Drugs may Not Help in ADHD

by Rajshri on  December 1, 2009 at 9:31 PM Child Health News   - G J E 4
 Drugs may Not Help in ADHD
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in Australia has recommended that doctors should not prescribe drugs to children suffering from hyperactivity disorders and should instead follow a "multimodal" form of treatment.

In a joint draft released on Monday, the NHMRC, along with Royal Australasian College of Physicians, said that medication should be prescribed only in cases where hyperactivity disorders affect the overall life of a patient and should not be considered as a first-line treatment for children suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The treatment guidelines state that not all children require medication to overcome ADHD and other approaches should be considered first in order to treat the condition.

"For a child with ADHD this may well involve some parental education, some behaviour modification therapy, some educational support and it could include medication. We quite clearly say medication will not be required for all children with ADHD and all children do need a multimodal approach", David Forbes, who is the chairman of RACP's guidelines working group, said.

Source: Medindia

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This follows closely the findings in the UK.

As a former elementary school principal, I am quite aware that attention difficulties are just the tip of the iceberg. ADHD children can't filter out distractions, finish tasks on-time, use their memory optimally, etc. A pill doesn't teach these skills.

My wife and I opted to use cognitive training for our son, Alex. We used Play Attention and ADHD Nanny . We've been very successful with these approaches. We also changed our parenting skills with great success.

It's just important to know that medicine teaches nothing. Parents and teachers must actively participate to help change a child's life.

jglennon Tuesday, December 8, 2009

This is correct, but also more, it will cause other problems, such as cancer, sudden death risk (heart failure, also in healthy children) and stunting of growth.

These are some of the severe effects it has. So it surely isn't worth risking it. It only costs a lot of money, while it escalates problems.

Children taking Ritalin also become more agressive, aldough psychiatrists promote the opposite. Please investigate the honest science, and you will know ADHD-meds will escalate the behaviour problems.

ArjanD Wednesday, December 2, 2009

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