You may have heard many different opinions about what ADHD is or is not. Those opinions vary widely on a spectrum, with one extreme holding on to the view that ADHD is mainly a genetic brain condition, while the other extreme affirms that ADHD does not exist at all. As always, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.In order to present you with the most complete understanding possible of what ADHD is, I thought that you could greatly benefit from getting a “contrasted view” of the field of ADHD. This is why I have compared the traditional medical view of ADHD to the Unritalin Solution view of ADHD.
Note of caution: if most of the information you have received to this day come from a doctor or website that espouse the traditional medical view, some of the claim I make below may seem exaggerated to you. They are not, as they all come from the published scientific literature. If one claim challenges your present opinion, keep an open mind and explore this website in greater depth. You will then understand the basis for that claim.
|TRADITIONAL MEDICAL VIEW||UNRITALIN SOLUTION VIEW|
|A developmental behavioural disorder involving chemical imbalance in the brain||ADHD||What happens when complex environmental forces meet with a specific genetic make-up to generate imbalances in the body and in the proper development of the brain.|
|Heredity makes the largest contribution to the expression of the disorder.||Role of Heredity||Heredity is the loaded gun only. It is the environment that pulls the triggers.|
|Based purely on symptoms of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. If child meets the diagnostic criteria, diagnosis can be made.||Diagnosis||Symptoms are only the tip of the iceberg. Diagnosis is holistic and comprehensive (bodymind of the person, as well as its environment) to determine the underlying problems that cause the symptoms.|
|Medications and /or behavioural therapy.||Treatment Options||All natural approaches available, organized into a structured, step-by-step system composed of 14 core tools or "Keys".|
|Focuses on the symptoms only, either by trying to reduce them (medications) and/or by giving the patient tools to "manage" symptoms (behavioural therapy).||Treatment||Highly individualized and focuses on the underlying root problems that cause the symptoms to be expressed. Also recognizes the strength and gift in "ADHD".|
|Rapid impact on symptoms at first. Beneficial on symptoms in mid-terms (1-2 years). No benefits in the longer (3 years and more).||Treatment Effects||Differs from one child to the next. May see rapid benefits in one child, while taking longer in another. Symptoms may increase at first as the body and brain heals. Beneficial on symptoms and overall health in the long-term.|
|For medications: Growth stunt, appetite suppression, sleep problems, genetic breakage, heart problems, death.||Treatment Side Effects||Increased vitality, improved overall health, better self-esteem, improved academic performance.|
|Try this drug and come back to see me if it does not work. We will try another drug or add another drug.||Case Management||Logical, structured, organized step-by-step action plan that integrates the best of natural approaches; tailored to the specific needs of the individual.|
|Impossible (treats symptoms only). Lifetime use of medication necessary.||Complete Healing||Possible and documented in many cases.|