds. They function well in the Navy by volunteering for all the jobs no one else wants to do. As a result their superiors cut them quite a bit of slack when their ADD interferes with things. Folks with ADD are often very gifted with video games, X games-type sports, and piloting simply because they are able to switch focus very frequently and can be hyperfocused on something they have an interest in.

My point is this: if properly motivated ADD/ADHD children can develop behavioral tools that will allow them to function successfully in certain careers. However, unless or until a child has that motivation meds can be an appropriate tool to help them develop such behaviors. Thus, meds are a valuable item in a parent's arsenal, although not a complete answer by themselves.

In addition, if you have given your child Ritalin and have NOT seen a night and day difference in his/her ability to focus, sit still, and otherwise do well at school, then your child does not have ADD/ADHD, and you need to look elsewhere for the cause of the problem.

Each child is an individual case and there is no "one size fits all" solution.

Kristin - posted on 02/16/2011

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My daughter, 7, had a rather mild case of ADD, and she is not currently on meds, although we think eventually she will need to be.

Sara - posted on 02/15/2011

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The school called yesterday and they have decided that my son is better not on meds lots of improvment even though he still is somewhat distracted he still focases better with out them. Because he has other needs they are going to work with him more to prepare him for the grade three test. We are hoping that the CAP resolts come in today.

Jacinda - posted on 02/14/2011

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my son is not on meds anymore. He was on concerta for a long time, but i hated it, he crashed hard when it started to wear off. It is very hard for him to focus in school and i don't know what to do.

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