Navigation Links
Alternative therapies for ADHD

Children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) cannot sit calmly at one place, pipe down or follow instructions.// Though mental health professionals and parents are familiar with the symptoms, the treatment of this disorder is still a controversial topic.

The FDA has given instructions that ADHD medication such as Ritalin, Dexedrine and Adderall XR should put up warnings about the possible side effects like heart problems, aggression, and even mania, due to the presence of the stimulant methylphenidate in these medicines. This has made some parents, mental health professionals and occupational therapists to look out for alternative treatments.

Can children with ADHD be brought to normalcy without the medications? ADHD came into the psychological dictionary in the early 1980s in spite of being identified as early as the 1900s and is related to the Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Around 3-5% of kids are affected by this disorder, mainly boys. It can affect kids even at the age of 2. The disorder becomes obvious when the kids are unable to concentrate and have a tendency to become inattentive and impulsive. 2.5 million kids take medication for ADHD.

Alternative therapies like using tools like weighted vests and blankets, harnessing children to biofeedback machines, treating kids for imbalances of the inner ear and yeast infections -- even hanging youngsters upside down on the monkey bars and encouraging them to chew gum to burn off energy, have been tried by parents for years.

Diet alterations and herbal remedies are recommended by Lowell psychologist Stephen Fisher for those who don’t want to go for ADHD medications. "Specifically, getting high fructose corn syrup out of the diet, caffeine out of the diet, and if you want to go a little further, taking flour and sugar out," said Fisher, who, while a proponent of drug therapy, worries about side effects. "We're not talking a huge sample, but I've got ten positive results with people. And while that's generally not going to take care of all of the problems, it may lead to some significant improvement."

Physical exercise to fight hyperactivity is also an alternative. Yoga, as a support to kids already stabilized on medication, reduced levels of hyperactivity in boys. This was revealed by a study at the University of Sydney.

"When you do conscious breathing and integrate it with movements, there are physical and chemical changes in the body," said Toni Bradley, owner of Bedford's Serenity Yoga, which offers yoga classes for children. "And in a class with kids that have difficulty focusing, for kids who are hyperactive, yoga can be an effective tool."

However, some scientists argue that supplementation of certain vitamins and mineral is the method to normalize brain function. The effects of both Omega 3 fatty acids and methyl B-12 on kids with ADHD is being studied by Richard Deth, a professor of pharmacology at Northeastern University.

"What we're recognizing is that some of the treatments recommended like this really normalize the biochemistry of the affected organs, and in some cases, it's getting at the root of the problem," said Deth. "It's obvious that Ritalin is effective, but there's the downside that we don't really know about its long-term effects. My personal belief is that (these therapies) will eventually replace the Ritalin."

Chelmsford therapist Szifra Birke’s son was diagnosed with ADHD 20 years back. But she did not go for Ritalin. Her son who is now in college learned to self-regulate by doing things like playing basketball, which channeled his excess energy and brought focus.

"I definitely think that for many, many of these kids, medication is the shortest distance between two points," said Birke. "But I think it's a mistake to give medication to kids without doing the foundation-building with parents, which is to really understand ho w to parent these children, and to understand this disorder. Every kid across the ADD spectrum should have these strategies introduced to them, and practiced well."

Many still believe that, in spite of the recent warnings, drug therapy cannot be replaced by alternative therapies, though they may be effective complement.

"Virtually every family I've worked with is initially averse to the use of stimulants, but it's currently the standard of care," said Concord psychologist Lore Kantrowitz. "But the chance that (alternative therapies are) going to improve their focus or attention or impulsivity, well, that really hasn't been proven. They're out on a limb, but it's not a dangerous limb."

"I guess I've seen the strengths and benefits of meds," added Fisher. "For the 80 percent (of people helped by medications), you go from zero to hitting a home run. People say, 'I feel like myself, finally. It's like a coming home experience. It can help them organize themselves and get a real boost of self-confidence, self-concept."

Related medicine news :

1. Prince Charles lends support to Alternative Medicine
2. Alternative medicine more popular among HIV positive patients
3. Complementary and Alternative medicine
4. Alternative therapies popular with Parkinsons patients
5. Alternative to blood Transfusions
6. Alternative Therapy in HIV Patients
7. An Alternative to Warfarin
8. Another Alternative For Diabetics On Insulin
9. The Use Of Alternative Medicine On The Rise
10. Heart Patients Use Alternative Medicine
11. New Blood Thinner Pill - First Potential Alternative to Warfarin in 50 years
Post Your Comments:

(Date:11/25/2015)... BROOK, Ill. (PRWEB) , ... November 25, 2015 ... ... larger and potentially more aggressive than those found on mammography, according to a ... MRI findings of additional cancers not seen on mammography may necessitate a change ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... 2015 , ... As part of a global movement to ... together who want to combine talents and resources to help create sustainable communities ... The non-profit launched its first major fundraiser on November 6, 2015 at Bent ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... The holiday season ... and pleasing the palates of attendees is of the utmost importance. Whether you ... seasonal get-together, give these recipes a try this holiday season. , Turkey Croquettes ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Finnleo, a leader in ... on several models of traditional and far-infrared saunas. , For traditional saunas, ... the most traditional Finnish sauna wood, and Finnleo uses only European Grade A Nordic ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... has been recognized once again for its stellar workplace culture with the company’s ... , Medical Solutions’ Cincinnati office was named a finalist in Cincinnati ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... ) ... "Global Brain Monitoring Devices Market 2015-2019" ... ) has announced the addition of ... 2015-2019" report to their offering. ... ) has announced the addition of the ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... -- The total global healthcare industry is expected to grow at ... America has the highest projected growth at 12.7%, ... ), is second with growth projected at 11.5%. ... expenditure. In 2013-2014, total government funded healthcare was nearly 68%. ... 41.2% in 2013-2014. In real terms, out of pocket expenditure ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... Nov. 25, 2015  Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN ) ... (BLA) with the United States ... a biosimilar candidate to Humira ® (adalimumab). Amgen ... submitted to the FDA and represents Amgen,s first BLA ... E. Harper , M.D., executive vice president of Research ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: