Over the last couple of decades, the increased diagnosis of ADHD in children has led to a lot more attention being focused on the disorder. Regrettably, some people without a lot of relevant knowledge have begun to mock the trend toward diagnosis, even going so far as to suggest that major pharmaceutical companies are behind the move to over diagnose the condition in order to generate excess profits.
And we all know that pharmaceutical companies are anything but perfect, much less altruistic, when they answer to legions of corporate shareholders who expect constantly escalating profits. That being said, I do believe there is a significant problem for our children with ADHD and I think some of the best treatment options lie completely outside of just prescribing another pill to address the issue.
Homeopathic remedies are, indeed, scoffed at by some medical professionals. But what can’t be disputed is that families, specifically parents, who have tried natural treatment for ADHD and a whole host of other conditions are increasingly happy with the results. Homeopathic practitioners often focus on the true source of the problem versus the pharmaceutical industry’s famous tactic of treating the symptoms.
What Are You Feeling inside?
The first major paradigm shift for people who want to understand how natural treatment fits in is to understand that ADD and ADHD are most definitely not illnesses. They are, rather, symptoms of underlying conditions that can be addressed homeopathically. Of course, the important step is to carefully determine what those root conditions are.
Let’s take the case of a child who suffers from anxiety. In our example, this young girl demonstrates combative behavior and is unable to remain seated when her studies require it. By exploring what she is feeling during those times when she demonstrates acting out behavior, natural ADHD treatment can be determined that will lower her levels of anxiety.
Some of these are supplements, but some are simply modifications to a daily diet that add up to huge differences. For example, vegetables, fresh fruits, organic eggs and farm raised meat are healthy choices that have been traced to more centeredness in children. Coupled with mild supplements such as choline and fish oil, diets can successfully treat ADD, ADHD and even forms of obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Lessening anxiety and fears allows the child to devote more attention to their present circumstances. For example, if concentration is necessary for school lessons, the child will have much more faculty to dedicate to this if they are not also grappling with other problems. Holistic treatments are aimed at lowering those fears and anxieties, whereas traditional pharmaceutical solutions for ADHD are focused on stimulating the child’s brain to create enough “clearest space” to dedicate to whatever activity really does need attention.
It’s not that pharmaceutical approaches are ineffective. It’s just that they start out with one big disadvantage. The child is still struggling to get through the underlying feelings, in this case fear and anxiety, that create dissonance within their ability to focus. Until that is cleared up, it’s very difficult for any meaningful concentration to take place.