An ADHD Diagnosis Should Not Be Made Too Quickly
As of 2007, 5.4 million children had been diagnosed with ADHD. This diagnosis didn’t exist before 1994, and the term ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder – didn’t exist before 1980.
Ritalin (methyphenidate) was the first drug widely marketed for either of these conditions. The drug was developed in 1944 and started being marketed as a solution for “hyperkinetic syndrome” (basically means “he moves excessively”) in the 1960s.
I don’t know of any businessman who would turn away 5.4 million new customers. But when these customers are children who will struggle with the side effects of these strong drugs, giving one of these kids a pill should be an absolute last resort. Which is why I have been focusing on helping families find natural remedies to ADHD symptoms.
In my experience, if families will invest in looking for a hidden cause of problem behavior, many will find the answers they are seeking. And toxic, harmful pills like Ritalin never need to be handed out.
Support From HealthCentral
The folks at HealthCentral have listed some of the diagnoses that could account for ADHD symptoms. If one of these other conditions exists, then drugging a child is never going to do anything other than throw a blanket over symptoms without giving the child the mental, emotional or physical support he really needs.
The ten other diagnoses they list are:
Hypothyroidism (Low Thyroid)
Nutritional Deficiencies Or Food Allergies
The List Of ADHD Symptoms Is Just A Start
There are other diagnoses that I would add to the list that need to be checked for but it’s great when I see some support for parents who want to look farther than the label and the prescription.
Doctors who give out ADHD drugs are making big money off of these prescriptions and are not likely to look around for another solution that won’t make them money. If the best recommendation is for a child to change his diet and supplement it with good nutrition, it sure seems like there are plenty of doctors who don’t want to hear about this. So I want to reach the parents who know, in their hearts, that a pill is not the solution.
There are natural solutions to ADHD. I have seen it with my own eyes. If you know a parent who has been told to put his (or her) child on Ritalin, Concerta, Strattera, Adderall or Vyvanse, tell them there may be another, better, healthier solution. Have them call me to find out about my Student Health Analysis. There’s so much at stake – the health and happiness of the child.
I hope I can count on you to spread the word.