Today on my local mom’s group, someone asked about private school placement for her 6 year old son who had just been diagnosed with moderate to severe ADHD and giftedness. The first response was from a mom–who happens to be a doctor at the local ginormo clinic–who said with meds he’d be “not ADHD” (her quotes, not mine) and then his mom could just focus on the giftedness part of the equation.
ADHD is not a Ritalin or an Adderall deficiency. Yes, the meds can help. Yes, there are people who can’t function without them. But, for chrissakes Dr Lady, meds don’t make the kid “not ADHD.” It makes them medicated to manage the symptoms, sometimes very successfully, until the dose wears off. That’s enough for some people. Clearly, it was not enough for me. Go ahead, Google ADHD med side effects, earn a few more gray hairs. I’ll wait…
I am not anti-med. I am pro judicious prescribing. We recently weathered an unintended 5-day break when one of my kids’ prescriptions ran out and the prescribing doctor took 12 days to refill it. Yes, I called the office several times and there were daily urgent faxes from the pharmacy. I hate being that dependent on a little pill, but right now, we are. We ran out and it wasn’t pretty. Grrrrr.
So, you may be asking yourself, as I did and as I do every freaking day, what else is there? Is there anything you can do to, you know, fix the problem?
(Disclaimer alert! Disclaimer alert! I am not a medical professional. This is not medical advice. This is me, a mom with mission to help other moms heal their kids’ brains, minimize disruptive symptoms and maximize potential, sharing what I’ve learned and what we’ve experienced. Since I’m not a medical professional or a professional snarky skeptic, I am free to dive into whatever-the-hell alternative waters I want. Did I mention I’d crawl through glass, if I thought it would help my kids?)
Here’s my starter list (I’ll do more expansive blog posts for each one):
- Brain re-balancing
- Diet: GAPS, Paleo, GFCF, Feingold, Weston A Price, organic…lots of healthy options for helping to rebuild little brains.
- Fish oil and other supportive nutritional supplements
- Avoiding crap–food coloring, HFCS, MSG
- Heavy work, exercise, OT