Treat Attention Deficit Disorder in Children

11/01/2011 13:05

Traditionally, doctors have used drugs like Ritalin, Strattera, Concerta and others to treat the symptoms of attention deficit disorder in children, including lack of focus, daydreaming, poor impulse control, tantrums and difficulty taking a task through to its completion. These drugs do reduce symptoms in some children, but only temporarily. As soon as your child stops taking the drug, the symptoms will return.

It is a medical emergency in my opinion, as we now know that school kids on these drugs sell them and there is a risk that it may lead to drug dependence. There are other side effects which range from heart attacks, weight loss caused by suppression of appetite and children often have problems in sleeping. There have been attempts by drug companies to smudge the issue about the side effects of these drugs and while they may ease symptoms, there are no research results available on the long term effects on ADHD children.

It seems like every time you turn your head, there's something else being published about attention deficit disorder in children. Sometimes the amount of information available can be overwhelming. When first starting your research into the world of ADHD, you probably have some of the same questions as do a lot of others doing the same thing.

Most of the medical authorities from the AAP to the CDC are now strongly in favor of using behavior modification as the central part of any treatment program for attention deficit disorder in children. This basically means using cognitive behavioral therapy in a fun way which can reinforce good behavior and discourage bad or inappropriate behavior which is causing havoc at home and at school.

When and if attention deficit disorder in children is diagnosed some other tough decisions have to be made by parents. There is a battle going at the moment between the advocates of ADHD medication who claim that ADHD psychostimulant drugs are not only beneficial in controlling symptoms of ADHD but also play down the side effects of these drugs (amphetamines and methylphenidates) and say that the risks are just minimal.

Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD is the condition where children appear to be hyperactive, impulsive and/or inattentive. These behaviors may be normal for most children but when these appear all the time even in the most inappropriate places and times, ADD can be ruled out. Some people are not ready to face this fact, particularly when they have to contend to the truth that their child may not be like other normal children.

A diagnosis is made after particular tests and evaluations are done. A complete physical is encouraged to rule out other possible health conditions. You will meet with your child's teacher(s) and the special education team and discuss the outcome of all the testing that was done. Recognizing attention deficit disorder in children can be difficult but it is not impossible.

Quite often parents associate the very noticeable symptom of hyperactivity with the presence of the condition. While hyperactivity is often the most noticeable symptom it is not a necessary symptom for a positive diagnosis. Surprising the one sign that must be present to establish a positive diagnosis is inattention/distractibility. Signs of inattention must be present in two or more situations with the most common examples being at home and at school.

Be prepared to spend time every day addressing the issues and situations that arise from attention deficit. Your child is changing every day, both physically and emotionally, so this is bound to cause confusion and situations that will need to be discussed openly by your family as well as the school. Your child's teacher is an important part of this and must be included in the discussion.

Millions of children have been treated with medication every day as the medical community insist that these children are sick and treating them would be the only way that they will fit in and adhere to mold that have been created by the society. It is then not the problem of ADD/ADHD but a case of these children being forced to fit in.

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