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Name: Leanne
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I am trying alternative therapies for my son who has ADHD. We put him on prescribed medicines for a while, but he got very depressed and seemed almost dead to the world. Has anyone had any success with alternative treatments?
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Name: bf | Date: Jun 28th, 2005 8:55 PM
I've heard that iron and multivitamins can really help the body to focus in a more natural way. 

Name: nemrac | Date: Jul 26th, 2005 11:48 PM
First, if your son exhibited those symptoms, he's either on the wrong meds or the wrong dose. We tried 3 meds before finding one that works for my son. I was also told that a good psychiatrist should be able to look at your son's symptoms and determine what meds might work best for your child. Too much of what doctors "know" about meds, they learn from the drug reps.

Second, there are a lot of natural alternatives to try. I'd start with diet and supplements. There's a diet called the Feingold diet. We started with that and have eliminated food items (mostly additives) that affect my son. We've also started supplements - I wouldn't send him to school without his DHA. Others take EFA or flax seed oil. These kids are also known to have deficiencies in magnesium, zinc, iron, and several more. It's really a big puzzle to determine what's affecting your child.

Additionally, I believe that many of the processed foods we eat affect these kids. "Artificial flavor" can be anything. High-fructose corn syrup is bad for us, and it's in everything. We've cut out all artifical food color, highly limit corn syrup and somewhat limit the artificial flavorings. These are the things that affect my son. Others find that healthy foods, even a specific food, high in salicylates (i.e. apples or other fruits and spices) affect them. I'm also always trying to get protein in him. People who can't process sugars and carbs (many of these kids might not), benefit from eating protein throughout the day. 

Name: saamie | Date: Aug 16th, 2005 1:39 AM
first, go organic, give good fats and a good multivitamin and increase protein and decrease preservatives and sugar
my small 6 yo son takes only 10 mg of adderall once a day and it helps tremendously!! try 2 weeks of the strawberry flavored fish oild (natural factors) and the kids will chew it, we are trying the adderall for summer but i believe in my heart that there are hidden allergies that cause adhd and missing nutrients..
mostly good fats!!! 

Name: Laura Pena | Date: Aug 24th, 2005 3:03 AM
I have had a great turn around once my son's psychiatrist started him on Risperdol and Imipramine. 

Name: boogie | Date: Sep 1st, 2005 9:30 AM
Get rid of the meds! These kids need pure parent disipline. List, list, list! Keeping them on task is the idea and focus.Buy them and appointment book and pre write everything. Get up, brush teeth, dress, school, homework, and definataly give them chores! They have to live by the book and you will check it each end of the day. If they do not do all required then add a penalty, like a chest the you place their favorite thing in and they have to earn them back. I do it and it works. email me [email protected] 

Name: Terri | Date: Sep 2nd, 2005 3:42 PM
Just a note to everyone. I have a son that has been labeled with ADD and after unsuccessful bouts with meds I turned to the PNP Center in Lewisville TX. The founder of the center is Dr. Lawlis whom is also the advisor used frequently on the Dr. Phil show. He along with Dr. Peavey run this small center in Lewisville TX. I recently took my son for evaluation and even though I have not yet recieved my final reports I have more infomation on my son than I have ever had. He saw 6 specialist while we were there and I can't give enough praises regarding there expertise. I now have a team on my sons side. I encourage all of you to at least give them a call and inquire about their services. I have no affiliation with this group other than the work they have done with my son.
My hat is off to all of you continuing to search for answers for your children. 

Name: Susan | Date: Oct 20th, 2005 2:39 AM
I have an 8 year old son, who has been diagnosied with ADHD since he was 5. I have tried meds a couple of time but they either have tremendous side affects like not eating or sleeping or they wear off by the end of school. What alternative treatments would you suggest. I really don't want to teach him to pop a pill now then tell him not to do drugs when he is older. 

Name: [email protected] | Date: Jan 26th, 2006 4:47 AM
Try Dore Achievement Center. My 10 year old daughter has been on Concerta for 5 years and I had the same experience. We are off the meds! I really have to work with her skills but at least I am not masking her problems without giving her coping skills, We are also trying acupuncture and vit. DHEA etc. GOOD LUCK! 

Name: Markey | Date: Feb 6th, 2006 1:32 AM
My son has done well on the Feingold diet. See the web site: www.feingold.org and http://health.groups.yahoo.com/gro

Name: Susan | Date: Feb 12th, 2006 7:01 PM
I just took my daughter off of the meds. She is 6, and we tried Concerta and Focalin. One was worse than the other. She became hostile, angry and a totally different child on the Focalin. WIth Concerta she was sullen and depressed at the end of each day. I am going back to Attend and Fish Oils. Has anyone tried Listol? 

Name: deb | Date: Feb 13th, 2006 12:51 AM
Neurofeedback can help some kids. It can help them either get off of meds or be able to take less. 

Name: kendyll | Date: Feb 13th, 2006 10:59 AM
i take ritalin! 

Name: Carrie | Date: Feb 13th, 2006 12:48 PM
I'm a Senior Citizen. I had a son who was slightly hyper. I put him on the Feingold Program and I highly recommend it. Join the Feingold Organization and get their instructions. I found your site by Googling "Feingold diet" and going through about 5 pages of results. A very good article can be found at: http://www.mindwriting.com/C
were several others that were worth reading. I was researching for my grandson. Why give a child (or adult) foods that are bad for him and then feed him more chemicals to try to counteract them? Eliminate the cause! Go on the diet 100% to get results. You may have to learn to cook! It seems that mothers nowadays have not been taught to cook! Good luck! 

Name: AJ | Date: Feb 15th, 2006 6:06 PM
my son has severe adhd and he was 2 much hypo implusive and destructive tantrums i was so depressed tearing my hair out he is 7years old is on concerta XL 36mg he is much calmer now still a little lively but he is much better also he has omega 3 fish oil he has a dietrition cos he weight fluates becos of his tablets. this is probably what other people saying to you but i hope it helps you . 

Name: sheila | Date: Oct 5th, 2007 1:24 AM
I just found out today my daughter has adhd and the doctor put her on focalin xr. Does anyone have any feed back? 

Name: Iem | Date: Oct 14th, 2007 6:06 PM
I have a 6 yrs and 10 month old very social and loving Son. He got a focusing problem and thus is attending a special class. Different doctors have checked his for the past 3 years and have not requested any medication for him.

In the past two month, a SPECIALIST RECOMMENDED we give our son a 5 mg dossage per day of foculim. We have not started the medication yet is there anyone that have tried it and information you can suggest. 

Name: sadie 1 | Date: Oct 17th, 2007 8:04 PM
I am really frightened that what happened to your little boy happens to mine.My son has had learning difficulties from an early age.He has been diagnosed with ADHD ,ADD ,DYSPRAXIA,DYSLEXIA ,possibly AUTISM.He is due to start ritalin in the next few days.I am really nervous.I have been assured that ritalin does not get handed out to anyone who doesnt need it.DO YOU AGREE? 

Name: mia | Date: Feb 16th, 2009 9:43 PM
my friends little has adhd and he has been treated at the scotson techquie in east grinstead .he is calmer and sleeps better and not as wide now . have a look at www.advancecentre.com . good luck 

Name: Serafina | Date: Feb 17th, 2009 3:12 AM
Hi Leanne--
My son also has ADHD. I take him to the NYU Child Study, he is participating in a research/study program to help adhd kids with their organizational/study skills. they are interviewing parents right now. we are about to finish the process and it's for FREE! they even give a $332.00 stipend. you will learn how to help your son organize himself for school through a point system, the more points he earns the more rewards. it's behavior modification. google the nyu child study center, nyc and look up research, you find it, then call and speak to robyn. i've also begun giving my son omega3 every a.m. and multi vitamin, they must be the kind that absorb easily. check out 3 steps/adhd online.... they have a good manual that is helpful. where are you located.
best to you and good luck, god knows we need it! serafina 

Name: April Logan | Date: Feb 25th, 2010 4:11 AM
I have two boys with a lot of energy and one has been diagnosed with ADHD for almost a year now. I have given my son diagnosed Focalin which we are coming off of soon with a DO help. A pediatrician that prescribes both meds and natural supplements, is a DO. Look for that pediatrician to help you. I start with their doctor next week. I have been told by a lady that has been giving her children supplements for autism and other behavioral things that she loves vitacost.com. I went there and got the kids fish oil, the purest form of it without the added stuff not good for you. I also got them some Nortic DHA. ADHD children and adults need omega 3, phosotheserine(cant spell), fish oil and many others. I would suggest you looking up what a child needs and check it with a doctor. 

Name: jamie | Date: Mar 5th, 2010 5:00 PM
hi, I am a mom of 2. My oldest, who is almost 7, just got diagnosed with ADHD. She is struggling in school and they are talking about holding her back. I of course will not allow this. I got her glasses cause #1 she needed them but #2 I thought maybe she could not see the board. She did in fact need them but still is struggling in the 1st grade. The teachers say that she has the hardest time sitting still in class and she does not complete work. That her mind is somewhere else. She is quick to give up & be very over dramatic. She is learning but not keeping up with the other children. She is smart, first off. All her teachers agree. The doctor said that since she is learning, it is up to me and her dad if we want to proceed with medication. A lot of forums say "DONT USE MEDS" But we already eat organic food. The holistic diet for adhd is kind of already in place. Her dad was on dexedrine coupled with another drug throughout his childhood for his adhd. He was miserable and got really skinny. I DO NOT WANT MY CHILD TO BE A DIFFERENT PERSON... but I also dont want her to hate school like she does now and be discouraged her entire academic career. I am frustrated because it is my choice. I have no idea what to do. I have read and read and read some more and I guess personal experiences might help. Any info is so much appreciated. 

Name: summer | Date: Apr 29th, 2010 1:47 PM
I have a son who has been diagnosed with ADHD since he was 7. Now he is 10 and half years old. I really don't know how to handle his behavior...please help 

Name: RAZZA | Date: Jun 16th, 2010 6:22 PM

Name: Mab | Date: Jun 18th, 2010 4:31 PM
My son is now off to college. He was diagnosed in kindergarden with ADHD and started medications in first grade. It was a difficult choice but one I do not regret. He is very smart but could not stay focused, or be organized and he was so wild and impulsive that I am sure that he would have been in trouble all of his years of school and never would he have been able to complete assignments or do well in school. Instead he was in the top of his class, one of the top 5% in the country academically and leaving for a very prestegious University.
Of course it was not easy, we tried many different meds and had to change dosages as he grew, and the meds have side effects. He is sometimes depressed and is much happier when off of them. But he grew up NOT in trouble and believing that he was smart and capable. That would not have happened without the meds.
Yes it was hard, because the meds did not solve his organizational problems and his loosing things and he did become down often. But he does have a disorder and I had to accept that he is not like every one else and does need help.
He also struggles with that every day, but he also recognizes that he needs the medication to participate in school. 

Name: leanne | Date: Jul 4th, 2010 3:28 AM
BOOGIE....sorry i disagree
my son tries so hard to please and be a good boy but some time fulls off track ...he gets so upset for being told off (sometimes this is enough punishmet).... their is strong parent disapline in our home but not forgetting my son is just a child and i dont want him to lose that sense... but he is a child and its not his fault he has to suffer with this ADHD..do u really belive we have to make their lives milatary ...i think not ....i say lots of praise reassurance.. and good food... yes we have our bad days but aint that part of parent hood ... yes i believe that if my son wants something he has to earn it by being good....but if he earnt something for good behaviour what gives me right to take it away ...talking about it and time out work 100% better i feel....but then thats my child we all have different parenting skills 

Name: linda 29 | Date: Jul 20th, 2010 6:16 PM
Ik weet sinds kort dat ik een adhd-er ben. 

Name: kjmom | Date: Jul 20th, 2010 11:12 PM
My son does take omega 3 but now I am concerned because of the high mercury level in the fish they get the oil from. He had to have chelation therapy about 3 years ago because of the mercury level in his system. That was prior to beginning the omega 3. Any thoughts? 

Name: kjmom | Date: Jul 20th, 2010 11:15 PM
Does anyone out there treat with only herbal supplements and vit/min? I am curious what you use and how you see it make a difference? 

Name: g | Date: Sep 11th, 2010 2:33 PM

Name: Leelee | Date: Jan 19th, 2012 5:55 PM
Hello everyone! Im new! 

Name: leelee | Date: Jan 19th, 2012 5:56 PM
I've know for a while that my son has some form of ADHD, but been in denile about it. Yesterday I finaly took him for his pre-screening with a therapist. 

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