Posted by: Linette | 2013/02/07


Grade 1

I went to the first parents meeting of my grade1 last night, and the teacher said we should think of putting my son on Ritalin. He doesn''t finish his work in class but know what to do. He is apparently just too busy building things with his pencils and so on. I am not sure this is ADHD from everything I have read. He can do simple tasks at home and can sit and build Lego for hours. But he does get frustrated when I can’ t get something right. I am thinking of starting him on Eye Q, I have been giving him Bio-straph. What do you think ?


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ADHD Expert

Dear Linette,

While it is certainly a teacher's place to inform you of the difficulties experienced by your son, teachers are not in a position to prescribe Ritalin.

Having said that, what you describe is typical of ADHD: even in the most severe cases of ADHD, children will be able to sit still and concentrate on tasks they enjoy. The reason for this is neurotransmitters are released to sustain our attention when we are enjoying ourselves. When we are bored or do not feel like doing a task, this neurotransmitter is not released; a different one should be released to act as our little inner voice that says "I don't want to do this, but I have to". In ADHD, this neurotransmitter is not released in adequate quantities.

EyeQ and Biostrath are supplements, predominantly high in Omegas (which aid concentration). Whether or not one works better than the other depends entirely on each person and the severity of the symptoms experienced.

In order to determine the best way forward for your son, I suggest seeking an assessment from an educational psychologist or consulting with a psychiatrist or neurologist.

Kind regards,

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Posted by: Henry | 2013/02/08

Well Linette - you should at least listen to his teacher  she has probably seen ADHD many times before. Undiagnosed kids with ADHD and Autism, including high functioning ones can hyper focus on something if they enjoy it, which might explain why your son can play with Lego for hours. As for all these supplements like Eye Q etc. there is no scientific proof that they work and they are a waste of time and money. As for Ritalin what I can tell you in most cases the pros outweigh the cons by far and without it many children would have a dismal future...spend time with his assessment and talk to the experts for his sake and yours. Reading marketing and sales rubbish on the internet from alternative supplement manufacturers and distributors that is designed to cause fear, uncertainty and doubt about products like Concerta and Ritalin is not going to get you anywhere. Medications that are prescribed by doctors who work with kids like yours everyday work for many kids every day - kids that would not have a hope in hell for their education and future if it wasn''t for products like Concerta and Ritalin.

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