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The Benefits of Going Beyond Conventional Therapies for ADHD

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has the distinction of being the most thoroughly studied of all the behavioral/emotional disorders of childhood. 1 But despite the continuing focus on this disorder, experts in the topic acknowledge that many aspects of ADHD-from its etiology to the best form of treatment-continue to be poorly understood or controversial.

Two such controversies stem from the ADHD protocols of conventional medicine, which use subjective methods of diagnosis and mind-altering pharmaceuticals such as Ritalin® and Adderall.® Although these drugs are central nervous system stimulants, in the case of ADHD they have the paradoxical effect of calming the patient. Unfortunately, they also put the growing number of children and adolescents who are diagnosed with ADHD at risk of the adverse effects associated with these drugs, particularly methylphenidate (Ritalin®, Concerta®, Metadate®, Focalin®, Methylin®).

The negative effects range from insomnia and decreased appetite to movement disorders such as tics and the stunting of children’s growth. An analysis of orthodox medicine’s approach to diagnosing and treating ADHD will reveal the benefits of using more natural methods of treating the collection of symptoms now grouped under the ADHD label.