My daughtera are 6 and 7 they have different sympoms related to adhd, I even have a few symptoms as well. However I do not want to use meds. I have my them on a herbal med called attend and a vitamin called calm. I know I need a more routine schedule but I work and its really hard. I get frusterated easily although I try not to. I just need any advice. My oldest is worried about her weight and apperence way to much. My youngest even has signs of ocd and autism (a lot of the signs are the same but still worries me). Any ideas would help!Answer Question
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Answer by bradymommy at 9:23 AM on Jan. 17, 2011
I understand about not wanting medication. I am a therapist and most of the parents I work with do not initially want to try medication or have reservations and are nervous about it. I will say this: medication is not a cure but there are some really good options available now as opposed to even just ten years ago. Best course of known current treatment according to most ADHD experts - medication, therapy, exercise, and diet. Sounds simple but it really isn't. Therapy comes in several forms. I like support groups for parents. Parenting a child with ADHD and other comorbid disorders is difficult. Also social skills education for children is helpful. Anxiety and depression are two additional issues very common with people who live with ADHD. Because the child is always waiting for the other shoe to drop. It is anxiety producing to know you are being told you don't listen, you can't follow directions, ect...
Answer by frogdawg at 10:22 AM on Jan. 17, 2011
Also that you have trouble with your peers. Very depressing when you want to be liked and included but the symptoms of ADHD take over and many other kids don't find that appealing in a friend. Then of course individual (CBT - cognitive behavioral therapy) and family therapy. I say family because if you have any child in the home with ADHD you all live with ADHD. I have found exercise is helpful for managing symptoms of depression and anxiety for many of my families. Diet for any person is a no brainer. The more processed junk anyone has the worst their body is able to process and preform at an optimal level. I have ADHD. My four year old I see some areas of concern. And like many parents I will try other things before medication. But I will choose medication over depression, anxiety, social and academic issues. It is not poor parenting - its medical.
Answer by frogdawg at 10:30 AM on Jan. 17, 2011
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