A recent report in an Irish newspaper pointed up parents’ worries about ADHD medication and how widespread it was. That worry is echoed by parents elsewhere such as the UK, America and Australia.
Given the small population of Ireland, less than 4 million, the figures for stimulant medication such as Ritalin is alarming in that it accounts for more than 40,000 prescriptions. Costs for the State in providing this type of medication on the National Health Service is an astonishing £3 million. It is a pity that more parents are not aware of what ADHD actually involves and how it does not necessarily have to be treated.
About a third of all the cases seen in just one month at the CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health services) were connected with ADHD.
Parents are worried about the fact that there is far too much reliance on these drugs and that natural ADHD remedies are neither sought out nor are they given much thought.
The fact is that there is far too little emphasis given to a comprehensive type of treatment and that the ADHD alternative therapy is often scorned either out of ignorance or sheer prejudice. This fact is not helped by the false personas who stalk the social networking sites claiming that the medicines are perfectly safe and that there is no need to worry about the side effects. These people are in the pay of the pharmaceutical companies and they have obviously not underestimated the power of social networking.
The fact is that ADHD natural remedies such as herbal remedies and homeopathic remedies have had no powerful lobbies supporting them and that is why they are shoved into the background.
As regards homeopathic remedies,the fact is that there are no side effects at all and that no health risks have ever been documented, let alone any reports of deaths!
Once parents can establish a multipronged approach works best, then they are definitely on the right track. Once the proper emphasis has been given to and that parenting skills or behavior modification, plus an ADHD friendly home, green time and diet, then there is a much better chance of successful treatment.
Why not find out more how ADHD natural remedies can work for your child and why more and more parents are turning to them now.
Robert Locke MBE is a health enthusiast specializing in children's health and has written extensively on ADHD, parenting and mental health issues.
He is a contributor to Quora, Lifehack, The Good Men Project, Liberal America and How to Learn.
He has written "Facts About ADHD Children - Tips for ADHD Parenting" on Amazon. He has also published children' s stories (Ziger The Tiger series) , also available on Amazon.
After a long career in Italy in teaching and management with the British Council, he was awarded an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II for outstanding achievement in December 2005. He still lives in Italy where he writes and teaches.