Characteristics of children with Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder:
The difference between ADD kids, and kids having some of these characteristics some of the time, is the intensity and severity of the symptoms
Most physicians and mental health professionals attribute ADD to an imbalance in transmitters within the brain, often Serotonin. When a study to this effect was done at the University of Georgia, it was found that, although there is evidence of neurological differences in children with ADD, no definite mechanism has been found for these differences. It may be more accurate to view the syndrome as a cluster of various behavioral deficits, including hyperactivity and impulsivity, which share a common response to psycho stimulants. This means neurotransmitter imbalance is an impressive way to explain ADD but remains questionable.
Researchers have concluded that every person with ADD has a deficiency or excess of one specific neurotransmitter. Researchers of the University of California recently reported finding the first abnormal gene associated with ADD. The gene controls Dopamine receptors in the brain. Children with a more severe form of ADD have an abnormality of this gene causing less sensitivity to dopamine, a neurotransmitter. Ritalin is known to stimulate dopamine release, perhaps accounting for the drug's efficiency.
There is a growing atmosphere of hurriedness, intensity and urgency. Children live with fear of missing something. We eat fast and play fast. We drink caffienated drinks/stimulants to keep up. Our society places little value on tranquility, quiet, solitude and the simple joy of being in nature.
Researchers at Yale University of Medicine, found that within a few hours after substantial sugar intake, children release large amounts of adrenaline, which causes shakiness, anxiety, excitement and concentration problems with decreased ability to focus. Those children who have eliminated allergen have not experienced a consistent and significant improvement in behavior or learning. It is helpful to remove or restrict the allergens.
Many experts have documented a hereditary aspect to ADD. Even if they have two parents with ADD and eat sugar all day, some children will develop ADD, and some will not.
Could it be that relative success in using stimulants for ADD is in fact because the physicians have stumbled upon a crude form of homeopathy? If stimulants can produce hyperactivity in healthy people, can they also cure it in those with ADD? If that is the case, what is lacking in conventional treatment with stimulants is the individualization of treatment which homeopathy offers.
Homeopaths choose a single remedy made from a substance that could produce the client's unique pattern of ADD symptoms, rather than trying to treat all clients with ADD with the same medicine.
Homeopathy uses only a single remedy because of the single principle that guides homeopathic practice, the law of Similars.
The challenge in homeopathy is to pick the one substance from nature that truly matches the client's symptoms. Rather than giving many different drugs to a client»a homeopath gives only one single natural remedy that is individualized according to the client's pattern of symptoms. The homeopath treats the person not the disease. This means that ten client's with ADD may need ten different homeopathic remedies based on their individual differences. The homeopathic remedy must match the symptom pattern to be effective. Although homeopathic remedies are made from substances which can cause symptoms if given too frequently or in too large a dose, in the microdoses used in treatment, the remedies are extremely safe. The homeopath will carefully interview you and your child, basing the remedy on the unique character of your child rather than results of psychological testing.
Remedies are regulated by FDA as over the counter drugs. Homeopathic pharmacies follow rigid guidelines established by the homeopathic pharmacopoeia of the U.S. They are available through health food stores.
Homeopaths are able to treatADD-ADHD effectively in many cases by bringing the individual into balance. Homeopaths treat people with symptoms of ADD. What is treated is the specific pattern of symptoms that an individual with diagnosis of ADD- ADHD presents. Only the one homeopathic remedy that specifically matches the unique symptoms of the individual will bring the balance.
This is the information that was shared in the first consultation by mom and DN. DN did not like going to school last year because he usually had to do 5 pages of homework when he would come home as he could not get it done in school because of his ADD symptoms. He likes to get good grades. Mom says this year he is frustrated with math homework. He thinks he is slower than other kids. He gets upset, and can not calm down. He is near tears every time when he is doing his homework. We keep on reminding him to calm down. He keeps on saying, “I need help, and I can not do it.” In the frustration he bangs the table. At home the rest of us need to be very patient with him. He needs help, as he is slow. He has to line decimal points clearly. He wants to get it done quickly and gets frustrated that he cannot. He likes to play with legos. He likes to be alone when he feels bad. He is easily short tempered. Math and spelling he needs help and he is couple years behind than where he should be for his age. He is doing better in reading class but he is still not up to reading level. He tries to read fast and skips words. He is not building up the comprehension. He has improved quite a bit over summer but they still have him in special group for reading. We are used to him being active and fidgety. He has food sensitivities especially to sugar. I adjust the sugar when I see him particularly being hyperactive. With sugar he gets hyperactive and irritable. He gets argumentative and oppositional. He cannot do homework as every other minute he keeps on saying I am bad at subtraction. He fights about doing homework, fights with his brother. If we say grass is green, he says it is purple.
I gave him the homeopathic remedy Nitricum acidum 200C one dose every 4-8 weeks apart or less as needed. The repetition of the dose was to be done when improved symptoms of ADD were to return.
As DN improved, mom reported, “Stomach aches: none, headaches are practically unheard of. There have been ZERO ABSENCES at school. Overall he is very happy and doing well at school. SCHOOL PERFORMANCE IS GREAT, grades are better, report card so much better, everything improved. It has boosted his self-confidence. When I work with him on homework, it is so much easier. Writing is better. No bed-wetting.
(++ Indicate 80-100% improvement, + indicates 60-80% improvement)
DN continues to live up to his potential and is free of any ADD-ADHD symptoms along with total improvement in eczema, stomachaches, headaches, warts, and bedwetting with 2 or 3 doses of his remedy per year. When he comes back for a follow up, I evaluate the symptoms and give him few doses of his remedy Nitricum acidum to last until next follow up which is scheduled 3 to 6 months apart.
Ritalin Free Kids by Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman and Bob Ullman
Newsweek, April 25, 2005: Your family and your health with Harvard Medical School
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