Have you been told that your child may have ADD/ADHD? that he or she should be medicated? Not so fast! My experience has been that many, if not most children labelled as ADD/ADHD are incredibly bright and usually understimulated in school. I regularly advise parents to have their children assessed for gifted status, to try and find better schools for them or to find other outlets for their intelligence and creativity. One 8-year-old child I saw who was identified as troublesome in grade two was so bright that he is now being tutored by a university professor in higher mathematics.
ADHD Drugs - Best-Sellers
ADHD is very likely vastly overdiagnosed, but ADHD drugs are best-sellers and the pharmaceutical industry has spent 20 years pathologizing normal childhood behaviours in my opinion. Sales for ADHD drugs like Adderall and Concerta topped $9 billion in the United States last year, a more than 500 percent jump from a decade before. However, I do occasionally agree that a child has ADHD and should be treated. Stimulant drugs can also in fact be wuite helpful sometimes, but not nearly as often as prescribed. Many children also have adverse effects from these medications.
Learning Disabilities often have physical causes, including a history of head injuries or difficulties with processing visual stimuli. One child I treated for a learning disability described how words were moving on the page, which made it hard for him to read. A dose of a homeopathic remedy made from Cannabis fixed the problem.
Causes for ADHD and Learning Disabilities can include:
Head trauma, at any point in the past, even many years ago
Food and environmental allergies
Lack of exercise
Adverse reactions to medications and vaccinations
Exposure to toxins in child or parents
Heavy metal toxicity, especially mercury and lead
I really enjoy trouble-shooting in these cases and freeing these usually very promising youngsters from any limitations.
What to expect
Assessment involves a very detailed case taking. I usually meet with parent and child for the first visit of one hour and then with the parents only for another hour. I review baby photos, medication and vaccine records, diet intakes, reports from other professionals and samples of art and handwriting as well as a detailed family history.
I may or may not recommend further testing. Sometimes allergy testing or a hair mineral analysis can be very useful. A treatment plan is usually designed after the second visit. I then see the child about once a month for several months for 30 minute visits.
The Selling of ADHD: Diagnoses, Prescriptions Soar After 20-Year Marketing Effort by Big Pharma
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Dr. Anke Zimmermann, ND, FCAH, Naturopathic Pediatrics 209-1061 Fort Street, Victoria, BC, V8V 5A1