Alternatives to Ritalin for ADD/HD

by dr.g

Many parents wonder if there are attention problems at school or home,kids are struggling or perhaps a teacher makes a suggestion- should they put their kids on

English: Adderall

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Ritalin or some other drug for attention problems.

According to the article below long term use of these drugs offers no improvement because the attention gains simply fade over time. What happens is kids develop a tolerance, just like individuals who take diet pills for weight loss(a similar class of medication to the attention drugs).  In addition, these drugs alter brain chemistry so you will see a decline in behavior initially as kids go off the drug because their body has simply gotten use to being on the drug.

This article goes into quite a bit of detail on the research and our current approach to attention deficit disorders.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/29/opinion/sunday/childrens-add-drugs-dont-work-long-term.html?pagewanted=all

Chiropractic adjustments, dietary changes, and supplementation with specific minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids are a few of the non-prescription approaches that many kids and adults have benefitted from. They aim to improve how an individual persons body functions and processes information by removing nerve interference or providing nutritional building blocks necessary for more efficient nerve connections.

If your child is struggling with attention problems , call us to make an appointment or to see how we may be able to help.

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Pat @ AdultsWithADD April 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm

I think that nutritional adjustments or “therapy” is the single most overlooked and underrated form of treatment for ADD (and all mental disorders, for that matter). Cool post!

-P

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root January 23, 2013 at 4:26 pm

you are right…

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