ADHD Symptoms: Are Stimulants Really The Answer?

ADHD Symptoms: Are They Really Due To Brain Chemistry?

A parent facing a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is very likely to start researching this subject to get a better understanding. And what will they find? A confusion of conflicting information. Many of the websites they may come across will claim that ADHD symptoms come from a mental disorder that commonly affects the young. Further, some official agencies claim that the disorder is genetic.

There is no better way to make a mother or father feel absolutely helpless about helping their child. That sense of hopelessness can lead people to give up, follow the recommendations of medical professionals and let them prescribe drugs for the child.

 

Do Other Causes For ADHD Symptoms Exist?

Some official information hints at environmental or dietary causes of ADHD but then follows this with the message that these other causes will be carefully researched and when the results are in, then parents will get the information.

When a child’s health and happiness is at risk, the solution is so much simpler. You take the least toxic, least artificial action first, the one with few or no side effects. This means that first, you change factors in the environment, look for interferences in the body, change the diet, check for nutritional deficiencies. You can always move up to the next level of medical treatment without any harm being done. This is not always true if you start with the strong chemicals that are present in ADHD drugs.

 

ADHD Drugs Are Stimulants

Doctors are usually pretty tight-lipped about exactly what these drugs are made of. One of them, Adderall, is a mixture of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. On the street, amphetamine is known as speed. It speeds people up. It is addictive and when the drug is withdrawn, there are symptoms of withdrawal just like when a person is addicted to a street drug.

The side effects of this drug are frightening. I really wonder if parents have a chance to sign off on these side effects before they approve treatment for their child.

 

Relatively minor side effects of ADHD drugs  include:ADHD Symptoms - Wellness Chiropractic

  • Dizziness

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Fever

  • Trouble sleeping

  • Headache

  • Loss of appetite

  • Stomach pain

 

Serious side effects of ADHD drugs  include:

  • Agitation

  • Psychosis

  • Heart disease including heart failure

  • Valve problems in the heart

  • High blood pressure

  • Thyroid problems

  • Irregular heartbeat

  • Glaucoma

  • Reduction of growth resulting in low weight or reduced height

And of course, one of the most serious symptoms is addiction to a stimulant. One has to wonder, if a child is given a stimulant for years and comes to believe that this is the right thing for him because his doctor and his parents both tell him to take it, will he reach for stimulants, legal or illegal, later in life, to resolve bad feelings or problems in life?

 

More Natural Solution to ADHD Symptoms

In my years in practice, I have found that drugs are used in many cases where less severe methods actually work just fine. Every parent, especially those in the Ballwin-Wildwood-St. Louis area, should know that they have another option in my practice. By visiting my office, they can get fully informed of the alternatives to drugs that are available. I would wish that every parent be able to make a fully informed decision after finding out all the alternatives. I hope to hear from you soon.

References:

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd/index.shtml

http://www.healthcentral.com/adhd/r/medications/adderall-xr-oral-63164/side-effects?ic=2601

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