Diet and ADHD

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Registered: 08-04-2001
Diet and ADHD
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Mon, 02-28-2011 - 10:33am

Here is a medical article that came out last week

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/feb/04/adhd-diet-food-children-behaviour

Saying

Ritalin is widely used to treat children diagnosed with ADHD, but a paper in the Lancet suggests changing diet may be as effective.

Well, my younger daughter was once misdiagnosed with adhd and given a stimulant with near disastrous resultsThis is a blog article about food sensitivities & mental illness. She did need a dietary change.


www. It's Not Mental .com


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Tue, 03-01-2011 - 7:35am

We were actually told by the eye clinic my daughter's complaints about her vision were part of her "mental" illness. Turns out she had a problem with one eye being able to maintain focus (convergence). So, I completely understand - stigma is alive and well in the medical community. Seems like once they have one label, the doctors feel it is OK to look no further for something else wrong.

I understand ADHD. But I wish back then, we'd understood that there are other things that can be causing symptoms (like the vision problem, sleep issues, food issues, hormonal issues, etc.), and if there is a question in our mind about whether or not it really is, or maybe something else is wrong, search further. BUT, I have to admit that back then, I didn't even question it. The Internet was still in its infancy. But I continued to search because she had other issues. Later, someone on one of these boards on sleep mentioned something that led us down a different path and to a different doctor who started meaningful testing.


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Registered: 05-02-2004
Mon, 02-28-2011 - 6:52pm

This is certainly relevant here.

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Mon, 02-28-2011 - 4:29pm

I think it is actually costing more to not run the appropriate tests as many of the children end up in the psych hospital (like mine). Also, it is unconscionable to say if the problem is in the chest, let's run a scan, but if it is in the brain, well, let's not. We treat "mental" as if it is not medical, but if it is not emotional/psychological then it IS medical. And ADHD is not some psychological/emotional problem.


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Registered: 03-25-2008
Mon, 02-28-2011 - 2:24pm
I agree. If health insurers would cover brain scans, they could solve this pretty quickly. Researchers have found the discrepancy in brain scans of people with ADHD, so it sure would be nice to have those done and say 100 percent "this is ADHD." However, I suspect this would cost a fortune and doubt insurers would ever give the ok.
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Registered: 08-04-2001
Mon, 02-28-2011 - 1:54pm

If it does change a child's behavior, the child was misdiagnosed

YES!


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Registered: 03-25-2008
Mon, 02-28-2011 - 12:27pm

Unfortunately, diet has been proven not to affect ADHD, so it's not really relevant here. If it does change a child's behavior, the child was misdiagnosed or had a secondary food sensitivity issue unrelated to ADHD.

Our son did have an accurate ADHD diagnosis and Ritalin transformed his world. Can't say enough good things about it.