Deciding on an effective attention deficit disorder treatment is important for your child's health and your peace of mind. Doctors are quick to prescribe drugs and parents need to know that medications are not always the best choice. In this article, you'll learn more about the treatment options available, so you can make the best possible decision for your child.
Treating Attention Deficit Disorder
Although stimulant drugs are the most commonly prescribed medications for ADHD, they can have worrisome side effects that some children cannot tolerate. Common side effects include agitation, sleeplessness, loss of appetite and more. While these side effects may not seem serious, if you have a child who is agitated anyway, giving him ADHD drugs that make him even more agitated will worsen his behavior. Also the fact that these drugs can cause your child to lose his appetite and sleep at night means that they are probably affecting your child's growth and development.
While other drugs like Concerta and Strattera are supposed to be safer than drugs like Ritalin, they have the same long list of side effects, including some that even more dangerous like psychosis and suicidal ideation. So while your doctor may try to assure you that giving drugs is the norm, parents need to make sure they do their research before blindly following doctor's orders.
Attention Deficit Disorder Treatment Alternatives
There are two important treatment options that offer effective alternatives to drugs. One is behavioral therapy which will teach your child how to focus, how to soothe himself when agitated and how to curb his impulses. This is an excellent alternative because it teaches your child skills that he will continue to use throughout his life.
Another important way of treating attention deficit disorder is to use natural remedies. Natural remedies have been proven to be just as effective as drugs at suppressing symptoms. In actuality, natural remedies are more effective than drugs because they heal the issues that give rise to ADHD and restore proper brain function with continued use over time. This is a fundamental distinction: natural remedies heal, while drugs do not.
Better still, natural remedies have no side effects. Since they are completely natural, they do not interact with drugs, which means your child can take them while you are weaning him off medication.
So there you have it: two methods of attention deficit disorder treatment that have been proven to be highly effective and have no dangerous short-term or long-term side effects. To those who come to me looking for an alternative means of treating ADHD, I recommend focusing ADHD, an effective behavioral program, along with a daily natural supplement. This two-pronged approach to treating attention deficit disorder has helped thousands of children get back on track and excel at school and at home.
Of course, before giving your child a supplement, be sure to do your research because some natural remedies are better than others. If you give your child natural medicine, you want to make sure to find the most effective formulation available.