What else can I do besides Meds.... ??? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 10 Old 03-21-2012, 04:54 PM - Thread Starter
 
HollyNic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

  My son is 7 1/2 and has been on all types of medication and nothing seems to be working. He is on 50mg of Adderol and its not even having an effect. I dont want him on medication anymore if there is something else I could do to help him. Please give me some advice!

 

Thank you!

HollyNic is offline  
#2 of 10 Old 03-21-2012, 06:30 PM
 
mambera's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 1,308
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)

Do you think he would be capable of cooperating with neurofeedback training?

 

http://www.drakeinstitute.com/adhd-treatment


Me, DH, DD1 (5/2009) and DD2 (10/2011).
I'm not crunchy. I'm evidence-based.

Vaccines save lives.

mambera is offline  
#3 of 10 Old 03-22-2012, 06:20 AM
 
Emmeline II's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 8,832
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Has he been on different types or just several of the same type (such as methylphenidate)? If he has tried all types and had no improvement in symptoms I would consider revisiting the diagnosis with an interdisciplinary evaluation; we took ds to a hospital clinic after his initial diagnosis by a psychiatrist. I would do this before neurofeedback as the latter is very expensive, not normally covered by insurance, and doesn't seem to show results often enough to be considered a treatment for ADHD.

 

 

Generic Name Brand Name
dexmethylphenidate Focalin
dextroamphetamine Dexedrine

Dextroamphetamine

Dextrostat
lisdexamfetamine Vyvanse
methylphenidate Concerta

Daytrana

Metadate CD

Methylin

Ritalin
mixed salts amphetamine Adderall

 


"It should be a rule in all prophylactic work that no harm should ever be unnecessarily inflicted on a healthy person (Sir Graham Wilson, The Hazards of Immunization, 1967)."
Emmeline II is offline  
#4 of 10 Old 03-22-2012, 08:52 AM
 
SpottedFoxx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Philadelphia Area
Posts: 815
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Are you sure he has ADHD?  Have you tried removing food dyes and artificial flavoring from his diet (www.feingold.org)?   For some children, food dyes and flavorings can cause ADHD behaviors.

 

Also, has he been tested for central auditory processing disorder?  On the outside, CAPD and ADHD look almost identical in presentation.  However, the organic causes are different (ADHD being a brain wiring issue vs. CAPD being the brain is not processing information it hears correctly).  


Walking to raise money for Apraxia - feel free to join me if you are in the area or donate http://www.apraxia-kids.org/southjerseywalk/juliefoxx
SpottedFoxx is offline  
#5 of 10 Old 03-22-2012, 01:05 PM
 
*Aimee*'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 2,965
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Have you looked into Sensory Processing Disorder? I have ADHD and I had assumed thats what DS1 had because he had a lot of my issues, but he really has SPD and has been seeing an OT and it's been amazing. Even just the way we react to him now has made things so much better.

*Aimee* is offline  
#6 of 10 Old 03-23-2012, 07:18 AM
 
puzzlepeace's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 87
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

The thing that immediately comes to mind is are you confident in his dx? Beyond that there are other meds you can try, sometimes one might not work and another can be great.   Also have you ruled out allergies (seasonal are bad right now and can look like horrible behavior because kids struggle with coping skills on top of them, food allergies can cause issues with everything from skin to behavior), tried Feingold or similar dietary restrictions, and adjusted his environment to manage sensory issues?

 

Our experience was that dc is very sensitive and would react aggressively even with low doses to most, however is fine on a low dose of one of the xr ones.  We also realized dc has anxiety problems which can be made worse by adhd meds and would manifest through fight or flight behaviors.  It has taken a long time to get that far though and it only clips the tip of the iceberg!

 

 

puzzlepeace is offline  
#7 of 10 Old 03-31-2012, 04:35 PM
 
annalaurabrown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Utah
Posts: 6
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

There are essential oils that can work quite well. You can also find a good chiropractor that can work with you. Many people think they only deal with back pain but actually they can help with nutrition and other things that are helpful for ADHD. 


Learn health and healing naturally.

http://healthandwealthwithoils.com

 

annalaurabrown is offline  
#8 of 10 Old 04-04-2012, 07:04 PM
 
EZTanks_Mom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Cali
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

My ex and I would send his daughter to school with coffee. She had to keep it at her desk so hence it was only for class time.  The caffine would allow her to focus as best as she could. It worked for a very long time. Following that I knew a gal that used chocolate cover coffee beans on her pre-teen, I would of course try coffee in small doses at home. If it works for your little one then you could work on how much is needed during class. 

EZTanks_Mom is offline  
#9 of 10 Old 04-05-2012, 09:24 AM
 
RiverTam's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Posts: 935
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

1. Martial arts classes can help teach concentration and focus. 

 

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0193397304000309

 

2. Some video games also help teach concentration and focus.

 

http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/798.html

RiverTam is offline  
#10 of 10 Old 04-09-2012, 03:49 PM
 
orlakelly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Ireland
Posts: 37
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Hi our paed wanted to put my son on meds for ADD but it turned out he really didn't have ADD but there was alot of stuff going on inside him. We got urine biochemistry done and put him on v specific supplements replacing what his body was missing and it worked wonders-good luck x

orlakelly is offline  
Reply

Tags
Special Needs Parenting

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off