Meds vs. drug-free methods

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Registered: 07-15-2003
Meds vs. drug-free methods
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Mon, 08-04-2003 - 8:20pm
I originally posted this on the Adult ADD board but I'm really curious to see the replies and opinions on here,as well:

I was listening to NPR this afternoon when they announced that one of the station's sponsors were these guys:

http://www.dorecenters.com/

I've never heard of this company but apparently they're originally based out of the UK with offices now here in the States. They claim that with "individually tailored exercises",one can minimize or even eliminate the effects of ADHD without the use of medication in both children and adults. Anyone familar with these people? More to the point,would anyone be willing to go through this drug-free method rather than take the easy route and pop a Concerta? Also,how many of you think that this might actually be a step back for ADDers,implying that all it takes is some good ol' "special education" to re-wire our brains so they function "normally"....

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Mon, 08-04-2003 - 9:37pm
Oh, I don't know. How long does it take? There's certainly something to be said for drug-free, I guess. But when you're dealing with a kid and time is of the essence, there is definitely something to be said for immediate results.

Karen

 


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Registered: 07-15-2003
Mon, 08-04-2003 - 11:40pm
I believe they said that the process takes about a year. I'd imagine the noticing of immediate results depended on the individual. However,I would think that this along with medication could do wonders in the long run.
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Tue, 08-05-2003 - 7:59am
Easy to pop a Concerta? I'm not sure what was easy about it. It was the most difficult parenting decision we ever made - nothing has come close. We agonized over it before we did it. We talked with doctors, therapists, social workers, read books, spent hours and hours on the internet, talked with other parents, talked to each other...there wasn't anything easy about it.

The main thing is that we are helping our son and for now, this medicine has helped him more than anything else. To a child, six months or a year of fiddling around is a LONG time. They are missing out on important developmental experiences when their ADHD goes untreated.

So far, I think we're doing the best for our son - by no means the easiest.

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Tue, 08-05-2003 - 12:43pm
You're absolutely right about children and fiddling around. That'd be pure torture for some and may not be a practical solution for a child. Perhaps this program is geared more toward teens and adults rather than young children. And congrats for being one of the brave parents out here who are willing to try the use of meds to help your child control his ADD. If only my parents were as willing to let me take ritalin back then rather than just think I'd"grow out of it",who knows how much better I could've turned out.
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Tue, 08-05-2003 - 4:00pm
I am worried that we should have put him on meds sooner - we did try other things before we did and those other things are still helping us - we went (and still going, but tapering off for now) to counseling; went to parenting classes; find out things that both of our kids like; praising them; setting limits, etc, etc, etc. :-)

We love them so much and I bet your parents do you, too. Even if they didn't (and at some point we all don't) "do exactly the right thing."

When our son grows up and looks back on how we helped him with his ADHD, maybe he'll ask us why we did this or didn't do that - I will tell him that we did the best we could and we did it because we love him and wanted the best.

Time will tell us!

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Registered: 07-27-2003
Tue, 08-05-2003 - 6:52pm
I haven't looked at the link yet, but I have to say I've been thinking of checking it out. I'd never heard of them before this morning. Just so happens I turned on the radio and Ned Hallowell was raving about the guy who started up these centers. I've been to see Dr. Hallowell live at a professional conference and really give some weight to his opinion, so naturally I'm very curious to see what this place is about.
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Wed, 08-06-2003 - 1:23pm
I'm aware of the incredible increase in the cases of ADD (or its relatives). There was no such "thing" diagnosed or labeled when I was growing up. It's very difficult for parents & caregivers whose kids do struggle with it. I have been involved with a wellness group, mostly non-medical women and this topic's come up several times, meds vs non, what's 'typical' behavior, parenting skills & time, etc. One thing I thought was a GREAT alternative for SOME families was with Melaleuca products. It's a US based pharmaceutical co that produces non-toxic, natural products for home & body, ie, keeping the junk out of daily things which, combined with other pollutants in our air, add to health problems like ADD, asthma, skin allergies etc. I have heard from people who have been able (with Dr's guidance) get OFF/reduce the drug intake by using some of Mel's supplements. If anyone's interested in learning more, feel free to email me. I can put you in touch with them or get you more info....Kids are WAY TOO important!!!:)