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August 3, 2009 at 12:57 AMComments: 1 Faves: 0

Comparison of ADHD Treatments

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ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a developmental disorder, usually surfacing during childhood. Children with ADHD have trouble paying attention and focusing on one particular task. They are prone to distraction, poor memory, and difficulty controlling their impulses. These children often behave in a hyperactive manner, making them more likely to get in trouble at school and less likely to do well, academically.Two thirds of children with ADHD will carry the disorder with them into their adult life.

Not much is known about why some children are ADHD and why others aren't, although some evidence indicates it may be genetic.Head trauma could also be a cause of ADHD, or at least ADHD-like symptoms, and it seems there is at least some correlation between mothers that were exposed to second-hand smoke during their pregnancy and children who develop ADHD.Male children have a higher incidence of ADHD than female children.

ADHD Controversy

ADHD is a controversial subject.Taking care of a child with ADHD poses unique challenges as opposed to dealing with a calmer, more attentive child. Many parents are desperate for a solution to help their children succeed in life. For some time, the most popular solution has come in the form of two prescription drugs: Ritalin and Adderall. Given that these are stimulant medications, many are worried about the negative effects long-term use can have on children.

There's also the legitimate concern of over-diagnosis and misdiagnosis. Lots of children are hyperactive and have trouble staying on task, a problem which could have just as much to do with a child's diet or discipline as it could a neurological disorder.It may not necessarily be safe to assume your child has ADHD and needs to be medicated simply because they have problems paying attention.

Side effects are the primary downfall of pharmaceuticals.It's important to be informed about both the potential negatives of prescription medication and possible alternative treatments for disruptive children and children with ADHD.

Concerns about Prescription Drugs

Adderall is an amphetamine.Thus, if used in doses over a considerable period of time, a person can become addicted. Side effects of Adderall can include heart attack, high blood pressure, sudden death, stroke, seizures, impotence, depression, weight loss, intestinal problems, and pounding of the heart.

Ritalin is similar to Adderall and is also a stimulant.Children can also become addicted to Ritalin so it should be monitored closely.Common side effects include insomnia and excessive nervousness.Other side effects can also include changes in blood pressure, weight loss, rapid heartbeat, fever, hair loss, loss of appetites, and changes in pulse.

The National Alliance against Mandated Mental Health Screening and Psychiatric Drugging of Children is an organization that's was formed as a response to the prescription-related death of several children.In some cases, the children's deaths were caused by physical reactions to the drug after a period as short as a few months.In other cases, particularly in children prescribed to Concerta and Strattera, children were found to cut themselves, and in severe cases, commit suicide.Some suicides were committed by children as young as 12-years-old.

Alternative Treatments

There are alternative treatments available to hyperactive children such as adjusting diet and creating an exercise regimen specifically tailored to ADHD.

Supplements are made with all-natural ingredients and are available without prescription. They also do not produce any of the dangerous side effects that accompany prescription drugs.

Considering natural alternatives before subjecting a child to prescription treatments may very well save their life.

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  • So now im very scared. Our doctors are prescribing drugs that can cause "Death" and "Tourette’s"!!!! How safe is that?

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