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Just starting out, My 8 yr. daughter has a ADD diag. we have been avoiding the meds. issue . My husband is in denile. We live with my Mother-In -law, she practices Natural Health. looking for a direction for my husband.

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Asked by lucybigred26 at 11:38 AM on Oct. 26, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • What's the question?

    Answer by Gailll at 11:50 AM on Oct. 26, 2009

  • I believe that medications should be a last resort for ADD/ADHD.
    There are many therapists who work with people who have ADD/ADHD; they teach them not just coping skills, but how to use ADD/ADHD as an advantage in their lives. Thom Hartmann has written extensively on this topic; you should be able to find his books art your local library, there is lots of information at his website: You may also want to explore how foods affect behavior, either from the Feingold Organization ( or another source. We eat a "clean" diet; no processed foods, no chemical additives, no meat, very little dairy
    My daughter's attention issues were helped dramatically by fish oil supplements (though we have since switched her to hemp oil). It is important to use a good brand, like Nordic Naturals; it takes about 8 weeks to become effective.

    Answer by rkoloms at 11:56 AM on Oct. 26, 2009

  • i agree with both of the first two posts.

    what's the question?
    and medications for ADD/ADHD are WAY over rated. there are much healthier ways to manage a person with this condition.

    Answer by outstandingLove at 12:00 PM on Oct. 26, 2009

  • To add to rkoloms, B vitamins can be very beneficial, too. I had a friend of mine die from Ritalin, so I'm very much an advocate or controling ADD/ADHD with natural treatments. Also, look at her diet. My daughter (and my brother and cousin) all will act out after having Red 40 food dye. She could very well not be ADD at all, but be getting too much sugar or be having a reaction to different dyes (you'd be amazed at what foods they're in).

    Also, this question would probably be better asked in the "Health" section...more people will read it.

    Answer by beadingmom17 at 12:06 PM on Oct. 26, 2009

  • Get her eyes checked. Read my journal about it If you want.

    Answer by lovinangels at 12:38 PM on Oct. 26, 2009

  • This question should probably be posted in the Health or General Parenting section.

    The is Politics and Current Events.


    Answer by Anonymous at 1:26 PM on Oct. 26, 2009


    Answer by jlizgar at 1:30 PM on Oct. 26, 2009

  • From CHADD:

    Effective treatment of AD/HD in children and teens requires a comprehensive approach that professionals call multimodal. This means that the best outcomes are achieved when multiple interventions work together as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. The elements of a multimodal treatment approach include:

    • Parent training
    • Behavioral intervention strategies
    • An appropriate educational program
    • Education regarding AD/HD
    • Medication, when necessary

    Positive behavior intervention can be critical. The most important techniques are consistency and positive reinforcement, in which the child is rewarded for desired behavior.


    Answer by Clairwil at 1:30 PM on Nov. 2, 2009

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