You love your child. You choose their food, their school, their doctors and dentist carefully. You are intent on giving your child the best of everything. There’s no question that when you have the right information you make the best choices. When your child has ADHD, those choices get a lot tougher. Add to this the myriad of information that is suddenly being thrown at you. It can be overwhelming. From doctor recommendations to therapies to medications with said effects and names, you can barely pronounce. You want to help your child more than anything in the world but do they really need a ton of mind-altering chemicals dumped into their developing system? ADHD can be one of the toughest trials for parents.
It’s important to understand that while some parents consider medication a valuable tool for managing ADHD symptoms; medication is not the only option. Many parents want to reduce the chemicals tossed down their children’s throats. Some are rightfully concerned about the plethora of possible adverse side-effects. There are several parents that realize having their child’s well-being tied to high-priced pharmaceuticals isn’t an optimum long-term solution. No one wants to make their child a Big Pharma customer if they can avoid it. The good news is that you can avoid it and there are more effective and research proven options. Let’s consider what one parent discovered.
Karen was exhausted. She’d tried everything to help her son focus better. She met with the school and secured him a seat in the front of the classroom. Teachers gave him little reminders to pay attention, and extra time on tests. The long list of ADHD medications offered little success but serious side effects. Initially, the ADHD medication had Ben buzzing around getting a ton of school work done. Two weeks later, he stopped eating during the day. His sleep became erratic.Sweet unfocused Ben vanished. Punchy and snarky Ben replaced him. Sure, school work was done but at what price? He was cranky and his emotions were a roller coaster. This was not the Ben his family knew and loved.
Karen spoke to his physician. For the next two years, they bounced from one medication to another. Each with worrisome side effects. Finally, Karen insisted her doctor consider natural alternatives. Only then did he discuss Ben’s diet and trying supplements. Karen could feel her blood boil. “Why didn’t you suggest this in the first place?” The doctor’s answer frustrated her. “Everyone wants meds and so that is what I give them”. Karen knew there had to be more information. At home, she became a “Google MD.” With a little time and patience she uncovered a treasure trove of well-researched natural treatments. She started byreducing gluten and dairy. This brought about big shifts in his attention. Could it be that easy? Yes! Karen found a pediatric functional doctor who figured out what was interfering with Ben’s attention. More dietary tweaks and the addition of supplements and nutrients was needed. Ben responded when his name was called. He remembered to do little things, like flush the toilet, for the first time in his life. Things that Karen accepted would never happen were happening!
Karen discovered the power of neurofeedback and that supercharged Ben’s health journey. With neurofeedback, Ben’s brain learned to act in a healthy manner. Ben wasn’t so distractible. He followed directions; no more zoning out. His grades improved and without the frustrating side effects. The positives didn’t stop there. Ben was humming, snuggling again. Best of all, he felt proud of himself. For the first time in a long time, Karen felt relief. She was able to break the cycle of worry that once defined her life. The whole family was less chaotic. Seeing the difference in Ben convinced the whole family to change their diet and exercise routine. In the end, everyone found themselves feeling healthier and pretty darn zen too!
Once you’ve decided to manage your child’s health journey in a more natural manner, you may wonder where to start. This easy to understand primer offers you information Karen was denied. This information is not specific health advice. It is offered so parents and caregivers know about options that are often overlooked. We recommend consulting a physician before beginning any supplement regime for information on specific dosages or possible drug interactions.
When someone struggles with focus, attention, and impulse control, there are always nutrient deficiencies and difficulties with nervous system regulation. Direct nutrient supplementation can really go a long way in powering up the brain so that you or your child can think clearer, hear directions, and get work done. Whether supporting serotonin deficits, vitamin deficiencies or just trying to make your nervous system healthy, supplements are a natural and effective way to really help the brain focus.
There are many effective and proven ways to help you be more focused, listen better, be more organized, and actually finish things! Each person’s needs are unique and require an individual approach but starting with a QEEG brain map is the best way to know what you or your child needs. We help clients along every step of the way.
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Dr. Roseann is a Psychologist and Therapist and our center provides expert-level care for children, adults, and families from all over the US, supporting them with research-based and holistic therapies that are bridged with neuroscience. She is a Dr. Roseann is a Board Certified Neurofeedback (BCN) Practitioner, a Board Member of the Northeast Region Biofeedback Society (NRBS) and Epidemic Answers, Certified Integrative Medicine Mental Health Provider (CMHIMP) and an Amen Clinic Certified Brain Health Coach. She is also a member of The International Lyme Disease and Associated Disease Society (ILADS), The American Psychological Association (APA), National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Connecticut Counseling Association (CCA), International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR) and The Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB).
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