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Sat, 07-05-2003 - 10:39am
I had a quick question for you all. My DD is 6 yrs. old and has exhibited signs of ADD/ADHD, i.e. not listening not sleeping very defient, (SP). I can not get anyone to test her and they all think I am crazy. Anyways a wile back I heard of a homepathic drug that if the child has ADD/ADHD it will show a marked improvement and if they do not have it they will be the same. I was woundering if you had all heard about it?
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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: l_kitten28
Sat, 07-05-2003 - 11:06am
Yes there are homeopathic drugs out there but that is a myth. Kids with ADHD don't all respond to those. I know, because we tried some supplements at one point and it didn't effect my son's ADHD. If the homeopathic drugs worked so well, there would be no need for the prescription drugs that are out there. Is your daughter in school? Do her teachers have concerns? Usually there are things seen in more than one setting, and that is what leads to a dr wanting to do testing. However, there also kids out there who can be defiant, not sleep well and still not be ADHD. I would suggest reading more about it, trying some things like 321 Magic (a book) that helps with discipline. I wouldn't go to homeopathic drugs though, as a cure. It's just not something that truly helps or truly tells you if your kid is ADHD or not.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: l_kitten28
Sat, 07-05-2003 - 5:42pm
Not heard of what you're talking about, although I do recall reading an article about Super Blue-Green Algae from (I believe) a company called Cell-Tech (or Cel-tech, or something like that.) Read this before we got an ADHD diagnosis on my DS, and I found it rather interesting.

I am curious as to 'why?' you can't get DD tested. Is it because the school won't test her because they aren't seeing a problem? If that's the case, is private testing an option. My feeling is that mother's intuition is generally right ... even if you don't know WHAT is going on, if you feel there is a problem, then there probably is something ... and that's worth exploring.

In the meantime, you need to rule out some physical stuff. For instance, Sleep Apnea can mimic signs of ADD/ADHD. Since you mentioned she isn't sleeping well, you may want to discuss this possibility with your doc. Check out this article for more info: http://www.parents.com/articles/health/2181.jsp

Another thought is that it may not be an attention issue, but have you explored ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder) at all? The 'not listening' and 'very defiant' you mentioned are not necessarily marks for ADD/ADHD, but can be for ODD. My website: http://pages.ivillage.com/keke0116/ provides additional info on that. And, visit the ODD board here on Parentsoup. Even without a diagnosis, those parents KNOW 'defiance' and probably have lots of good ideas for you.

Before going the medical route, I explored other options with DS, even taking him to a nutritionist and putting him on vitamins and supplements. I've taken him off meds at this time, and am exploring the Feingold Diet which is a natural alternative (if you prefer that over meds.)

My point in all of this is that (1) ADD/ADHD, although a common diagnosis, is not 'the' answer to every behavioral issue out there and (2) that if you FEEL something is going on, then you probably need to explore this further. When DS was 4, we felt there was a problem. DH and I attending some parenting workshops, figuring perhaps WE just weren't doing things right. After implementing some of the things we learned, and still having problems, we realized there was a problem. DS was diagnosed as ODD-alone at age 5, with the understanding that there probably will be 'more to come' since ODD doesn't generally travel alone. We went through years of absolute hell (and exploring alternatives) before getting him into counseling ... and then considering meds ... and then a full evaluation that showed the ADHD (his is the impulsity type, not attention or hyperactivity, so it wasn't as 'obvious' as it is with some kids) as well as some auditory processing issues (and he's gifted.) Although I am glad I sought alternatives, the one thing I wish I had done differently is waiting so long for the full evaluation. I wish I'd have done it when he was 7-8 and gotten him help much sooner.

Anyway, good luck ... I hope that you find that answers you're looking for.

Nancy

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Registered: 03-28-2003
In reply to: l_kitten28
Sat, 07-05-2003 - 6:26pm
You may have already tried this, but under the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act , I think) federal law, a parent can refer their child for evaluation for testing in the public schools. In such a situation, the referral assessment must be done and the parent must be a participant. If, after the assessment the team of professionals and the parent(s) do not feel further testing/evaluation is warranted, the reasons why are documented. If the parent disagrees, they can appeal the team decision.

Now with that said, I will tell you, it is such a PIA process. I personally am going the private route. My insurance is covering everything related to ADD. This does include most of the testing. Anything pertaining to LD's will be out of pocket. But at least I will know what is going on and I can pick and choose what the school sees. In my case that would be a small catholic school. So the first time I waltzed into the public school my son would be attending, the first thing I got was "We can't touch him if he isn't one of our students". I had to remind the Principal of the law and all it implies for me as a tax payer. The reason it takes so long is that each step is followed by a "wait and see" time. For example, my son's teacher and I went to the first team meeting, they offered us some typical ADD strategies and told us we would reconvene in 6 weeks to reevaluate if these strategies were working. I asked what the time frame would be if he ever got to the testing part, and they said within a year! I just can't wait that long. However, my sister who lives in GA (lots of Lotto $ for education in her state). Was very pleased with the school systems approach. Her son also goes to Catholic school. But he was referred for testing quite quickly and with great results. In both cases we, as parents got the ball rolling. The laws are federal, so just look up IDEA on the net and know your rights before you make a referral for your daughter. Personally, I'd try to get things started before school starts if I were you.

HTH

Sio

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Registered: 03-30-2003
In reply to: l_kitten28
Fri, 07-11-2003 - 3:44pm
Homeopathic remedies don't work that way. It is not a one size fits all type of medicine.


a remedy has to be individualized for the person not the diagnosis. Homeopathy is a different science then herbal medications.

there are a few books out on the subject. One is ritalin free kids by dr.ullman. This is not something that you can do yourself. You need a homeopath trained in classical homeopathy, also one that deals with behavioral problems. it is not something to fool around with. If you are interested in exploring this avenue educate yourself. also a website to look at http://www.ritalinfreekids.com/