The choice of giving ADHD drugs in treating the disorder can present a dilemma for any parent. Although the effectiveness of prescription drugs for ADHD management cannot be questioned, the side effects are most certainly worrying and some can be downright frightening.
Since the use of ADHD meds is part of the conventional treatment for ADHD, most medical professionals choose to give this treatment to children diagnosed with ADHD, making parents unaware that there are other options to choose from.
The issue of side effects of ADHD drugs has long been under debate. The biggest question is whether the benefits of ADHD meds like Ritalin, Strattera, Dexedrine, and Adderall outweigh the risks associated with their use.
Prescription medications can cause several side effects. Among these are insomnia, anorexia, weight loss, anxiety, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, stunted growth, and psychotic episodes.
Studies show that there is an increased risk for developing psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression among children who took medications for ADHD.
Cardiovascular problems and a risk for substance abuse are also possible effects of these drugs. There have also been reports of sudden death associated with Ritalin use as well as an increase in suicidal ideation and actions with the use of Strattera.
Worrying about these side effects on top of worrying about your child’s behavior can make anyone go crazy. Why should you and your child go through this torment when there are OTHER ways, SAFER ways, to control the symptoms of ADHD?
Other treatment options for ADHD include psychotherapy, dietary control, yoga, vitamin supplementation, and homeopathic remedies.
Psychotherapy includes behavioral therapy, social skills training, stress management, and family therapy. It helps those with ADHD develop coping techniques and makes them more aware of their behavior.
Yoga can help improve focus and coordination, and teaches ADHD patients how to deal with stressful situations just by deep breathing.
Another method of managing symptoms without ADHD drugs is dietary control. This can be effective in minimizing ADHD symptoms as well through elimination of foods known to worsen symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention. These include sugars, refined carbohydrates, additives, and caffeine.
Vitamins like B-complex, zinc, magnesium, and calcium can also improve brain functioning.
Homeopathic remedies may also be used in the place of ADHD drugs. Homeopathic remedies are natural cures that use ingredients known to help with symptoms like temper tantrums, irritability, restlessness, hyperactivity, impatience, and frustration.
Homeopathic remedies are proven to be just as effective as prescription ADHD drugs, yet safer and less costly.
Neither you nor your child should go through the dangers of prescription medication when there are other proven, safer ways that can help with ADHD.