Many parents are worried about ADHD medications. There are several reasons for this. One is that no one seems to know exactly how they work and secondly there are severe doubts about their efficacy in the long term. Then there are all the concerns about the risks and health hazards associated with these meds. In this article I want to outline some of these problems and suggest alternatives.
Strangely enough, the psychostimulants such as Adderall, Concerta, and Ritalin do stimulate the whole organism, it seems. That would suggest that all ADHD kids would become hyperactive. Actually, the increase in the levels of dopamine, one of the neurotransmitters to help us focus and pay attention, seems to work in calming down the children and allowing them to concentrate much better.
But the side effects of such stimulants on the heart and other bodily functions is worrying and also the fact that insomnia, drowsiness and loss of appetite can affect many children negatively. There is understandable concern that prolonged use may lead to aggression and paranoia. There are risks of heart disease and even strokes.
So what is the alternative to ADHD medications? Before we look at that, I should mention that the work of Dr William Pelham of the University at Buffalo, has earmarked very clearly what the problems are with these medications. His research shows that after about three years, the beneficial effects seem to wear off and we are back to square one.
His work at the Center For Families and Children at the University has led the way in many respects as regards ADHD. His great contribution has been to emphasise that the use of ADHD medications alone will not work. They must be supplemented with child behavior modification or simply parenting skills. He is convinced that the medication can be reduced and even eliminated completely if a proper child behavior plan is implemented.
I know many parents have used homeopathic remedies instead of ADHD medications while they have implemented child behavior modification. They have been delighted with the results. The main reason is that there are no side effects and the long term health risks just do not exist. If you decide that hyperactive children should not be calmed down with dangerous drugs, then the answer will be found on my website. There I have outlined how these preparations can be successfully used to help your child lead a much happier life. Don't you owe it to your child to check this out?About the Author:
Yes, you CAN raise happier, calmer and better behaved children. Discover the alternatives to ADHD medications which can turn your child around. Experts now tell us that child behavior modification combined with a natural treatment for ADHD is by far the most effective ADHD treatment. Visit http://www.child-behavior-home.com to find out more about ADHD child behavior problems.