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Alternative to ADHD Drugs

Alternative to ADHD Drugs

Josh Goulding was diagnosed with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in second grade, after his impulsive and disruptive behavior frequently landed him in the school principal’s office. “Over several years, I was put on a whole gamut of drugs, and nothing worked well,” says Goulding, now 24. By his second year at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, Goulding was still struggling to concentrate in classes and complete his work, and his medications were causing mood swings and irritability.

The Conventional Rx: Stimulant drugs, such as Ritalin and Adderall. Almost 4.5 million children between ages 4 and 17 are diagnosed with ADHD, and nearly half of them take prescription medications, often for years. Long term, these drugs may be physically and psychologically harmful, and side effects such as sleep disturbances, poor appetite, weight loss, and mood disorders can require further medication.

The Alternative Rx: Transcendental Meditation (TM). In the first study on ADHD and TM, middle-school-age children who did twice daily nonreligious meditations for 10 minutes reduced their stress levels by over 50 percent–resulting in fewer ADHD symptoms. “TM helps children focus on a special mantra or sound, which helps the child transcend mental busyness and stress,” says Sarina Grosswald, EdD, coauthor of the study. “This allows the child’s body to completely relax and his mind to stay fully awake without effort. The results are improved behavior, grades, creativity, and inner stability.”

The Outcome: Just before turning 21, Goulding attended a talk on TM and signed up to learn the technique. First, he started sleeping better. Then, finding it easier to focus and relate to others, his grades improved. When Goulding returned to his doctor, his blood pressure was lower (it had been borderline hypertensive before he started TM) and, even after he stopped taking ADHD medications, his grade-point average continued to rise.

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By Diana Reynolds Roome, Natural Solutions

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12:34PM PDT on May 17, 2013

Thanks

8:54AM PST on Jan 29, 2012

thanks

4:09AM PDT on Mar 29, 2011

One of the best Natural Cures for Attention Deficit Disorder is Ginko Biloba.

1:30AM PDT on Mar 29, 2011

If you know of someone who has been diagnosed with ADHD please, please, please look into other alternatives than psych drugs. The effects of these drugs can be catastrophic.

2:56PM PDT on Oct 8, 2010

My son was diagnosed as being ADHD when he was 13 yrs. of age. . .
He was "trying" to work within the "rules" from home and school, they didn't work. . .it was suggested that he attend a physiologist as he was (lacking) social skills. After attending the phonologist he confirmed that he was fighting the loosing battle with the ADHD as we had no knowledge of this. We were told that because we were "trying" to raise him in a christian home, with christian morals, that the school wasn't this way, that's where he was banging his head on the verbal brick wall. He was being abused by his teachers as well as his class mates. His class mates were being encouraged by the teacher to not like him.
We shortly signed him into Karate, he was very confident after this, he knew what to do to defend himself, he was on an anti depressant for his ADHD at the time, with the training of focus through the Karate, he was able to stop taking the medication and control himself totally. He is now 24 yrs. and going to open his own karate school to teach others with mental handicaps that they can control what they do and how to do it safely. . .THERE ARE POSITIVE WAYS TO HELP YOURSELF IF THERE IS ENOUGH DETERMINATION. . .there are also adults that have never been diagnosed in any form, yet are frustrated by not being able to keep a job, not knowing why. . .they can be taught as well. . .

8:57AM PDT on Sep 6, 2010

came across this in the last few days as well and with the way this article acts it is almost like validation for this theory. This article mentions how sleep is better with this method... check out this clip I have on my blog. They are saying that many kids may not even have ADHD that they instead might have completely curable sleep apnea that presents as ADHD... Tell me what you think. (this is not spam or an ad just a link to an article and youtube video on my personal blog)

http://blog.katmag.com/?p=17

I'm interested in hearing what you guys think of this theory?

5:03PM PDT on Aug 23, 2010

this is really helpful. My sister has been struggling with ADHD for years and my parents are considering putting her back on Adderall. If I can get her to sit down and actually do it, maybe it'll help.
Cheryl, I have to say that I believe a lot of minor mental disorders are over diagnosed, including ADD and ADHD, but they are true disorders, and can make it impossible to control your own mind. A lot of doctors are quick to diagnose and prescribe, but that isn't limited to mental disorders.

6:26AM PDT on Aug 2, 2010

There is always an alternative to drugs, the challenge is to not parade children around from practitioner to practitioner looking for that "thing " that is going to "fix" them .I encourage parents to do their own research and begin to implement changes in a positive way instead of a regimen, example: abrupt change in diet that could be perceived as punishment instead of a positive chosing and enjoyment of healthy foods that begin to replace the old snacks.

I am so grateful that I took the time as a parent to promote my son's spiritual growth more that his grades at a time when teachers and principles insisted that there was no way he could succeed in life if he was not on adhd drugs .
He is now a happy, well balanced, kind and incredibly creative 17 year old who has never been on meds. He thanks me for having stood up for him and for having found down right simple solutions.

http://www.wellness-life-coach.com/holistic-adhd-coaching.html

9:31AM PDT on Jul 31, 2010

I am glad to see that there are those considering other options, rather than immediately giving medication.

9:29AM PDT on Jul 31, 2010

Certainly TM can be a source of great stress relief, though I think it may not be practical in application for a young child who has been diagnosed ADHD. I have good things about Bio-Feedback - perhaps it might be a good alternative if trying to avoid or decrease medication or as a precursor to TM. Please keep in mind that Bio-feedback requires consistent commitment 2-3 times a week for months before full effects can gaged.

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