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Old 12-10-2012, 08:48 PM   #1
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Natural remedies for ADD?

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My 10yo dd has every one of the inattentiveness symptoms of ADD and I'm not sure how to help her. She is not truly ADHD and I am not near considering medicating her, although it has affected her school report card. Has anyone used an alternative treatment that has helped? I'm thinking of trying a small cup of coffee in the mornings since caffeine is a stimulant. And maybe a piece of very dark chocolate at lunch? idk.
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My 8 year doesn't quite meet a diagnosis for adhd but was having significant attention problems last year.

We cut out all dyes, artificial sweeteners, and artificial flavors. it is modeled off of the feingold diet but I didn't follow it that closely.

What seemed to help a lot was getting him to drink "super smoothies" in the morning. His have strawberries, banana, kefir, milk, oats, avocado, a little greens (spinach, kale or chard), flax seed oil and sometimes another fruit The kefir has natural cane sugar in it to help sweeten it up I worked my way up into adding everything. Sometimes I would add a little honey when I first put in a new ingredient. He drinks a big cup of this every morning now.
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Ok, take this with a grain of salt but you're either adhd or your not. There is no "little bit" of adhd or "not quite" adhd. Not saying it to pick on you but if you really feel your dd has adhd innatentive type you should get her evaluated before you decide to do any type of treatment, wether it is homeopathic or allopathic. If a child does not have adhd no amount of caffeine or stimulant will help. That's why you should really get a diagnosis. With an adhd person there is a frontal lobe malfunction. So when you give a stimulant, the medication stimulates the malfunctioning part of the brain, which in turn slows down the hypeactivity, increases attention span and alertness, halts impulses, etc. In a non-adhd person a stimulant (meds/caffeine, etc) will do nothing but speed up the functioning frontal lobe which is of course not a great idea. Just giving you my experiences. I have adhd, my daughter has adhd, and I also have an associates degree in psych. Good luck!

ETA: I do agree with the pp. you can't go wrong with cutting out artificial colors and dyes. Everyone can benefit from eating healthier.
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Ok, take this with a grain of salt but you're either adhd or your not. There is no "little bit" of adhd or "not quite" adhd. Not saying it to pick on you but if you really feel your dd has adhd innatentive type you should get her evaluated before you decide to do any type of treatment, wether it is homeopathic or allopathic. If a child does not have adhd no amount of caffeine or stimulant will help. That's why you should really get a diagnosis. With an adhd person there is a frontal lobe malfunction. So when you give a stimulant, the medication stimulates the malfunctioning part of the brain, which in turn slows down the hypeactivity, increases attention span and alertness, halts impulses, etc. In a non-adhd person a stimulant (meds/caffeine, etc) will do nothing but speed up the functioning frontal lobe which is of course not a great idea. Just giving you my experiences. I have adhd, my daughter has adhd, and I also have an associates degree in psych. Good luck!

ETA: I do agree with the pp. you can't go wrong with cutting out artificial colors and dyes. Everyone can benefit from eating healthier.
That isn't true. I am add and I can't take stimulant medication bc it does speed me up. Everyone reacts differently to medications.
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That isn't true. I am add and I can't take stimulant medication bc it does speed me up. Everyone reacts differently to medications.
from my understanding, if a stimulant med speeds you up then you likely are misdiagnosed. A person can have attention problems and not have ADHD. There is no ADD anymore. It's all ADHD. There are three types; primarily inattentive, primarily hyperactive, and combined. Of course I'm not a doctor so I could be wrong but that is my understanding. Regardless, OP should get a diagnosis, or rule out anything else.
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Thank you for the responses. I had her assessed 1 or 2 years ago but because she didn't have any of the hyperactivity symptoms, she didn't have enough for the diagnosis (or at least this is how it seemed). To clarify, I'm not pushing for a label, rather describing that she has lots of inattentiveness symptoms that need attention.

We are pretty careful with what we eat simply as a lifestyle choice.

Any books to recommend about helping modify behavior?
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Here's an excerpt from the best description of what ADHD is, what it isn't, and what works & doesn't work:

http://www.greatschools.org/special-...ent-summary.gs

If you are ready to really read, this is the 40-page article that the excerpt was taken from: http://www.greatschools.org/pdfs/220...f?date=4-12-05
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from my understanding, if a stimulant med speeds you up then you likely are misdiagnosed. A person can have attention problems and not have ADHD. There is no ADD anymore. It's all ADHD. There are three types; primarily inattentive, primarily hyperactive, and combined. Of course I'm not a doctor so I could be wrong but that is my understanding. Regardless, OP should get a diagnosis, or rule out anything else.
There is ADD and ADHD. Some of my family is ADD and my DH and ds1 is ADHD. Here explains the differences http://www.adhdchildparenting.com/ad...difference.php

OP we've had great succuess with both DH and ds1 with eating an all organic diet. Just eating real foods and not artificial really helps. It is seen more with DH, but that is probably because he's much older than ds1, who is 5 and there will still be hyperactivity with a 5 year old But it really helps both focus and I can see a big change when we do schooling with ds1 when he's been at home all week and when we do schooling and he had a day or two at grandparents house and didn't eat organic.

If you can't eat organic because of the cost, buying as much whole foods or foods without artificial dyes and such as possible can help. It does take a few weeks to notice a difference while the body is adjusting, so it's not a quick fix.
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There is ADD and ADHD. Some of my family is ADD and my DH and ds1 is ADHD. Here explains the differences http://www.adhdchildparenting.com/ad...difference.php
I am splitting hairs here, but the actual "ADD" diagnosis is ADHD-I or ADHD-PI since ADD is simply a subcategory of ADHD. According to wiki:

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Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is one of the three subtypes of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The term was formally changed in 1994 in the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition (DSM-IV) to "ADHD predominantly inattentive" (ADHD-PI or ADHD-I), though the term attention deficit disorder is still widely used.

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There are three subtypes of the disorder which consist of it being predominantly inattentive (ADHD-PI or ADHD-I), predominately hyperactive-impulsive (ADHD-HI or ADHD-H), or the two combined (ADHD-C). Oftentimes people refer to ADHD-PI as "Attention deficit disorder" (ADD), however, the term was revised in the 1994 version of the DSM.
I really wish that they would replace the "H" with an "I" for impulsivity as the "H" isn't so much about being hyper as it is about lack of impulse control. Not sure what the DSMV-V is going to do though.

OP, I urge you to look into getting your child properly diagnosed by a neuropsychologist. Once you have a diagnosis, the school and teacher can put supports in place that can help your daughter focus better at school. Small things like moving her to a less distracting spot in the classroom, on task reminders, and breaking large tasks into more doable chunks could be ways to help.

ETA: Not all stimulants are created equal and not all stimulants will help an ADHD person. Adderall may work for one person with ADHD but be terrible for another. That same person who received no benefit from Adderall could very well do great with Concerta. Both are stimulant medications, but they act differently for different people. Unless someone has tried all the stimulant medications out there and none work, it's not accurate to make a blanket statement.
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That isn't true. I am add and I can't take stimulant medication bc it does speed me up. Everyone reacts differently to medications.
Me too! Concerta made my ADHD sooooo much worse.
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