There are so many unsettling reports about children who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) being given strong stimulant drugs, such as Ritalin. We hear about bad reactions to the drugs, or the child has not responded well to the treatment, showing no improvements. We may also hear about other issues relating to side effects that produce additional issues that the child, parents, and family must cope with, such as personality changes, sleep disturbances, depression, paranoia, mood swings, suicidal tendencies, and more.
As the parent of a child diagnosed with the disorder it is there before quite understandable that there would be a real reaction to agree to ADHD medication. In fact, more and more parents, and even experts, are choosing to resort to medicines only once all other possible alternative treatments have been attempted. Unfortunately, when ADHD drugs are the only option, treatment for ADHD in children is accomplished through trial and error.
This means that each child diagnosed with ADHD must be treated individually. There is no bladder treatment, as it was, just like there is no single ADHD test to determine whether or not your child has ADHD. As a result, while one child may react positively to Ritalin and show improvements as far as his or her symptoms are concerned, another child may not, or else show no improvement whateversoever. This is when the dosage of the medication will be adjusted and, if no improvements are discovered, the drug will be discontinued and another one tried. It will continue in this manner until the appropriate drug and dosage has been discovered.
While many children do function better thanks to drugs like Ritalin, Adderall, Strattera, etc. there are many others who do not. The horror stories surrounding the schedule II psycho-stimulant medications prescribed for children with ADHD are not fairy tales and should not be disregarded by any responsible parent. Some children simply show no improvement whatever without exhibiting any alarming side effects.
On the other hand there are multiple choices when it comes to treatment for children with ADHD. Today's kids do not have to be drugged in order to combat the symptoms of the disorder because there are other treatments that are available. Homeopathic remedies have become very popular because they are safe and very often very effective in helping to control the symptoms of ADHD. Vitamin and mineral supplements address the deficiencies in the brain that are known to exist in those with ADHD.
Unlike ADHD drugs homeopathic remedies actually help to restore balance. Kids who take these remedies and supplements are able to focus better, be less impulsive and distractible, and the hyperactive behavior and fidgeting they may have exhibited is also improved. These remedies have no side effects and can also be used in conjuction with traditional meds or if you want to wean your child off ADHD drugs. As with the traditional ADHD drugs, homeopathic remedies will not work for every single ADHD child, however they should not be left out of hand.
Although determining the right treatment for children with ADHD can seem like a very challenging undertaking it must be remembered that treatments do exist and it is possible to find the right one for your ADHD child. When an ADHD child is treated for the disorder the child can successfully overcome the difficulties and problems that face while growing up. There are many success stories and it is these parents need to focus on.