When Conditions Go Untreated

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When Conditions Go Untreated
Tue, 01-11-2011 - 2:23pm

While this article mainly focuses on ADHD, it discusses the importance of diagnosing and treating mental disorders in children as early as possible: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-m-s-kurtz-phd/adhd-treatment-why-early-detection_b_804458.html.

I thought that this article was very thought provoking, especially on how it stresses the importance of having available services to children that need it.

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Thu, 01-13-2011 - 9:08am

We would not ignore lumps appearing in the body - possible cancer - yet the medical system keeps ignoring people with with symptoms manifesting in brain function. Or - they even ignore physical symptoms when intertwined with brain function.

I like this quote from the article:

"What explains this cavalier attitude towards the health of our children? I think that some people believe kids are good at rebounding and, left alone, will grow up more or less okay. In my experience, it is true that kids can be remarkably resilient -- but it's wrong to assume that everyone can "grow out" of their psychiatric disorders without help, and go on to fulfill their potential."

Perhaps one problem is that we do not have a firm grip on what type of help the child needs. ADHD symptoms in some children have been proven to be caused by food additives. In others, it is simply the way their brain has formed. In some it is severe. In some it it mild. In some, the symptoms can actually be a warning of other, deeper problems going on in the body or brain. In some it is allergies. In some it is metal toxicity. But no matter what it is, it at least deserves intensive investigation so the proper thing gets treated - and in the proper manner. Our health care system is so far removed from that goal.

A friend of mine is now a retired nurse. Her son has ADHD - he is now a successful, grown man - a wonderful person. No, he never was put on meds, but she worked with him according to research out at the time. She helped improve his brain function - learn to sit and focus for longer periods of time. It took the patience of an angel - and she comes close to that description. He had tremendous energy and he was very good in several sports - skateboarding, hockey and such. He learned to channel his energy, and learned to persevere even if his academic goals took twice as long. He found ways - with her help - to succeed.

She is not against meds, at all! It is just that this was the way it was necessary for this one child. For another child in the same family - now an adult in the medical profession herself - meds are the answer. For my own child diagnosed with it, meds for that condition were a major catastrophe. The symptoms were actually symptoms from other problems.

But regardless - our health care system should not just ignore the symptoms and assume they will go away.

www. It's Not Mental .com