How to deal with your child's ADHD without medication
Exercise, meditation, and self-hypnosis can help
A survey published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in November 2010 shows that the number of ADHD cases among children aged 4 to 17 increased by 22% between 2003 and 2008, contributing to improved screening and to raise awareness of the disease. The study found that about two-thirds of children with ADHD take medication to relieve symptoms. Behavioral therapy is sometimes also used to treat ADHD.
In the United States, nearly 5.5 million children currently have ADHD. This corresponds to an increase of around 1 million in recent years. The results of the survey, which included 73,000 children, were published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Another recent government study found that nearly one in ten American children is currently diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Another study found that parent-reported ADHD diagnoses in children ages 4 to 17 rose from 7.8% in 2003 to 9.5% in 2007.
These figures come from the National Child Health Survey, a telephone survey conducted in 2003 and 2007.
The parents reported that ADHD cases increased significantly in almost 12 states, ranging from 31.7% to 67.1%, the study said.
These are pretty shocking statistics. Parents, health professionals and teachers are understandably very concerned about the spread of this disorder.
Some children who suffer from this disorder need medication. Others can be treated through behavioral therapy and the use of appropriate teaching and upbringing methods. Some teenagers need both. It should be noted that some children diagnosed with ADHD have other mental illnesses such as depression, oppositional defiant disorders, and bipolar disorders. And some children have ADHD associated with another psychiatric illness.
Others have behavioral problems that can be improved if they are dealt with more effectively at home and at school. In my practice, there were a number of children taking ADHD medication who were able to stop taking the medication if their parents managed it more effectively.
Exercise can help sometimes
Some children with ADHD and ADHD-like symptoms can benefit from participating in sports. Exercise can become an outlet for your energy and help to increase your self-esteem. One of my patients became another child after discovering his love for football.
Some children with ADHD feel more comfortable in individual sports and perform better than in team sports. One of my ADHD patients behaved very well in long-distance races. He loved training and enjoyed spending his energy running.
Another of my patients found that a combination of basketball and swimming and changing diets helped him alleviate many of the symptoms of his ADHD.
Meditation and self-hypnosis can be helpful
Some young people with ADHD can benefit from learning some basic techniques to promote relaxation, focus, and a sense of inner control and peace. These methods are simple and usually have no side effects. Once a child with ADHD learns to calm down, relax, and concentrate for even a short time, they can begin to feel more controlled, confident, and confident.
Sometimes parents and stressed children practice this type of exercise together.
ADHD - Discovery of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) was once thought to be a disorder almost exclusively experienced by young men. Today we know that this once undeniable assumption is wrong, especially when it comes to the inattentive nature of the disease.
Yes, it is true that there are a lot more hyperactive boys driving their parents and classmates crazy, but when it comes to inattentiveness, the numbers between boys and girls seem to be roughly evenly distributed.
The first years formed a solid basis for future success
I recently read an article that categorically proclaims that adult ADHD is much more serious. The argument raised many good points, some of which you will discover below, but in my view, it was the school years that paved the way for success or failure.
There was a recent study that school dropout rates are an incredible 35% in a number of large US communities and even higher in a select few. You would have to wonder how many of these children struggle with the main symptoms of ADHD, namely inattention, impulsiveness, hyperactivity and unpredictable behavior that ultimately leads to low self-esteem, depression and frustration. Loss of motivation and ultimately abandonment. and their training.
Even the most passionate supporters of the outsider's prerequisite for success should believe that the path ahead of us is not that rosy for this group of early school leavers. The chances of realizing the American dream are almost zero.
But what happens when a child copes with ADS at school? How many can achieve this coveted high school diploma and start a successful professional career?
* Only 12% of people with ADHD receive a bachelor's degree. * Only 4% will build and maintain a career
Imagine that ADHD is more serious in adults
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a problem of self-regulation that can lead to careless, impulsive behavior. This type of behavior can cause you to leave your job without thinking about the consequences, problems with the law, and drug or alcohol addiction.
In addition, ADHD adults may not be able to manage their time effectively. This can lead to foreseeable delays in appointments, social events and meetings. Attributes that all seem pretty bad on an application.
The inattentive portion of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity can cause important work-related projects to not be completed, focus to be lost during important meetings, and details of their last mission can no longer be saved.
What's the worst?
Untreated and unbridled ADHD creates a variety of life challenges, whether you are 2 or 82 years old. In my view, ADHD is only worse in childhood because it prevents people from acquiring the tools they need for later success in life. I understand for those who insist that adult ADHD is worse, but it seems to me that they put the cart in front of the horse in the hope that the horse will eventually understand everything by itself.
And then what? Regardless of your age or life situation, finding an effective treatment option is an important first step in overcoming the disorder. The most common forms of treatment are prescription stimulants like Ritalin, Adderall and non-stimulant drugs like Intuniv or Strattera. While all stimulants are effective, they contain a number of serious warnings.
The risk of side effects or possibly unsuccessful success (30% of cases) has prompted many to consider non-prescription options. Some examples of this are behavior modification therapy and / or natural remedies. Natural remedies for ADHD are a side effect-free method of treating problem symptoms such as inattention, distractibility, impulsiveness, unpredictable behavior and hyperactivity and can be used both as a stand-alone treatment and as a supplement to other non-prescription alternatives. They have also been shown to bring long-term benefits in about half the time.