This afternoon on Twitter, I asked my followers what I should write about. I was delighted with the responses I got, so if you were one of them, thank you! If you weren’t on Twitter, but have some ideas, feel free to comment.
I’m going to try and get to all of the subjects mentioned as soon as possible. One of the biggest responses I got was about alternatives to ADHD medications, so I’m going to address that one first. Since this is a pretty big subject, I’m going to break it up into a series of posts.
One question I got was from someone who wanted to know my opinion about alternative treatments for ADHD, so I’m going to start there.
People often look for other methods to treat ADHD because they object to the use of prescription drugs in this instance. Depending on the drug in question, there are side effects. Some are of bigger concern than others. Some of the most common include loss of appetite, weight loss, and trouble sleeping. Stunted or delayed growth, stomach upsets, extreme fatigue and other side effects are also possible.
Parents often worry about changes to their child’s personality. I confess this was one of my biggest worries when we put our son Andy, then 10, on medication. I saw no difference in my son’s personality at all, in fact. Just a kid who was suddenly better able to manage his life. Other parents I have talked to have had different experiences.
All 3 of my children have, at one time or another, been on meds for ADHD. Each made a decision to stop, based on how the medication made them feel. My oldest daughter Sarah, recently went back on meds, choosing a new one on the market, because she is a teacher and felt that her ADHD was affecting her performance adversely.
Just over a year ago, I wrote an ebook called The Natural ADHD Diet in response to questions about alternative treatments. In some of my following posts, I’ll continue this discussion, highlighting some of the parts of my book, as well as discussing the many other options out there.
There is a lot of controversy about alternative treatments for ADHD, just as there is about ADHD medications. I believe each side has both good and bad components, and that the choice to use one over the other is personal. I would hope that it begins with education about choices, and I’m going to try and provide some of that here.