To Medicate or Not to Medicate Children for ADHD?

15-Jul-2018

Why are Almost No Children in France Medicated for ADHD?

Now here is some fascinating information, and what can we learn from this. What ought we to learn from this!

“Mass amounts of American children are being diagnosed with a possibly fictitious disease; even worse they are being prescribed addictive and lethal drugs for it.

The ‘disease’ is known as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). The disease is said to be a common behavioral disorder. It is said to affect over 10% of school age children. It is characterized by the inability to direct one’s complete focus and concentration on one thing at a time. It is also often characterized by excess hyperactiveness. If you were to ask me, I would say that children are hyper and energized naturally. Of course, the average child isn’t going to be enthusiastic about taking a math test, and chances are you’re probably not going to get their full attention either.”

We know that children are hyperactive, some more than others, and perhaps that’s how some kids are just meant to be.

But how do we help the children that are not coping well or are struggling to be accepted by those around them and disrupting others’ lives. What about how they affect their family’s home-life? Are there other ways of treating them than with medication?

The Birth of Amphetamines

It was not until 1932 when Gordon Alles first patented amphetamine when he was experimenting with amphetamines while trying to improve on ephedrine, a bronchodilator and decongestant.

Alles, after trialling amphetamine for asthma, realised it was not helping patients at all he recognised that perhaps it had a use as a euphoria-producing stimulant after seeing the effects it had on himself and others. This was how the use of amphetamines was born!

Amphetamines had actually  been discovered over 40 years before and were, at the time, believed to be quite valueless pharmaceutically. So it was only at this point that they were found to have a new use as a psychoactive prescription drug!

The Need of using Amphetamines in Children

But should we really be giving small children (and sometimes even babies) strong psychoactive drugs like these? Their brains are developing fast, they are growing, and they are at more risk at this stage in their lives than at any other time of being affected adversely by chemicals.

We are after all extremely careful about the levels of many other chemicals that children may be brought into contact with because we know that children are more susceptible to the effects that chemicals may have on them. Governments in the “West” draw up safety guidelines for many chemicals that we may come into contact with in our daily lives.

The children do not have a deficiency of amphetamines (because amphetamines are not known to have any nutritional use). Amphetamines and other ADHD medications are not found in natural food items as are vitamins and trace minerals in fish, meat, fruit and vegetables. Trace mineral and vitamin levels are certainly areas in which we can have deficencies.

What are the risks that we subject children and babies to when prescribed with methamphetamines such as adderall and vyvanse?

“The most commonly prescribed drug to ADHD patients, including children, are Methamphetamines. The drug poses extreme overdose and addiction risks too.

Withdrawal Effects of Methamphetamines

  • Sleep problems
  • Decreased appetite
  • Delayed growth
  • Head-aches and stomach-aches
  • Rebound (irritability when the medication wears off)
  • Tics
  • Moodiness and irritability”

France has a different way of looking at the condition and as a result they also vary in their mode of treating it as well.

“Instead of using the the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the French use an alternative classification system produced by the French Federation of Pyschiatry called Classification Francaises des Troubles Mentaux de L’Enfant et de L’Adolescent (CFTMEA).”

The French look at ADHD holistically much in the same way as the functional Medicine practitioners view it, and that is to look for the underlying causes of the disorder’s symptoms and as a result rarely do the psychiatrists find it necessary  to prescribe medications, or even use psychotherapy or family counselling. They are showing other countries that it can be done differently.

Where do we start to look for the underlying causes? Food and drink are the very first, then toxins in our food chain, our environment, exercise, stress………. I will be writing more about these in the future.

Do we really need to medicate our children diagnosed with ADHD or are the French psychiatrists showing us the way, the way to look after our children and nurture them?

Meanwhile we have to start thinking who has got treatment for ADHD right, the French or the US and other “Western” countries? 

Is this where US and indeed other Western countries are going wrong? 

Sourced from Almost No Children in France Are Medicated for ADHD – Here is How They Define and Treat It.

 

 

3 Ways to Stay Calm during the Corona Panic

Taking Care of Yourselves

Staying Calm And Centred In Times Of Corona Panic:

Amazing at Home Activities:

Get Started Today As COVID-19 slowly makes its way into major cities and small suburbs across the nation, it's becoming increasingly more difficult to remain calm and not panic. We have been told by authorities to stay in our homes in order to prevent spread, but that does not mean that we should go crazy inside and solely focus our attention on what is happening with world outside.

Try to limit how much news you watch, especially some of the over-hyped reporting that only propagates fear and anxiety. First and foremost, get updates and facts from reliable sources, and then focus your attention elsewhere.

You can avoid contact with other people and wash your hands more carefully, but your ability to remain calm comes from within. That means you'll have to take the necessary steps in reducing your stress and anxiety and promoting calmness while the virus runs its course.

We're going to go over three of the best ways that you can stay calm and centred in times of COVID-19 panic! 

1. Meditation & Mindfulness

So, you're anxious and stressed as a result of the rapid spread of Corona virus!

If you've never attempted meditation or any mindfulness techniques in the past, this is the perfect time to try them out and get some practice under your belt.

According to the Mayo Clinic, meditation can play a huge role in helping you to maintain your mental and emotional health, even benefiting aspects of your physical health.

Here's what meditation can do for you.

  • A greater positive outlook on life
  • Increased feelings of calmness
  • Greater self-awareness
  • Reduced levels of anxiety and stress.
  • Improved focus

The best part is: There are plenty of different types of meditation.

If you're able to focus for long periods of time, you might want to try out guided meditations or visualisation techniques. When you're looking to stay more active while you're self-isolated, you can give Yoga or Pilates a go!

Find out about EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). It is a very useful tool and there are lots of videos about it on Youtube.

2. Finding a Creative Outlet and keeping busy

You might be stuck in the house for the next few weeks, but that doesn't mean you have to end up going crazy. In fact, that would probably only serve to increase the feelings of panic of those around you during such trying times! 

This is a great time to try out some new (or old) creative hobbies. When you're focused on building or creating something new, you're reducing the amount of focus on the negativity surrounding you.

That means creativity is a solid way of helping you to relax. A creative outlet can be almost anything.

Here are a few things you might want to try out (if you have the supplies at hand) or the abilities.

  • Painting, colouring, or drawing. There are lots of videos to give you ideas on Youtube
  • Singing and/or playing musical instruments
  • Taking photos or videos of things you enjoy
  • Building something with things lying around the house
  • Writing Puzzles
  • Sorting out your family photos and printing out a selection to put in an album
  • Get the children dressing up in old clothes of yours

Basically, the goal here is to find an activity or task that requires an intense amount of focus and makes you happy. You won't even notice that you spent the last hour drawing your favourite cartoon character if it's enjoyable! 

3. Giving Back & Helping Others

It's completely natural to be fearful of the unknown but giving back to others can help you to tackle this fear once and for all. When you're giving back to the community or helping those in need, you'll be working to spread compassion and happiness rather than fear and anxiety.

With so many people sick or self-isolated, so many people aren't allowed or able to leave home. However, these individuals do still have needs that they now can't meet on their own.

As long as you're keeping your distance and not exposing anyone to the virus, you can deliver food and groceries. It'll make you feel good about yourself while also helping those who need it!

So, call your neighbours, post something on your Facebook to let those in need know that you are available and how to get in contact.

Red or green card system

Think of suggesting to vulnerable people that you know to post either a green card in their window if they are OK and are not needing help or a red one if they do need assistance. This helps to set our minds at ease that all is well or alerts us to being needed.

Final Thoughts

You can't do much yourself when it comes to curing or stopping the spread of COVID-19, but there are things you can do that can reduce your panic and invoke an overwhelming sense of calmness.

By taking advantage of mindfulness, looking for a creative outlet, and even giving back to those who need it, you'll be able to stay calm and centred, even now!

Take care and count your blessings!

Copyright: Anne Murray, True Wellness4U 2020

Strategies for Embracing the Stresses of Covid-19

and the more Normal Lifetime Stresses

4 Strategies for Embracing Stresses

If you’re facing some life challenges during this difficult, and for everyone, unique period with Covid-19, it can be hard to remember that it’s normal to have obstacles crop up from time to time.

 

Yes, I know this is not a normal obstacle!

 

But just about everyone is having setbacks, disappointments and tough times just now. But going through this rough patch doesn’t have to spoil your life. The key to thriving in the face of adversity is how you respond to the obstacles in your path.

Here are four strategies to help you ride through and come out on top.

  1. Decide to embrace the obstacle

If you’re having a tough time, it can be easy to feel helpless and even that you’re a victim. But it’s up to you to rise to the challenge and decide that you won’t be overwhelmed. Choosing to take control and embrace your challenge is the first step in overcoming it. Look your obstacle square in the face and resolve to meet it.



  1. Be okay with discomfort

The proof that you’re embracing your obstacle is acknowledging that it doesn’t feel good. It can feel uncomfortable, heavy, even painful. There are lots of life experiences that hurt at the time but end up being for your best and highest good. From the normal lifetime difficulties like marathon training, going to the dentist, public speaking to facing life with Covid-19, (including possibly facing debtors) you feel, or will feel, so much better once you’ve faced the worst.

Remember it won’t last forever. Don’t shrink from the bad feelings. You can ride them out!

  1. Make sure you have a support team

You don’t have to face your obstacles alone. It can make all the difference to have people around you who are supportive, who’ll stick by you and cheer you on when you want to give up.

If you have a cheer squad, you’ll find that extra level of energy to help get you through. And you’ll be there for your friends and colleagues when they’re facing their challenges. Once you’re part of a team that has each other’s backs, none of you will have to face life’s ups and downs alone.

You’ll fight together and celebrate success together!

  1. Be grateful for your obstacles

Feeling gratitude for the challenges in life might sound counter-intuitive. But think about it. Accepting the challenge, resolving to meet it head-on, and overcoming it makes you a better, stronger person.

Think of how good it feels to deal with a problem and solve it. To face fear and overcome it.

It sounds strange but there are invariably benefits that come from adverse events. “As one door closes, another door opens”, as that well-known motto goes.

Without obstacles in your life, you would not grow and learn to become a better person. Obstacles are a natural, normal part of living an authentic life.


Life will return to normal, (whatever your normal is).


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