Posted by: BMJ | 2011/05/25


A helpful book about adhd

I have 2 children with adhd. My 1st son was diagnosed 4 years ago and i have read extensivly about the condition.

I bought a book by Dr Christopher Green and Kit Chee called Understanding A.D.H.D. I can recommend it to any parent who has a child with the condition or who suspects their child may have it. It was insigtful, practical and very humourous. It cost about R150.

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Dear BMJ,

Thank you as always for your practical advice.

Best wishes,

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Posted by: BMJ | 2011/06/15

Dear Wondering

I cant give an opinion on the homeopathic meds - never used it.

Loss of appetite was a big issue for us as well as well as trouble falling asleep. I found my son ate a HUGE breakfast. 2 weetbix, plus two eggs on toast and a cup of tea. He had to eat 2 provitas and a yogurt at achool (otherwise his sugar level dropped). We explained that he wont FEEL hungry at all but his body still needs the nutrients as the meds tricks his brain into feeling not hungry. When he got home he had to eat 1 slice of bread with Nutella an he would eat a tiny supper. We tried to keep him off his meds over weekends and holidays. For the sleeplessness we used the supplement Melatonin an hour before bedtime and that helped.

We have just switched him from Concerta 36mg to Ritalin LA20mg. Concerta stays active in the system for 12 hours but we found it stlll was in our sons system for 14-16 hours. At one time he needed the meds both concentration and hyperactivity. Now he is 10, the hyperactivity has almost dissapeared so he only needs itfor concentration. Ritalin LA works for 8 hours. He is eating ALOT more now and sleep is no longer a problem.

Ritalin and Concerta has the same active ingredient but concerta is slower releasing.


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Posted by: Wondering | 2011/06/15

I got onto this site, because there was an article about homopaetic medicine for ADHD and ADD. My daughter is on Concerta and doing fine, with some side effedts (loss of appetite, hair loss).

Does anyone know if this homopaetic medicine is working well? Also. will Concerta have the same side effects as Ritalin?


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Posted by: Helga | 2011/06/07

I also have that book! If anyone ever have doubts about their child being adhd - this book has the answers... very informative!

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2011/05/27

Dear BMJ,

Thank you as always for your practical advice.

Best wishes,

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