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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Is ADHD an Ailment?

Not MY child!

When my youngest child was diagnosed with a learning disorder I was in disbelief, but when I was handed a pamphlet on attention deficit hyperactive disorder and went through the checklist, he had every symptom on the list. In fact as I read the list I realized that I did too. We could be their poster child and mother.

We got our knuckles rapped.

In order to be properly diagnosed he was sent to a pediatrician who specialized in this particular disorder and also a licensed psychologist. This is something they had (as far as I know) not thought of doing when I attended grade school. If we got out of line we got our knuckles rapped with a ruler. No one ever thought we were finding it difficult to pay attention. No one ever tried to gear lessons in such a way that we could better grasp them. If we day dreamed it was because we were undisciplined or lazy. There was just one way of teaching and it had to fit all students.

He can't sit still, but neither can I.

Because of his perpetual motion, my son's teachers thought he needed to be medicated. It was as if he had an ailment and needed a cure. I hesitated to place him on prescribed medications as I knew they were narcotics and not Cures for Ailments. At first I tried herbals and diet, but soon the school refused to let him stay unless he was taking prescribed medication.

He was embarrassed by the label.

I knew the stigma attached to being diagnosed with ADHD as the teacher announced out loud to the class that it was time for certain students to go to the office and get their “meds”. At times he would ignore the teacher as the other students got up to get theirs hoping no one would know he was on medication too, but when he did I would end up getting a call from the school office with a complaint about his misbehavior and a pink slip. Ritalin, his prescribed medication did improve his ability to pay attention and aided him in learning. When he did not take his medication he heard “don't” and “stop” so much with his name that these two words were like his first name. I just hated it that it also gave him a stomach ache, was a controlled substance, and made him feel less than normal.

Whose to say what normal is?

Some will outgrow ADHD and others are destined to have a wandering mind for life. I think I'm one of those, so if I tend to get off track from time to time, forgive me and give me a gentle push in the right direction. Maybe, if I had grown up when medical science realized we aren't all the same and some people need individualized teaching I would not feel as inadequate as I sometimes do.

We are failing people with our mental health options.

In looking at medications and treatments I feel that we have a long ways to go in treating mental and emotional disorders sometimes only using a "band aid" approach. I have long been dissatisfied with the medical approach. While counseling was prescribed the insurance companies would not pay his counseling. Alternative medicines were never offered. We were only given one option and that was a prescription for narcotics.

In my search online I came across Dr. Daniel Amen

His site is fascinating. The workings of the mind are intriguing to say the least. His approach is refreshingly positive, and one this country sorely needs. I found that when I took time to encourage my son not discourage him, he thrived. Dr. Amen says that "love is the drug!" It was wonderful to have my beliefs so positively reinforced and to learn more about many of the things that trouble us such as depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, substance abuse, diet and so forth. He explores the science and positive ways to assist the patient in recovery.

You may want to visit the Amen Clinics by Dr Daniel Amen to learn more about the symptoms of several psychiatric illnesses and know how it can be treated earlier. I am saving the links right here because I plan on revisiting to learn more. I love that this is much more than the quick fix of handing out prescriptions.

There are reasons we behave as we do.

He takes us on a fascinating journey of the brain and why we behave the way we do. He has thousands of brain scans that show the results of harmful activity to our brains. Even things as simple as cutting down on sugar can improve our brain's function. We aren't all the same, but whose to say what “normal” is? I'm not striving for "normal" but for the best I can be and to help my children be the best they can be also. Take care & God bless.

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CA Johnson January 30, 2010 at 8:16 PM  

I'm sorry to hear that about your son. This is very interesting information because my friend is having problems like this with her son. I'm sure she will find this very helpful.

Judy Sheldon-Walker January 30, 2010 at 9:05 PM  

CA, this site is very helpful. I hope it will help your friend.

Icy BC February 1, 2010 at 7:31 AM  

There is lots of information in your post Judy, and your experiences will also help others.

Judy Sheldon-Walker February 1, 2010 at 7:46 AM  

Icy, that would great it would reduce someone else s frustration.

Have a blessed day!

SquirrelQueen February 2, 2010 at 1:43 AM  

I have had friends with ADHD diagnosed children, most in my opinion were just very active kids. One of them did quite a bit of research and came up with a diet and herbs that had remarkable results.

My point is there are other options out there, maybe this clinic is a good place to start.


Deanna February 2, 2010 at 10:31 PM  

What an excellent and informative article, Judy. If you are ADHD - it doesn't show in your writing. I once wrote an in-depth article on treating ADD and ADHD by eliminating certian items in the diet, such as food coloring, to help keep over-active children calm. I'm happy to hear about the clinic you spoke of too. Great article!
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Judy Sheldon-Walker February 2, 2010 at 11:20 PM  

Judy and Deanna, thanks so much for your visit and encouragement. We need to look at positive ways to help our children when they are learning disabled. Diet sometimes can alleviate the problem. I have even heard that the chemicals we clean with can wreak havoc with our children.

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