The main treatment for ADHD that doctors recommend is to medicate your child. The most common misconception is that there is not an
alternative for medication
or to taking drugs. In reality, there are many different alternatives to these drugs; they just haven’t been fully accepted by the medical community. I understand these drugs do work for a minority of people, but we have heard story after story of how much of a hassle these drugs are to take. Here are the three biggest complaints we hear.
- The kids hate it! Time and time again we hear that kids don’t feel like themselves while taking prescription drugs for ADHD. The parents say the same thing. Sure their child seems to be improving mental focus and being more calmly, but is it worth losing happiness? Being a child can be one of the happiest times of a person’s life. Their plate is full of enough with things that stress them out; there is no need to add another unnecessary burden. The biggest misconception is that there is not an alternative for ADHD medication. However, by building new neuron connections in the brain, the need for these drugs can be eliminated.
- The drugs are dangerous! The chemical makeup of most ADHD medications is the same as the illegal drug, “speed”. It is an amphetamine that alters the chemical makeup of an individual’s brain. There is a long list of short and long-term side effects that your child could experience. They can also be highly addictive and users can experience many withdrawal symptoms once they stop using the medication. It blows my mind how some doctors are starting kids on prescriptions at such a young age. There is so much physical and mental development that is happening to a child that can be altered by chemicals being put into the body and no one really understands the long-term effects of these medications.
- The drugs are expensive! Most prescription medication for ADHD can cost between $50 and $150 per month! I know a lot of people have insurance, but you better believe that will affect your premiums and your child’s future premium prices (not to mention, insurance is becoming more costly each year for everyone). If a child takes these drugs from ages 8-18, on average it will cost $1,200 per year and total $12,000+ in ten years! This also doesn’t solve the problem; it’s just a temporary solution. There is an alternative for medication that can permanently solve issues with ADHD, and are a fraction of the cost with lifelong benefits.
As I said before, taking these prescription drugs work for some people, but the majority of people we talk to are looking for an
alternative for medication
. We do not encourage people to take their children off medication right away, but we do see a majority of our students off their medications within 2 months of our program. There are permanent solutions that help children succeed in school without having them take medication for the rest of their life. There is no money for drug companies in finding a cure, only money in treating the condition for life
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