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HI there, my son no longer takes medication and hasnt since November. I found that they were not beneficial enough to warrant the loss of appetite etc. His blood sugars were checked twice last year in regards diabetes. Came back normal on both times.
I cannot deny my son is different. His behaviour is different to anything I have ever seen. I have 5 children and even as a baby he was different. I believe whole heartedly that if ADHD is not the correct diagnosis then something else is going on.
I should mention that he is currently being monitored for autism as he has lots of the traits relevant.
originally posted by: calstorm
I believe the excuse is that they are CHILDREN. Guess what. A child's brain is not fully developed. Each child is also different. Children have varying levels of energy, outgoingness , attention, ect. A kid acting like a kid is not an excuse.
Are there times when there really is a problem? Sure, but we have a huge problem pathologizing healthy child behavior just because they have a bit more energy than their peers and don't find every school subject fascinating because their love is for baseball or comic books.
originally posted by: SlapMonkey
a reply to: demondonna
Not all those diagnosed have it, but it is a real issue.
My 11-year-old son has it, and has it pretty bad (especially the hyperactivity and lack of focus/forgetfulness), but we choose not to medicate him.
It got so bad that he started making a comment here and there about wishing he wasn't alive because he always felt like he couldn't do anything correctly, so we took him in to try a medication to see if it would work--it took away the hyperactivity and some of the forgetfulness/focus issues, but what it did was make him angry, bad enough to where he even recognized it. So we stopped the meds and feel that going the route of removing/limiting foods that we notice exacerbate the issue is a better way to go--coupled with a very arduous journey for me of learning to be more understanding and patient.
But, my son also has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, and that adds and entirely new set of issues to the problem. Interesting thing is that the psychologist said that Asperger's and ADHD happen in tandem way more than one would expect--makes me wonder if the "AD" of ADHD might not be an even more subtle version of Autism than Asperger's is.
I suffer from ADD to the point of utter annoyance and frustration sometimes, but I feel that trying to learn to deal with it is a much better alternative for me than trying out medication, especially if it may cause anger problems.
Also, our son's ADHD is what caused us to start homeschooling, as he was in constant trouble for not being able to sit still, not remembering to raise his hand to answer questions, not being able to stand in line absolutely still, etc. The way the school system treated him was the main factor, imo, that fostered his low self-esteem. I still hold that grudge against the school system.
ETA: My wife--the one who does all of the all-natural research--also started him on a supplemental regime that includes a probiotic. It's in an attempt to see if the "leaky gut" hypothesis out there and its association with ADHD and Autistic symptoms has any veracity to it. And in all honesty, it has made a difference that it much more noticeable than it just being a placebo effect.
originally posted by: demondonna
originally posted by: DeepImpactX
No. The doctors are for the sake of job security.
Would you care to elaborate?