ADHD

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Posted by: Mom | 2011/11/10

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Taking child off Ritalin

Hi, my daighter aged 7 is taking Ritalin for her concentration. Her psychiastrist prescibed it and it has been working well for the past year. The only side effects she has is not eating whilst she is on it. I want to take her off the Ritaling because I hear so many negative things about it and I don''t want it to harm her in anyway long term. Are there any suggestions you can give besides Ritalin or poeple who to contact to assist.

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ADHD Expert

Dear Mom,

Please be advised that true ADHD is a result of lowered levels of certain neurotransmitters which cannot be increased without medication. The alternative routes certainly do help (differing degrees for different people) but will not cure ADHD.

Your psychiatrist should be able to recommend alternatives as s/he knows your daughter's medical history.

Alternatively, there are numerous over-the-counter supplements such as Eye-Q or Biostrath (to name only 2) that your pharmacist would be able to assist with. Adopting a high protein-low carbohydrate diet along with reduced preservatives and colourants will also help.

Alternative treatments include neurofeedback therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy as the most popular.

Best wishes,
Delia

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Posted by: Lisa | 2011/12/07

Hi there my son has ADHD and ODD. I have gotten so much proffesional information from various doctors. There has been so much reseach done on Ritallin over the past 50 yrs. Unfortunatly you only hear the negative things as when something doesnt work for someone, they advertise it. But it works for 99% people. Be careful of peole trying to sell you things on this site as you are in a desperate position. There is NOTHING bad about Ritallin and is 100% safe. You can contact the following doctor in Stellenbosch, Dr Bennie Steyn or Dr Adri vd Walt at Panorama Hospital both specialises in ADHD.

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Posted by: deon | 2011/11/17

Hi, Mom. Great decision to look for alternatives. I have some material in cd format that I can let you have. If you contact me on 0825524000 I will arrange to get it to you. Deon

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Posted by: Ansie | 2011/11/17

My grandson has been on biostrath for five years and it works for him. I would never consider Ritalin as I have heard too many bad things about it.

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2011/11/14

Dear Mom,

Please be advised that true ADHD is a result of lowered levels of certain neurotransmitters which cannot be increased without medication. The alternative routes certainly do help (differing degrees for different people) but will not cure ADHD.

Your psychiatrist should be able to recommend alternatives as s/he knows your daughter's medical history.

Alternatively, there are numerous over-the-counter supplements such as Eye-Q or Biostrath (to name only 2) that your pharmacist would be able to assist with. Adopting a high protein-low carbohydrate diet along with reduced preservatives and colourants will also help.

Alternative treatments include neurofeedback therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy as the most popular.

Best wishes,
Delia

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