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germangini

Son with ADD? Could there be some alternative therapy?

Hi

I really think my son has ADD.  He is not hyperactive but he has alot of trouble staying on task and focusing.  He is quite impulsive and stays in trouble at school...talking, not finishing work, .  My husband is opposed to starting him on any kind of  prescribed medication at this early age of 7. Has anyone had any success with other therapies?   I just want  my son to do well in school and have postive social interactions instead of being viewed as the boy who stays in trouble.  Thanks



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junieg

Omega 3 fish oils. Check out this link

http://www.equazen.co.uk

My youngest son has ADHD and Asperger's. He was on medication [Ritalin] for a few years and that really helped, but then we started on omega 3 in high doses then maintenance doses and we noticed a great difference as he did himself. Might be worth a try. I have talked to lots of other parents with this problem and they all found it helped.

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cmamom

Hi mom I really understand your feelings. My grandson is ADDH and he has been on medication since he was 4 years old. He is going to repeat third grade next year, because at the begining of the year he was sick and had to have surgery, but he had all the simptoms that your son is having now and even with that I think if there is another way try it first before medication.

Medication took away Jays appetite completely and he was jumpie, even when he was on the meds. He's out of school for the summer and he stays with us during the day while our daughter is at work. I'm trying something different to see if we can get him off of this medication. I've scheduled activites to keep him busy and he's eating three meals plus stacks at our house. No medicine, just attention and extra help on the things that he missed last year due to illness. The healthfood store is suppose to have something that I hear is really good, but I need to check again to find out what it is. I never got it to use, but we will try anything to keep him off of that medicine.He's happier and he eats like never before. So before you consider meds, be sure that it's ADD because there are a lot of side effects while taking it.

I pray that you will get an answer and it will be the best one for your little one. They don't understand what's happening to them their little bodies are just going at such rapid speed and they get into everything without thinking, but because they belong to God it will be alright, because he will take care of the situation. Be prayerful and expect an answer as I pray for your little one as our Jay has been freed from the bondage that he was in since he was 4 years old and yes, I really do believe that because our grandson is doing fine now. Prayer is the key and faith unlocks the door. God bless you and yours

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junieg

I did reply on this thread last night but the message came up that it would have to be checked out first. I notice that our local head case managed to get a message on though.
My youngest has ADHD and Asperger's. He was on medication for a few years [Ritalin] which gave him a more 'normal' life. Medication is not the evil that some people like to make out. I have a son who is 15 years older than this one and he never got diagnosed. He was just labelled 'bad kid' and never got the help he needed. I am sure if he had been treated like my youngest son then his life would be simpler now. Medication helped my son to focus and get through. He is doing very well now.
After a few years, we started giving my son Omega 3 fish oils instead. There are excellent reports about these and even he noticed a big difference. I also have spoken to other parents who have tried it and they were very impressed also. Check this link
http://www.equazen.co.uk
Cmamom, I am glad that you have found something to have faith in, but I would rather rely on something tangible. My son doesn't belong to god, he is his own person. I don't believe in this ancient fairy story. How can anyone look around the world today and believe in this entity called god.
Sorry, don't mean to offend anyone out there who is a believer, but at the same time, this is my opinion.

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junieg

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junieg

Sorry, just testing a minute ago. I have tried to reply to this thread a few times only to get a screen which says my comments will have to be checked in case of spam amnd then they disappear never to be seen again.
My youngest son has ADHD and Asperger's. He is nearly 19 now. I have a son who is 32 and also has the condition. My older son was not diagnosed with this he was grown up, whereas my youngest has had treatment for his. This included Ritalin, which gave him a nearly 'normal' life. Unlike his older brother, he was now able to focus and learn. Medication is not the evil that some people like to make out it is. A few years ago while studying chioldcare at college, I heard about the benefits of Omega 3 to children who have ADHD, ASD's etc. I also kept in touch with other mothers who have tried it. There was a big difference in my son, and all my friends who tried it found it really helped too. There is a product called Eyeq from a company called Equazen. I did put a link to it on before but that is perhaps what is happening to my posts. My son is doing very well at college now.
Cmamom, I mean no disrespect, but I can't see prayer as an alternative therapy. Look at the world around you. However, if you think that is what helped you then carry on. I personally would not like anyone to pray for me or any of my family. I trust that your daughter is okay with you taking her son off medication.

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concerned mom

Junieg,
Your message appears here I think 3 x, so it did post. I haven't tried the omega 3 treatments yet for my son. I'm waiting til his next appt in Aug to talk to his dr. I will keep you posted, though.

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junieg

Sorry about repeating myself. Thought it was not going to appear.

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concerned mom

That's ok. Just wanted to let you know.

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acitez

Sometimes you do need to get therapy or medication or both.

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concerned mom

I think it's important to be as informed as possible about your child and his/her disability. Each child is different. Also, listen to your child's dr, and maybe even get a second opinion. My son has some focusing problems, but at this pt, it hasn't been recommended that we put him on any meds. He just turned 5. We recently started our son on Omega 3 supplements as Junieg mentioned. I also heard about a product called Attend. The manufacturer is Vaxa International. I don't know much about the product except what I've read in their information pamphlet. Supposedly it's all natural, and it's said to have no side effects. I haven't tried it w/ my son, so I can't tell you if it's helpful or not. It's an option to explore, however, and something you can discuss w/ your child's dr, if you're looking for an alternative therapy. I posted a question about Attend a while ago but got no reponses, so I assume it's not a very well known product, although it's been around for a while I believe. The website is: www.vaxa.com
Best of luck to you.