Natural Remedies for ADHD (Alternatives to Ritalin & Adderall), via Herbalist Brigitte Mars.

Via on Oct 2, 2008

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~ Albert Einstein

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Funny thing is, A.D.H.D., or A.D.D. as it used to be known, didn’t “exist” 20 years ago. It’s as if a group of drug manufacturers gather around a conference table every once in a while and choose a different unlikable part of the human condition (Depression! Sleeplessness! Anxiety! Stress!), then manufacture and market drugs to match. But drugs, all too often, have their own side effects—and rarely get at the root of whatever issue they’re designed to address.

Now, A.D.H.D. is real enough. Create a society without gaps in activities: “Walking half a block? Waiting for a bus? Check text or call someone on your phone!,” where we often eat bad food on the go or even standing up…a society without meditation in the morning or prayer on Sundays…and you’re going to create individuals who have a hard time focusing, relaxing—whose attention is split into a million little pieces. ~ Waylon Lewis, ed.

Contributing factors to Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (A.D.H.D.) include birth trauma, brain injury, environmental toxins (molds, heavy metals and chemicals), genetics, loud music, fluorescent lighting and stress. Those with A.D.H.D. may have had digestive, respiratory and ear disorders early in life—all signals of food allergies.

The easiest factor to change is…diet. Blood sugar imbalance, nutritional deficiency, sugar, caffeine (while in the womb and being nursed) and food allergies can make one prone to A.D.H.D. Wheat, dairy, eggs, tomatoes, corn, soy, sugar, peanuts, shellfish, citrus, peanuts, yeast and chocolate can be allergenic. Keep a food journal to determine what foods have an effect.

Hydrogenated oils, artificial colorings, chemical sweeteners (including possibly-carcinogenic aspartame, found in “sugar free” foods and drinks such as Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi) and meats treated with nitrates can cause problems. Better to eat a piece of fruit than drink fruit juice (which elevates blood sugar). Refined grains like bread, cereals, and potatoes are high glycemic—opt for whole grains, brown rice and sweet potatoes instead. Avoid heated oils, including margarine and peanut butter.

Changing a child’s diet works best when the whole family improves theirs. Encourage peaceful mealtimes: before sitting down to eat turn off phones, say whatever blessing is appropriate to your family. During the meal, try to speak calmly and eat slowly, paying attention to taste. Green vegetables, including celery and cucumbers are cooling to an overly heated condition. Sea vegetables provide trace minerals and brain nourishing D.H.A. (an essential omega-3 fatty acid). Wild salmon or sardines provide beneficial essential fatty acids (raw tahini is a good vegan source). Organic foods and pure water minimize and eliminate toxins. Pack lunch rather than purchase one.

Sleepytime: create a mellow, loving environment. Encourage deep breathing. Strive for regular meals and bedtimes. Get rid of clutter. Provide soft, natural lighting. Clean the house of smoke, molds and chemical fumes. Protect children’s developing nervous systems by keeping beds away from sources of electromagnetic pollution (radios, cell phones, TVs). Play relaxing music. A little waterfall can have a serene effect.

Spend time in nature—gardening, hiking and yard work. Yoga aligns the chakras, helping to streamline tangled energy. Martial arts and exercise focus and use up excessive energy. Find an activity you or your child enjoys and is good at. Encourage followthrough and completion. I find knitting, drawing, sewing and crochet to be grounding.

Breaking tasks into small portions helps avoid overwhelm. Give specific praise for positive behavior. Be consistent, and patient. Avoid loud, crowded places and chaotic situations.

Spend one-on-one time daily. Physical contact like hugging and massage can stimulate endorphins (a good thing). Cranial sacral work can relieve pressure upon the brain stem. Neurofeedback (or biofeedback) helps train the brain’s ability to function normally.

Spend more time reading and playing games. Minimize T.V. and video games. Many T.V., websurfing and video games keep one indoors and promote frantic messages, constant visual changes, violence and hyper chatter. (However, games like wilddivine.com can encourage serenity and mental abilities.) Watch favorite programs together and only after chores and homework.

Encourage hands-on learning. Don’t spend long periods of time near distractions such as pencil sharpeners and areas of traffic. Consider tutoring, alternative schooling, smaller classes.

Herbal tinctures can help A.D.H.D. Look for tinctures in vegetable glycerin rather than alcohol. Herbs that improve A.D.H.D. include calming and intelligence-enhancing Bacopa, Catnip, Lemon balm, Passionflower and Saint John’s wort.

Herbal baths can provide relaxation. Beneficial aromas include orange, lavender, peppermint and rosemary. They can be used as inhalations with three drops placed on a handkerchief and ten deep inhalations taken. Five drops can be added to baths.

Natural possibilities can always be tried before resorting to drugs. Calcium and magnesium have muscle relaxing properties and aid sleep. A yeast-free B-complex vitamin has a calming effect, improves neurotransmission and appetite. G.T.F. chromium keeps blood sugar levels stable and decreases cravings. D.H.A. made from fish oils or algaes improve focus and intelligence. Digestive enzymes bromelain and papain reduce inflammation and help to calm uneven moods. G.A.B.A. (gamma amino butyric acid) helps protect the brain from excitatory/anxiety-related messages.

Brigitte Mars—author of Rawsome! & Beauty by Nature and member of The American Herbalist—teaches at Naropa University and the Boulder College of Massage Therapy. For workshops & more: brigittemars.com

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31 Responses to “Natural Remedies for ADHD (Alternatives to Ritalin & Adderall), via Herbalist Brigitte Mars.”

  1. Dominique says:

    I like this article because it’s totally true. I’ve been getting my graduate degree in in the urban teacher program at Boston College, and last year I had a real hot mess of a class, at a school I taught at in West Cambridge, Mass. Most of my students were in the second and third grade and some of them still couldn’t read. Specialists actually talked to me about it. And, when I did my own little inquiry, I did find that my kids labeled ADD, ADHD, or other learning and behavioral “issues” had the WORST eating habits.

  2. Vince Golubic says:

    My son has ADHD symptoms and is failing his school work this year.Our other son is fdoing great. We suspect diet is hurting one, while the other eats similar foods and is not affected. Video games (repetitive stimulation of certain behaviors) is another concern we have. The schools now use computers to reinforce mathematics memorization and reading tests. However, we feel strongly that this opens a pandoras box to brain stimulation for ADHD prone kids like ours.

    We will be exploring food choices. Other than just stopping the schools use use of computer based learning (a great tool)what can be done reduce the influence of ‘game addictive behaviors’ that we feel also enhance ADHD (our feelings). Are there any studies on ADHD and computer use?

    Vince in Texas

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  4. Bonnie K says:

    My 5 yr old grandsons teacher seems to think he is showing signs of ADHD. My daughter will not put him on medication. His eating habits are horrible! I blame his mom and dad for that! I hope to be able to "work" with them and get my grandson on the right track with healthier eating habits and more personal interaction with mom and dad.

  5. swati jr* says:

    transcendental meditation and adhd: http://adhd-tm.org/

  6. elephantjournal.com
    An important question: a friend of mine has a kid whose doctor and therapist and dad all want him on drugs. Are there effective natural remedies? Brigitte, above, knows as well as just about anyone.

    Jessi
    yes it did exist…i know ppl who were on ritalin….i heard of add 20 yrs ago and ritalin…ppl like to preach that a lot i think its funny and pathethic at the same time

    and there is a difference between the 2…either u ar hyper or ur not….someone is uneducated….

    Jess
    yes there are effective natural remedies.Their name is "Love"!

    Tia
    check out http://www.neuro-fit.com Dr. Jim Costello he works with al kinds of kid on the spectrum and has amazing drug free results. feel free to contact him he is a good guy , father of 5 …

    Andrew
    Yoga is the best ADD medicine.

    Richard
    Many believe in EFAs, especially Omega-3. I've read recently that mindfulness meditation may help with working memory, which may be the "root cause" of the symptom.

    I highly recommend your friend read anything by Thomas Armstrong <http://www.thomasarmstrong.com/books_videos.htm&g… and also Doris Rapp <http://www.drrapp.com/publications.htm&gt;. Have her contact a board-certified physician in Allergy and Environmental Medicine.

    Peter Conrad's "Identifying Hyperactive Children" (1976) is evidence for the social construction of this condition and part of a broader trend of the medicalization of deviance <http://www.brandeis.edu/departments/sociology/con… These are scholarly ideas, but the practical take-away is that doctors and teachers extend professional courtesy to each other. The "test" for ADD/ADHD is highly subjective and when parents and teachers disagree on a child's behavior, doctors side with teachers (even though parents may be paying them)…. See More

    Alternative schooling may also be a practical consideration. Armstrong makes the point that our schools can be "one size fits all," and children may have to find a niche elsewhere that fits their learning styles.

    This is a hard fight for any parent, and I would recommend relevant spiritual resources to bolster your friend's resolve. The reward is a free and healthy child who will grow up to be a free and purposeful adult.

  7. elephantjournal.com
    An important question: a friend of mine has a kid whose doctor and therapist and dad all want him on drugs. Are there effective natural remedies? Brigitte, above, knows as well as just about anyone.

    Jessi
    yes it did exist…i know ppl who were on ritalin….i heard of add 20 yrs ago and ritalin…ppl like to preach that a lot i think its funny and pathethic at the same time

    and there is a difference between the 2…either u ar hyper or ur not….someone is uneducated….

    Jess
    yes there are effective natural remedies.Their name is "Love"!

    Tia
    check out http://www.neuro-fit.com Dr. Jim Costello he works with al kinds of kid on the spectrum and has amazing drug free results. feel free to contact him he is a good guy , father of 5 …

    Andrew
    Yoga is the best ADD medicine.

    Richard
    Many believe in EFAs, especially Omega-3. I've read recently that mindfulness meditation may help with working memory, which may be the "root cause" of the symptom.

    I highly recommend your friend read anything by Thomas Armstrong <http://www.thomasarmstrong.com/books_videos.htm&g… and also Doris Rapp <http://www.drrapp.com/publications.htm&gt;. Have her contact a board-certified physician in Allergy and Environmental Medicine.

    Peter Conrad's "Identifying Hyperactive Children" (1976) is evidence for the social construction of this condition and part of a broader trend of the medicalization of deviance <http://www.brandeis.edu/departments/sociology/con… These are scholarly ideas, but the practical take-away is that doctors and teachers extend professional courtesy to each other. The "test" for ADD/ADHD is highly subjective and when parents and teachers disagree on a child's behavior, doctors side with teachers (even though parents may be paying them)…. See More

    Alternative schooling may also be a practical consideration. Armstrong makes the point that our schools can be "one size fits all," and children may have to find a niche elsewhere that fits their learning styles.

    This is a hard fight for any parent, and I would recommend relevant spiritual resources to bolster your friend's resolve. The reward is a free and healthy child who will grow up to be a free and purposeful adult.

    • Pam says:

      effective natural remedies "love"…. obviously you dont have a child that has been diagnosed with ADHD, by a neuropsychiatrist.. or had a neuropsych eval….I" love" my 2 boys but sometimes that is not enough….

  8. elephantjournal.com
    An important question: a friend of mine has a kid whose doctor and therapist and dad all want him on drugs. Are there effective natural remedies? Brigitte, above, knows as well as just about anyone.

    Jessi
    yes it did exist…i know ppl who were on ritalin….i heard of add 20 yrs ago and ritalin…ppl like to preach that a lot i think its funny and pathethic at the same time

    and there is a difference between the 2…either u ar hyper or ur not….someone is uneducated….

    Jess
    yes there are effective natural remedies.Their name is "Love"!

    Tia
    check out http://www.neuro-fit.com Dr. Jim Costello he works with al kinds of kid on the spectrum and has amazing drug free results. feel free to contact him he is a good guy , father of 5 …

    Andrew
    Yoga is the best ADD medicine.

    Richard
    Many believe in EFAs, especially Omega-3. I've read recently that mindfulness meditation may help with working memory, which may be the "root cause" of the symptom.

    I highly recommend your friend read anything by Thomas Armstrong <http://www.thomasarmstrong.com/books_videos.htm&g… and also Doris Rapp <http://www.drrapp.com/publications.htm&gt;. Have her contact a board-certified physician in Allergy and Environmental Medicine.

    Peter Conrad's "Identifying Hyperactive Children" (1976) is evidence for the social construction of this condition and part of a broader trend of the medicalization of deviance <http://www.brandeis.edu/departments/sociology/con… These are scholarly ideas, but the practical take-away is that doctors and teachers extend professional courtesy to each other. The "test" for ADD/ADHD is highly subjective and when parents and teachers disagree on a child's behavior, doctors side with teachers (even though parents may be paying them)…. See More

    Alternative schooling may also be a practical consideration. Armstrong makes the point that our schools can be "one size fits all," and children may have to find a niche elsewhere that fits their learning styles.

    This is a hard fight for any parent, and I would recommend relevant spiritual resources to bolster your friend's resolve. The reward is a free and healthy child who will grow up to be a free and purposeful adult.

  9. Pamela
    Oh it did exist. It was once considered a moral defect. The first clinical classification was labeled in 1902 as “Morbid Defect of Moral Control”. Those with the most severe symptoms were often simply placed in psychiatric institutions. As someone who has add, it unnerves me when it's treated as a "new" or "silly" disorder that occurs from poor parenting or inadequate exercise.

    Scott
    Pamela is correct. It was also know as minimal brain dysfunction when I was a kid. ADD will most likely be split out again froom ADHD in the DSM-V and more attention will be paid to the impulsive criteria.

    Pat
    IMHO: I think half of kids diagnosed as ADD/ADHD are just in need of discipline. Kids today growing up in day care and after school care are sadly in need of discipline. The parents don't want to deal with discipline after working all day and want to leave it to day care and others.

    Bryan
    IMHO. you are all wrong. It's a right brain/left brain thing. Schools are set up by left brain folks to teach left brain kids. The others hang em up. Simple. I got one of these kids DO NOT GIVE THEM DRUGS.

    Penelope
    Homeopathy can be very effective. read Ulman/Reichenberg-Ullman and find a classical homeopath.

    PS. stimulant drugs for 'hyperactivity' conditions in children have been used in the US since the late 1930s.

    Kristin
    thx for the article! Great info in here!

    Sondra
    I gently call you out. It did exist over 20 years ago. My next door neighbor's oldest son was diagnosed with a hyperactive disorder in 1977, he was a devil on wagon wheels. The doctor removed additives from his diet- everything from cereal to toothpaste. I have a son who is borderline ADD…After 7 months of medication (five years ago) we said 'no… See More more'. The meds will definitely give you the 'A' student, but takes away the personality, (sometimes delayed growth) and vitality of your child. We know it is hard for him in high school, but he will be healthy long term. Some kids will need this medication, but many do not. It is an exhaustive but comforting search for the best option for your child.

    Mb
    Last week while driving to school my 11 year old started a conversation with me like this, " Right before the test when I was coming into my breath I felt calm, like I knew the work!" I applauded his practice! That made me so happy! We practice guided meditation and it is the best clearly an effective strategy, if he can learn to practice on his … See Moreown, this will take time.
    My son is diagnosed with ADHD combined type and has a reading disability. I am contemplating medication as the dyslexia impacts his learning.
    A great book to read is called Techniques to Cultivate Inner Strength in Children Building Emotional Intelligence by Linda Lantieri and practices guided by Daniel Goleman!

  10. Darrin
    Thank you very much for this book recommendation, Mb.

    Jessi
    people who say all add/adhd kids need is love and discipline are uneducated and full of shit. discipline and love have nothin to do with a child's ability/inability to focus or be able to control themselves. i have add and still have focusing probs…my son has adhd severly and without meds he CANNOT focus or control himself. the diff in meds vs. … See Morenon meds…he can focus and control himself on meds. he is bright and could be a straight a student without the adhd……some ppl need to actually read and find out the probs kids have that has nothing to do with love and discipline. i once said my kids will never be on meds…my son is not on meds for me he is on meds for him…so he can have an easier life Doreen
    Hear Hear Jessi, I only got diagnosed with ADD a couple of years ago & if it wasn't for my ex-biz partner & having to now run Plank by myself, I don't think I would have bothered with meds. However, when I'm shipping 2 bags i/o of 1 or a Plank yoga mat i/o Cobra or worse still adding an extra 0 onto vendor checks, I don't have the luxury of time or financing to see if homeopathic or holistic treatments could work for me.

    If I'd stayed in employment with the confines of a boss & other corporate structures to act as a double check or been a stay at home mother, then this would be a different case…

    I do think that a lack of parenting can lead to undisciplined children, but not all of these kids have ADHD. An attention deficit is not only a Hyper kid's issue, I actually have ADD, and Hyper is definitely not one of my characteristics. … See More

    If my children become diagnosed w/ADHD or ADD, I would try my hardest to avoid a lifetime of meds, but depending on the severity, I would review it in terms of lifestyle for my child. Thus for me the holistic ADHD remedies noted, I would give a try and obviously I practice yoga, but at the moment it's a back up plan for an ADD cure for me. So for now, until proven otherwise, meditation & medication is my mantra…

    Ehron
    I am still recovering from my 9 year prescribed addiction to Adderall. I have been off of it for a year. Besides the fact that it gave me heart problems, turned me into an aggressive, obsessive compulsive amphetamine addict… it turned out that after 9 years my doctors decided that I had been misdiagnosed all along. It is believed that the correct… See More diagnoses was bi-polar. Bi-Polar is often misdiagnosed as ADD/ADHD. This is a problem for many reasons. Not least among them is that ADD/ADHD medicines will often make bi-polar symptoms worse.

    Always look into non-medication options, and get multiple opinions from several doctors before settling on a diagnosis.

    Diane
    Psychiatric diagnoses are subjective. Period. Caveat emptor. Look at all alternatives – diet, exercise, mindfulness training, reduced stimulation, classroom size, and medication if needed. Just be aware that there are multiple influences at play when it comes to diagnosis. As regards medication, there is always an unintended consequence, so be careful. BTW, I am a retired mental health practitioner.

    Mark
    The reason that psychiatric diagnostics are changing is because psychiatry baloney. Meds are nothing more than a very bad patch job on a wounded Psyche… these so called doctors don't know wtf they are doing. They told me I was bi-polar and that I would need to be on drugs for the rest of life… I said no thanks.

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  13. BillCherryJr says:

    odd. I'm 47 yrs old and I was diagnosed as adhd and was put on riddlin as a child. I raised 3 girls who were definitely active and many folks told me they were probably adhd. The truth? They learned everything really fast and got bored. So, they got into mischief to keep themselves entertained. Just like me. I honestly believe that adhd is a crock of BS. It is a lame excuse for parents who can not or will not devote enough time to keep the brain of the child tasked. After the protest of my grandmother my mother put me in Montesorri schools and all was fine until my military Dad got transferred and i was placed back into schools on the Posts. I could not afford Montessori school for my girls so they went to magnet schools which seemed to help them excell.
    Diet may have something to do with it. But I believe, sincerely, that the child just needs to have their interest piqued by compelling and interesting subjects.
    That is my opinion.

  14. yogimarra says:

    I teach children with severe ADHD (which, actually is still different from plain old ADD) in a self-contained class at a special education school. When *diagnosed correctly*, it is a very real disorder. There are plenty of disorders that didn't "exist" 20 years ago because they were all lumped together as "mentally retarded". That being said, I agree that it is often over-diagnosed and that many children may be over-medicated. I don't doubt that many of the possible solutions could be very helpful to most of my students, I just would have appreciated a better understanding of the true disorder in the beginning of the article.

  15. Kayla says:

    YEAH!

  16. elephantjournal says:

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    Michael Tuchman We know more about the brain now than we did 20 years ago, and this conspiracy theory does not help true sufferers. I really wish this journal would stop running stories that perpetuate this myth.

    Mike Cullen
    thank you Michael. I have A.D.H.D. Don't try living with it , hell try to survive with it !! try to cope with the simplest of tasks when others about you have long moved on. Sleepytime?? I am 51. I am not pouring my life out on facebook but… this is some of the most irresponsible information I have seen ….do you check your contributors information with professionals? thank God a drug company created something so I could survive.

    This is the type of information that low income families are likely to chase to save money while their children suffer enormousley…

    #
    Melanie Merle Root The answer is YES!

    #
    Adenia Linker To the two Mikes: while I empathize with your personal suffering not all cases of ADD/ADHD benefit from pharmaceutical intervention. All of the suggestions would be beneficial in addition to your treatment choices. We should be educated enough about any form of intervention to make the correct choice for our unique child.

    #
    Mike Cullen personally I am very well educated on the subject as I was diagnosed 32 years ago. And I have tried many alternatives and have actually lived med free for periods of time which isnt the best but it is a choice.

    sorry….hit enter and is well enters…lol….one: ADD has been around more than 20 years. And two: everyone needs to be educated re: "It's as if a group of drug manufacturers gather……" so I totally agree Adenia….we need to look at …ALL choices avaliable…..smudging drug manufacturers is not the answer……these are also the people who manufacture insulin and have provided us with chemo therapy……fixed heart conditions and saved lives.
    #
    Brigitte Mars Just so you all know, that article was pieced together from things I wrote several years ago in another magazine (Nexus). I never wrote that ADHD was a disorder, or a fabrication of drug companies. I do howeve support looking at food sensitivities and herbs as alternative choices. All the best!

    Righto, Brigitte, if the haters would bother reading the article before commenting, they'd see that bit was the introduction, and not by you. ~ W.

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    One note about "blaming diet for ADHD and ADD," eating the things your body reacts to can be a way of naturally looking for stimulation to help with focus and calming. In the long run, it does the opposite, but without diagnosis, food is another way that ADHDers gravitate toward the things that can help (like nicotine, caffeine, cocaine, stimulants, etc) They can easily be another indicator of ADHD or ADD as well as a contributor to increased symptoms.

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  22. anne says:

    My son has ADHD and is 6 years old. We have not medicated him yet—but probably will. He's a happy bouncy fella!! But he bounces so much he hurts himself many times a day. He plays outside, he eats lots of healthy foods every day, we have quiet time and read to him daily. At school, he couldn't sit with the rest of the class on the carpet so they had to provide him with his own carpet. He gets introuble at school more than most. My son has food allergies too. My son has to do homework standing up. He has never sat through an entire dinner because his body can't sit still (though we make him sit back down again and again.) I'm a stickler and don't let my child live wildly. So you're saying I he should just live this way, constantly bouncing off the walls. He wishes he could control himself more…

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  24. L Manduchi says:

    There is no doubt in my mind that some of your suggestions might be somewhat helpful to some of the people who suffer from ADHD but there are many who would not be able to have anything resembling a normal life with out the benefit of the prescribed medications. My daughter is 33 years old and has suffered from this condition her whole life. We always ALWAYS fed her good healthy nutritionally dense foods, regulated her TV time and encouraged physical activity and outdoor sports. It may have helped (don't know because there was not control group for her) but it didn't change the fact that she needed help. Just to get through the school day for God's sake. One of her daughters is also ADHD. If you could spend one day in a class room with her when she is not on her medication, you would be singing a different song. Please stop publishing information that has no basis in actual facts. ADHD has been around for as long as humans have. The fact that it has gotten more press in the last 20 years does not mean it is a brand new condition created by the medical profession. Get your facts straight!

    • Sara says:

      My thoughts exactly! I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 5 years old and I would not be where I am today without the help of medication and behavior modification therapy. I hate reading this crap!

  25. ashleywells1 says:

    I totally agree with alternative treatments for ADHD. I have read a blog yesterday and this kid suffered behavioral problems under ADHD. He said he undergone pharmaceutical treatments but that didn't last instead he forced himself into sports and focused to his education. See? Everything is worth a try as long as everyone in the family is motivated and willing to help.

    There's this one site that can also help a parent improve their child's focus, concentration and attention.

  26. Ryan Winborn says:

    I feel that this article was written in error.

    I am 38 years old and have dealt with ADHD my entire life. I was diagnosed at age 7.

    According to the first paragraph after the Einstein quote your article claims ADHD was not around 20 years ago. This is incorrect information.

    Having to deal with getting a prescription for Ritalin filled is torture. No call ins no refills and no writing a new script if it gets stolen lost or damaged. I admit the disorder is over diagnosed today however, the incorrect information here is read and accepted as truth by many people.

    I enjoy your inspirational articles but this did hit pretty close to home.

  27. Amelia says:

    It is so important to get more information about alternatives to drugs . You have lots of useful information on this post . Thank you for writing it. I have been researching for different solutions myself, recently came across something called "bio feedback" . Do you have any thoughts on this?

  28. Pam says:

    so what are you saying? Do you think the meds he was on made him do these crazy things or is it his upbringing?

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