* Are there any other ways to treat ADHD *?

My son who is 5 years old has been on four different kinds of medicines to treat ADHD and I'm just starting to wonder if there is any other safe natural ways to treat it. since his meds seem to stop working after a few months. I'm also thinking that maby he really doesn't have ADHD and was misdiagnosed like his father was.
PLEASE I need suggestions
Answers:    You are correct in the ADHD being over used. Our grand daughter was very hyper and we eliminated any food with red dye and saw an instant change.

Many children are allergic to red dyes and it reacts with them like speed. Have you noticed hyperactivity after a red ICEE or red candy, even Italian food, the red dye in the sauce sends this kid up the walls!

After stopping anything with the red dyes, the child was calm. ALSO, watch the surgar intake. some chi;ldren are much more sensitive to surgar than others and it reacts the same way in their system.

With the drugs having no affect, I would say its a reaction to food products. Get the child off the drugs and monitor what they eat compared to when they act hyper.
Proper diagnosis is the key, and consistent behavior modification is essential.

I have worked with hearing impaired, developmentally delayed and learning disabled children for many years. ADHD is too often offered as a diagnosis when other factors have not been ruled out. However, there ARE some children that do have an organic inability to focus and/or to act impulsively -- the medications are effective for them. Since the meds have NOT been effective in your child, I agree with your suspicion of misdiagnosis.

There are multi-disciplinary teams to asses children, and usually a hearing test is the first step, because you must be certain that the child is able to hear the instructions being given for all the other test procedures. After all, one can not pay attention to a voice or sound if they can not hear. Other team members usually include an Occupational Therapist, Speech/Language Pathologist, Child Psychologist (or Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in pediatrics) and Developmental Pediatrician. Contact your local Children's Hospital to find out if they have such a team.

Do not take this personally, but many of the kids I have seen on medication for ADHD are simply lacking in discipline. Too many parents (some of my best friends included) don't want to be the 'bad guy' and they wind up letting the child have too many freedoms. The child becomes manipulative and in some ways is afraid of the amount of control they have been given.

Even if the child does have an organic disability or delay, behavioral modification is still crucial to providing the child with structure and teaching them compensatory strategies.
Have you ever had him tested for allergies. Often food allergies mimic ADHD. Also is his behavior always a problem or only in certain siturations of with certain people. If it is not always the same it may be behavior problems and not ADHD.
Five years old is way too young to be diagnosed with ADHD, or to be taking those kinds of medications. Stop medicating your son, and begin using behavior modification instead. There aren't any "ADHD" symptoms that can't be cured using behavior modification... it's just that medications are SO much easier, and make some teachers and parents happy because they don't have to deal with disruptive children. Some people don't believe ADHD is actually a legitimate illness, but just unruly children who haven't been taught to behave, focus,adapt to changes in routine, or to exercise self-discipline.

Here is a link to methods of "ADHD" treatment without medication:
When I was young they treated a child you acted up all the time without meds, they used dicipline and spanked him when needed, and he learned to behave. Amazing isnt it, Just twenty years ago there was no such thing as adhd, twenty years ago spanking was acceptable.

It does NOT exist.

Over the past thirty years, attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has emerged from the relative obscurity of cognitive psychologists’ research laboratories to become the "disease du jour" of America’s schoolchildren. Accompanying this popularity has been a virtually complete acceptance of the validity of this "disorder" by scientists, physicians, psychologists, educators, parents, and others. Upon closer critical scrutiny, however, there is much to be troubled about concerning ADD/ADHD as a real medical diagnosis. There is no definitive objective set of criteria to determine who has ADD/ADHD and who does not. Rather, instead, there are a loose set of behaviors (hyperactivity, distractibility, and impulsivity) that combine in different ways to give rise to the "disorder." These behaviors are highly context-dependent. A child may be hyperactive while seated at a desk doing a boring worksheet, but not necessarily while singing in a school musical. These behaviors are also very general in nature and give no clue as to their real origins. A child can be hyperactive because he’s bored, depressed, anxious, allergic to milk, creative, a hands-on learner, has a difficult temperament, is stressed out, is driven by a media-mad culture, or any number of other possible causes. The tests that have been used to determine if someone has ADD/ADHD are either artificially objective and remote from the lives of real children (in one test, a child is asked to press a button every time he sees a 1 followed by a 9 on a computer screen) , or hopelessly subjective (many rating scales ask parents and teachers to score a child’s behavior on a scale from 1 to 5: these scores depend upon the subjective attitudes more than the actual behaviors of the children involved). The treatments used for this supposed disorder are also problematic. Ritalin use is up 500% over the past six years, yet it does not cure the problem, it only masks symptoms, and there are several disadvantages: children don’t like taking it, children use it as an "excuse" for their behavior ("I hit Ed because I forgot to take my pill."), and there are some indications it may be related to later substance abuse of drugs like cocaine. While it is true that psychoactive medications properly prescribed and monitored by a physician can be an important tool to help some kids experience successes with teachers, parents, and peers, it still must be viewed as a last resort intervention and used with caution. Behavior modification programs used for kids labeled ADD/ADHD work, but they don’t help kids become better learners. In fact, they may interfere with the development of a child’s intrinsic love of learning (kids behave simply to get more rewards), they may frustrate some kids (when they don’t get expected rewards), and they can also impair creativity and stifle cooperation.

ADD/ADHD is a popular diagnosis in the 1990’s because it serves as a neat way to explain away the complexities of turn-of-the-millenium life in America. Over the past few decades, our families have broken up, respect for authority has eroded, mass media has created a "short-attention-span culture," and stress levels have skyrocketed. When our children start to act out under the strain, it’s convenient to create a scientific-sounding term to label them with, an effective drug to stifle their "symptoms," and a whole program of ADD/ADHD workbooks, videos, and instructional materials to use to fit them in a box that relieves parents and teachers of any worry that it might be due to their own failure (or the failure of the broader culture) to nurture or teach effectively. Mainly, the ADD/ADHD label is a tragic decoy that takes the focus off of where it’s needed most: the real life of each unique child. Instead of seeing each child for who he or she is (strengths, limitations, interests, temperaments, learning styles etc.) and addressing his or her specific needs, the child is reduced to an "ADD child," where the potential to see the best in him or her is severely eroded (since ADD/ADHD puts all the emphasis on the deficits, not the strengths), and where the number of potential solutions to help them is highly limited to a few child-controlling interventions.

Instead of this deficit-based ADD/ADH paradigm, I’d like to suggest a wellness-based holistic paradigm that sees each child in terms of his or her ultimate worth, and addresses each child’s unique needs. To do this, we need to provide a wide range of options for parents or teachers.

Your child is having problems for OTHER reasons. Sometimes it can be as simple as a change in diet. meds are not the answer as they only mask the true cause of the symptoms and do not treat the acual issue, which could be as simple as your son is MALE.

GET HIM OFF THE DRUGS!! There is no such thing as ADD.
It's more bullcrap that is made up by psychiatrists/nazis.
I don't believe in ADHD. I believe there are children who need extra attention and care, but diagnosing and medicating little kids who just need excercise, fresh air, and lots of brain stimulation is just plain WRONG! I give you thumbs up for looking for other options! If you're a stay at home mom, I would take him off meds altogether and see if you can devote yourself to his needs and make a difference in his actions. Train him to quiet down and concentrate on certain things, try to reward him for good behaviour, and most of all give him a lot of outdoor time to help work off his extra energy. That's what I would try...I sincerely wish you the best, and I'd be awfully distrusting of your doctors. Good luck!
Try exercise & reducing sugar in diet. It might help. Also try to talk to doctor about alternative ways to control symptoms without the use of drugs.
firstly..a lot of the drugs they use to treat adhd cause more problems than they solve. My boyfriend was on them and now has chronic and perminate heart problems because of it.
A lot of doctors and schools rush to lable a child ADHD because he/she is intelligent, and likely bored in class. try more stimulation for his mind, more activities to keep him busy. Talk to him, play with him, read with him...You know your son better than any dactor. ALso, activities that stimulate his imagination are great. I was diagnosed adhd as a child but was never medicaed for it. My parents tried the above approaches and I graduated HS at 16. It is, of course, possible that your son truly is adhd, but if the meds are not helping, there is no point in giving them to him. Consult with your doctor about your concerns as well.
Many ADHD medications are amphetamine based so daily use will cause a tolerance to be built up which is why you see the meds working less after some times.

Age 5 is VERY young to diagnosed with ADHD as most of the cognitive skills involved in controlling behavior & focus haven't been fully developed yet. Also you don't mention any therapy or behavior modification training as part of his treatment so I would recommend finding a psychologist who works with young children.

There is also a chance that he is misdiagnosed because at that age many other disorders can cause the same kinds of behaviors. For instance, anxiety or depression can interfere with a child's ablity to concentrate or control their behavior.

There are a variety of methods to treat ADHD other than medications but they often involve a lot of time investment on the part of parents, which can be difficult if both are working full time or have other children to raise, but it can be done. Yoga & meditation (deep breathing and/or vsualizations) have been found to be very helpful in children who have displayed behavioral problems as it helps them to relax and to concentrate on soothing images. Also be sure to check whether he has enough outdoor play time as kids generally need physical activity. Kids have tons of restless energy and if enough is not burnt off in some type of activity then you are bound to see it reflected in their ability to sit quietly later.

I hope some of these suggestions help you... good luck.

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