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The diagnosis of ADD/ADHD should not be made quickly. An underachiever who doesn’t seem to pay attention in school or who has trouble handing in finished homework shouldn’t be automatically classified with this disorder. Many children will blurt out things before thinking, or jump from one task to another before it is completed and should be considered just a “discipline” problem. Most children are often referred for a diagnosis by their school system. In some cases parents are given “ultimatums” to put their child on medication. Before you decide to put your child on a stimulant drug, do your research! Make sure you have a clear understanding of what ADD/ADHD is and also become familiar with the diagnostic test and criteria. Donate one hour a week to reading books, articles, or information on the internet until you are satisfied with your findings. Search for as much information about alternative remedies for ADD/ADHD and also the side effects of stimulant drugs that are being prescribed to your child. I have done extensive research and put it in this book but still suggest you do your own as well. There could be a variety of factors that can lead to a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD.What if you could remove artificial additives and dye from their diet rather than to put your child on a stimulant? Or do a heavy metal and Candida cleanse? Some people feel that ADD/ADHD is not a singular disease but rather a collection of behaviors or symptoms caused by a wide range of problems. Doctors are treating the symptoms and not the cause of this behavior. Avoid pediatricians or psychiatrists who ask a few questions and are too quick to prescribe medication. Get a second or third opinion if you are uncomfortable putting your child on medication. A good practitioner will acquire enough information for a good assessment. This will entail several hours of IQ and Torrence tests for creativity. A child must exhibit ADD/ADHD behavior in two or more situations (school, home, socially, or work) to be diagnosed with this disorder. If you are feeling pressured to put your child on drugs because of your school system you can contact your state Board of Education to prevent teachers or school administrators from continuing to do this. You should consider a Psychologist instead of Psychiatrist because they can not prescribe medication and their focus is more holistic. They are more likely to consider a wider range of a child’s life that can affect their behavior and concentration.

Once your child has been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, your work to find a solution has just begun. I know many parents will complain that they do not have the time to do this amount of research, and I say “the time you have is time you make”! Perhaps in some extreme cases prescription medications in combination with high quality vitamin supplementation and Omegas are the best solution. But shouldn’t it be a last resort instead of a first choice? Wouldn’t you want your child on the mildest dose of medication? Just remember when you are feeling alone, desperate, frustrated, and wondering “why is this happening to our family”, know there is help. You are the only person on your child’s side. You are all they have. Do grades really matter? Just because your child doesn’t achieve all A’s in school doesn’t mean that they can’t be someone of great value in this world. Henry Ford, Albert Einstein, and Thomas Edison never even finished what we call middle school!

Great websites with additional info:

*www.Ritalindeath.com is a phenomenal website that was created in memory of children that have died from the use of ADD/ADHD drugs. It also provides you with some legal information if you had a child that has died from these medications. There are testimonials, education articles, and ADHD help for your State such as Holistic Medical Doctors or Allergist. This is one of my favorite sites and you will find great support here!

*http://usa.mediamonitors.net/ The Media Monitors Network has numerous stories that the FDA forgot to mention ADHD drug related deaths and injuries.