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Are ADHD medications the only option?

By now, you may already be familiar with Ritalin, the medication doctors most often prescribe as a treatment for ADHD. Ritalin and other ADHD medications are often marketed by their respective manufacturers as a cure-all for ADHD. These advertisements sound very convincing because they often cite studies that show how Ritalin reduced or eliminated the three core symptoms of ADHD - hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention - in some children. Doctors will also make it seem as if other treatments like behavioral therapy will be ineffective unless combined with medication. ADHD, from the medical perspective, is caused by a deficiency in brain neurotransmitters. What Ritalin does is that it momentarily increases the number of neurotransmitters in some areas of the brain, helping the child control his or her behavior, focus during class, and accomplish homework, chores, and tasks.

The problem with using ADHD medications as the primary treatment for the disorder is that it only suppresses the symptoms instead of trying to eliminate the environmental forces and mindboy imbalances that trigger ADHD in the first place. Contrary to the medical perspective, we at the UnRitalin Solution believe that ADHD is not merely about a chemical imbalance or a deficiency in neurotransmitters. A child that is predisposed to the disorder will only experience ADHD when environmental triggers such as problems during pregnancy and childbirth, diet and nutrition, and certain lifestyle habits interact with the genetic predisposition. Ritalin can only keep the symptoms at bay for several hours but, for as long as those environmental triggers continue to persist, medication can do very little to control the disorder in the long run. This is why the longest scientific study ever done so far on the effects of ADHD medications showed that those drugs had no long-term benefits after three years.

Another thing you need to know about ADHD is that it is a spectrum disorder, which means that no two children with ADHD experience the same symptoms and problems. This also means that not everyone will respond to certain treatments in the same way. Ritalin may have brought benefits to some individuals, but it is not true that other treatments will fail to work unless they are combined with medication. Just because some children responded well to medication or a combination of medication and therapy doesn't mean that all children with ADHD will benefit from Ritalin. So do not believe anyone who tells you that ADHD medications are the only way your child can overcome the disorder. Taking medication is only one treatment possibility among many other possibilities, and not even a good one at that in the long run.

There are many alternative treatments for ADHD that relies on the body own self-healing capacities to heal itself without the use of medication. In fact, there are so many of them that a search on Google will yield pages and pages of natural remedies, from food supplements to yoga and meditation. It is infinitely better to use natural treatments to deal with ADHD because they do not cause harmful side effects. But before you put your child on any alternative treatments, you must be aware of the following: just like Ritalin, there is no one natural remedy that will have a universal effect on children with ADHD. And using just one treatment option will not be enough; you may have to use several remedies at a time to address the different problems your child experiences, along with the environmental forces triggering the condition. Finding the right natural treatment for your child will be the most difficult and frustrating part of the ADHD journey because this will involve a series of trial and error. But once you do find a holistic treatment plan that works and start seeing the symptoms go away, the struggle will be worth it.

This is why I created the Unritalin Solution. It is a step-by-step, guided process that removes the uncertainty and frustration of trying to create a natural healing plan that best suits your child's unique needs.