weeks ago. They came back and were super excited! My son actually wanted to
start school. I asked him why would he want to start school early? He said so he
could get done sooner. lol. I said you are already going to get out the end of
may. Lets just enjoy the rest of our summer vacation. ok? He begrudgingly
Last year when doing our multiple appoints at Childrens to get some of his
learning disabilities diagnosed they said he most likely had ADHD. hmmmm.... 3
different doctors there. Now personally I do not see it. I see his challenges
as that he is creative and VERY smart and artsy. He likes to be physically
active but so do I. I did pick him up some supplements our local doctor recommended
though - serotonin dopamine and also one called ZEN. (here is a link to this supplement : http://www.allergyresearchgroup.com/200-mg-of-Zen-60-Vegetarian-Caps-p-5.html This stuff is really good.) We have learned some tools to help though with his challenges and also I need to get him a program called Dragon Speak still. ( http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&keywords=dragon%20speak&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Adragon%20speak&page=1)
I am looking forward to seeing how this year goes in comparison. Thankfully
my doctors are not so quick to push the drugs. They would choose to use a more
alternative route which fits with the life i choose to lead and the route I am
also currently choosing for my children.
Sometimes I wonder if sometimes brightness, creative and extra energy does
not get mistaken for ADHD? The other people who interact with my son say no he
doesn't have it. But those 3 doctors & supposed "specialists" when dealing
with kids were sure that he does have it.
Is our society now just more apt to diagnose children as having this?
Whatever happened to youthful energy? Yes my son does have some trouble with
staying on task and the doctors have said it is a good thing he is homeschooling
as I can easily guide him back on track. I dont personally see it as a
problem. I know he is smart and needs to stay challenged but that he also needs
some breaks to go and run around and burn off some energy. I love working with
him and honestly I hope his creativity and amazing energy is NEVER stifled.
My little Yman, he on the other hand DEFINITELY had ADHD. There was no doubt
in my mind about that. Did they diagnose him with it? YES! Did I choose to medicate him? no. We went a different
route. We put him on the GAPS diet. dont know about that look at www.gapsdiet.com This helped him
tremendously!!!! He went from having the attention span of literally ONE second!
To actually being able to learn and think and comprehend!!! Does that mean that
his boundless energy just went away or that he was a total zombie. No it
doesn't. He still required some extra effort to stay on task but he did a GREAT
job and the improvement well I could not have asked or hoped for more.
Personally I think that diet plays a huge role in this. We in this society
choose to fill our children full of sugar and soda and candy and cookies and
processed foods and we expect their bodies not to have any consequences. Well
guess what???!!! Eating that stuff is going to have some sort of consequence to
the body. Whether it comes in the form of behavioral issues, mental issues, or
physical ailments ie. the increased rate of childhood asthma, diabetes and
obesity. WHAT are we doing to our children???!!! We want the ease of
convenience but at the same time we are single-handedly destroying our childrens
health. We dont want them to be hyperactive because of said diet so then we
Now I am not saying that no children need the medicine. Some may. I am just
saying that before choosing the route of popping the pill maybe we need to look
at other avenues first. Will I ever choose to medicate my son. No. Keeping
his diet clean and giving him these supplements seem to be helping. Also
helping stimulate his creative side with art, acting and music classes also
helps and play dates with friends. Personally I dont see his "symptoms" as
being a problem. Am i just in "denial"??? No. I dont think so. This is just
the path I am choosing for us and it works. I would encourage everyone to try a
diet change before popping a medication but that is just my perspective. Our
bodies were meant to work and function in a certain matter and if for some
reason they are not well we should try to get to the root cause of why. Not
just treat symptoms.
That is one thing I have hated about dealing with doctors over the last few
years - so many of them justwant to treat "symptoms" why not get down to the
If you change your diet and give it time and no changes. Well then maybe it
is time to look at a different option. Sometimes a combo of things works. For
Yman it was diet change, supplements (we used some different ones for him), and OT that helped him the most. He was a totally different kid after 2 years of this. I am thankful I was able to help
him find that and hope that he is able to maintain that place where he is
Am I judging you if you choose a different path; of course not! And please dont take my ramblings as being as such. I just dont believe that doctors provide enough options (for the most part - some are awesome and really do want to help!) I think parents need to be more educated in their choices, that is all. Find out ALL of your options before opting for the most heavily pushed one. There may be a more suitable one for you out there that you have not learned about yet. And if your or child HAS ADHD and this is what you are doing and your tried diet change. Please know i respect each persons ability and choice to do what is best for them and their children. I am only throwing out other options and my own personal observations and the experiences I have had within my own life.