ADHD

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Posted by: Lizelle | 2012/03/28

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ADD - Impulsive - Herbal product " Focus ADHD Formula and Brightspark" 

I was contacted by my son''s (he is 9 and in Gr3) teacher (new school this year because we moved last year) 2 weeks ago and the teacher told me that my son is very impulsive and that is getting him into trouble, and also affecting his school work, and she suggested that I have him assessed by an Educational Psychologist, which I did. At the feedback session with the Psychologist, to make a long story short, she said that he is very impulsive and that he is not on par with his school work, and he battles with concentration, and she is recommending that we think of putting him on Ritalin or Concerta. Obviously this is any parent''s worst nightmare, but if it will help your child, you have to consider all your options. We decided to give him a supplement (ADDvance or IQ) for 30 days and see if there is any change - but today after doing a bit of research, I came across a herbal product " Focus ADHD Formula"  whcih you can give with " Brightspark" . Do you know anything about these products. I am so confused about what to do because I''ve actually never heard anything good about Ritalin, and reading up on Concert, it seems even worse. What would your advice be?

Expert's Reply

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ADHD Expert

Dear Lizelle,

Medication should always be a last resort, perhaps especially so with ADHD as children do not grow out of it.

Having said this, if you wish to try the herbal or supplement route first please consult with your pharmacist to ensure there are no reasons why the supplement may not be suitable for your child.

It is very difficult to comment on the efficacy of these supplements and natural alternatives as each person responds differently to them and what works for one person may not work for another.

ADHD must be treated holistically, therefore ensuring good routines are established and followed will go some way to help your son with his impulsivity as there will be clear, consistent guidelines. Make no mistake, this is very difficult for anyone with ADHD to follow, however, knowing the expectations can make it a little easier.

A good diet, high in protein and low in carbohydrates is also important as is a good sleep routine.

As for the medications, please remember that people are more inclined to report the bad than the good - it is a hazard of being human I suppose. Medications have made the world of difference to some people.

Best wishes,
Delia

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2012/03/30

Dear Lizelle,

Medication should always be a last resort, perhaps especially so with ADHD as children do not grow out of it.

Having said this, if you wish to try the herbal or supplement route first please consult with your pharmacist to ensure there are no reasons why the supplement may not be suitable for your child.

It is very difficult to comment on the efficacy of these supplements and natural alternatives as each person responds differently to them and what works for one person may not work for another.

ADHD must be treated holistically, therefore ensuring good routines are established and followed will go some way to help your son with his impulsivity as there will be clear, consistent guidelines. Make no mistake, this is very difficult for anyone with ADHD to follow, however, knowing the expectations can make it a little easier.

A good diet, high in protein and low in carbohydrates is also important as is a good sleep routine.

As for the medications, please remember that people are more inclined to report the bad than the good - it is a hazard of being human I suppose. Medications have made the world of difference to some people.

Best wishes,
Delia

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