Attention Deficit Disorder
2007-02-15 12:26:54

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There are millions of children around the world diagnosed with and living with Attention Deficit Disorder, or ADD. ADD is an often genetic medical condition characterized by inattention, distractibility, the inability to focus and difficulties learning. It is most commonly found in young children, generally diagnosed before the age of seven, but adults can develop ADD or have untreated ADD from their childhood.

 

Conventional treatment for children living with Attention Deficit Disorder is a drug called Ritalin. Ritalin is a stimulant and a methylphenidate that stimulates the central nervous system with reportedly “calming” as well as “focusing” effects on those living with Attention Deficit Disorder. It is the most commonly prescribed treatment for young patients living with Attention Deficit Disorder. In fact, many doctors are convinced it is actually over-prescribed. Ritalin is known to have unpleasant side-effects, such as headaches, irritability, loss of appetite, the “jitters,” increased Blood pressure, blood glucose changes, gastrointestinal upset, insomnia, anxiety, Depression, psychosis, paranoia and even slowed or retarded growth.

 

Furthermore, some health-care practitioners point to more severe side-effects: they claim that children living with Attention Deficit Disorder who are prescribed Ritalin can experience severe mind-altering effects, similar to the drug LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), which in turn can worsen their ADD symptoms instead of cure them. In addition, some studies of youngsters affected by and living with Attention Deficit Disorder who use Ritalin as a treatment suggest they can actually become addicted to this particular drug, like heroine. This makes it difficult for them to go off Ritalin, and when they do, they can develop severe withdrawal symptoms.

 

More and more people are becoming aware of the potentially negative side-effects and consequences of choosing Ritalin as an ADD treatment. Consequently, many parents whose children are living with Attention Deficit Disorder—whether or not they’ve been prescribed Ritalin—consider an alternative remedy or method of treatment for ADD.

 

One option for treating those living with Attention Deficit Disorder without Ritalin is using Homeopathy and homeopathic approaches. Homeopathy uses all-natural substances derived from plants, minerals, animal products and even microorganisms that cause disease. Some homeopathic remedies include arsenicum album, treating ADD symptoms of fear, anxiety and restlessness; chamomilla, for restlessness, anger, unhealthy attachment and defiance; argenum nitricum, for overexcitability and fear; rhux toxicodendron, for mental restlessness, distraction, inattention, frustration and impatience; and coffea cruda, for nervousness, restlessness and overstimulation.

 

A second treatment option is using a combination of diet and nutritional supplementation. Practitioners, researchers and scientists have long been studying the connection between food and behavior, and studies have shown that children living with Attention Deficit Disorder may be lacking in certain nutrients. In addition to a healthy, well-balanced, whole foods-based diet, natural health practitioners also recommend

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