ADD or ADHD - Ritalin and Other Drugs Are Not the Answer Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
You start hearing complaints from your child's teacher — they are restless, they don't pay attention, they cant focus on schoolwork long enough. The teacher fills out a checklist which indicates your child may have ADD or ADHD (ADD + hyperactivity). Eventually you get a referral to a psychiatrist who evaluates your son and daughter and prescribes Ritalin or one of a number of other drugs. They tell you unless you put your child on these drugs they will fall further and further behind in school. Does this sound familiar? In some schools thirty percent of children are on these drugs. Any child who doesn't seem to fit well in a classroom environment is likely to be labeled ADD and put on dangerous stimulants.
If you succumb to the pressure- what will happen? For as long as they are on the drug- their concentration will probably improve to a degree. But they will often have many serious side effects. The most common one we see is depression- sometimes very serious depression. Many formerly happy children, full of life become quiet sullen depressed after these drugs. They seem to have lost their spark, their joy of life.
And as soon as you stop giving these drugs the attention problems return. They haven't solved the problem at all, just postponed it.
Instead of drugging our child- an answer exists – homeopathy. In our office we have seen hundreds of children that have been diagnosed as having ADD or ADHD. The vast majority of them have done much better after seeing us. The underlying problem is solved and the child is better with no need for drugs.
Here is one example of a child we helped
Michael was a tall thin 4 year old. The reason he came for treatment was immediately obvious, as he began to run around the room, non-stop. His parents said that he had been hyperactive since he was a toddler. He was in constant motion -- always walking, running and fidgeting. He purposefully bumped into things. He could only focus on something for a short time and it was very difficult to get his attention.
Starting at age one, he began to hit people. Now, at age 4, he tapped people on the face, instead. He often took sticks and beat on things.
Though he was very sensitive to the opinion of others, he did not know how to act with other people. If his parents criticized him, he would throw a toy in anger. If he worked on something and it didn't come out right he would throw it out or destroy it.
His diet was very limited. He insisted on eating "junk food" and sweets most of the time and refused to eat vegetables in any form.
Michael's mother expressed a fear that he would not be able to start preschool since he could not sit quietly, concentrate or relate appropriately to children his age.
On the basis of these and other symptoms we prescribed one dose of a homeopathic remedy Stramonium (note this was the right remedy for him but the possibility of it being the right remedy for another person suffering from ADD is low).
When he came to see us for his first one month follow-up -- it was immediately apparent that the remedy had worked. He came in, took some toys from the toy box, and quietly played by himself for the first twenty minutes. By the end of the appointment he started showing some signs of restlessness again.
His extreme restlessness had decreased in both intensity and frequency. He had more calm periods and could sit and concentrate much more. To their delight, his parents reported that he started eating vegetables, even asking for them.
Now, six months after the remedy, the hyperactivity is gone, except if he gets a cold. He has good ability to concentrate by himself. He is teaching himself to read, and can focus on a book for a long time. His mother laughed and said: "before, he only picked up a book to throw it." He deals with anger better. He no longer hits people. He takes criticism better, but still is somewhat sensitive.
He made a developmental jump and started developing more analytical skills. His parents are delighted about the improvement. His mother is especially happy that he was able to start preschool without problems, and seems to be enjoying it.
This is one boy among many. Homeopaths have improved the life of tens of thousands of children (and adults) labeled ADD or ADHD. Here is one more example.
Robert was a 14 year old boy who had much trouble in school. His teachers said he was always goofing off and not listening to them, and were very angry at him. His parents finally got the teachers to see that the problem was really attention deficit disorder. He could not concentrate on schoolwork. When he was younger he had been extremely hyperactive; he would literally bounce off the walls, constantly moving. He had been like this since preschool age. This hyperactivity went away one year ago and the attention deficit disorder replaced it. Before the attention deficit problem his grade point average was 3.1 out of 4.0. Now it had gone down to a 2.2. He got angry very easily over minor irritations. He was very restless in his sleep and woke with his covers all twisted up.
We gave him one dose of the homeopathic remedy Calcarea Phosphorica (note this was the right remedy for him but the possibility of it being the right remedy for another person suffering from ADD is low).
The next day he was very angry. Immediately after this he became a different child. His mother said the difference was like day and night.
By one month he was able to focus on schoolwork much better but still had some problem focusing. Now instead of having to call his name five times to get his attention, one time sufficed. His irritability and anger were much better. His sleep was much calmer.
At three months after the remedy his ability to concentrate continues better. His irritability and anger are even less. His sleep is still calmer. His grade point average went up to 3.2, the highest ever.
Over the next two years things continued to improve and by the end of that time all problems were resolved and we no longer needed to see him.
Homeopathy has a tremendous amount to offer children like this.
In these examples you see the difference between homeopathy and other approaches for treatment of ADD or ADHD. After the right remedy we expect to see everything getting better in the person's life.
To understand how homeopathy helps in cases like this please click below, to read more about homeopathy. To find a homeopath to help you, choose the referral list link below. If no experienced classical homeopath is in your area you can either travel to see us in Florida - or we can do a phone consult.
For More Information or to make an appointment contact:
Steve Waldstein RSHom (NA) CCH PCH
Classical Homeopathy, Inc.
1245 NW 22nd Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33445