Overcoming ADHD without Medication was developed through years of research as well as field work in the public school system and in private tutoring. This easy to read book also contains ideas reflecting the life work from a number of educational and mental health professionals from various specific fields.
Some of the non-pharmaceutical methods covered in Overcoming ADHD without Medication, in addition to discussing lifestyle changes and prevention, are art and art therapy, green therapy, nutrition, biofeedback, positive teaching methods and adjustments, positive parenting adjustments.
Childhood depression and childhood bipolar disorder are also discussed. There is much circumstantial, observational as well as scientific evidence that supports the view that non-pharmaceutical methods of treating ADHD, including self-help, are not only of much value, but can effectively take a child out of the classifiable range.
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|Age Range:||18 Years|
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We live in a world today that everyone's first line of defense for ADHA is to pop a pill. But what if there were another way to solve the problem and get help. Well in Overcoming ADHD Without Medication you are given other possible treatments for ADHD from life style changes to counseling. As a older sister who grew up with two brothers one with ADHD and One with ADD I know that sometimes medicine is the answer but I am also well aware that making changes in how you approach things can be just as helpful then swallowing a pill. This book was a refreshing look at alternatives for those of us who don't necessarily want to automatically treat something with a pill. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone with children in there life that they feel may be suffering from ADHD. i also want to say that having ADHD does not mean you can not live a normal life both of my brothers currently take no medication, work full time jobs, one has a girlfriend, and both are living happy healthy life.
The author of Overcoming ADHD without Medication has created an accurate overview of ADHD including causes, problems created at home and in school, and current treatment options. The book is concerned with helping parents and educators find ways to help children (and adults) minimize the symptoms which create problems. It does so in an easy to read manner without complicated language or medical jargon. Particularly helpful was information on things that can contribute to the issues associated with ADHD. Thoughtful consideration is given to the impact of electronic use (especially TV and video games), diet, exercise, and outdoor activities. Medications commonly used to treat ADHD are covered in an understandable manner. Other treatments include an in depth look at limiting electronics and media, a balanced diet, exercise (especially outdoors), music, art and parental presence and interaction. The second part of the book is dedicated to educators dealing with children with ADHD. This section includes lists of things to do and to avoid. Some were helpful and others were beyond the control of most teachers (class size, one on one focus, etc.). Included in this section are a number of useful resources. The book reveals a good understanding of the children and families living with ADHD, identifies some of problems in diagnosis and treatment, and offers some new treatment options. There are a few sections which are repetitive (art treatment and issues with electronics) but the book is still interesting, informative, and encouraging.
Taking as its premise the idea that ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is currently too frequently diagnosed (the authors tell us that three to ten percent of children in every state are diagnosed with the disorder) and that medications, specifically stimulants and antidepressants, for the condition are over-prescribed, Overcoming ADHD Without Medication argues that the disorder can be treated and even possibly prevented by carefully attending to children's educational, spiritual, dietary and parental needs. In presenting sobering statistics from current research, such as the possibility that up to forty-two percent of ADHD patients who take medications for the condition do not respond positively to them, the authors leave readers hungry for alternative solutions, which they supply in abundance. The authors do go over basic information concerning the more commonly prescribed medications and discuss their side effects, although they do not dwell on the negative aspects of medicating for ADHD as a scare tactic. One theme heavily present throughout the first few chapters concerns the relationship between media and ADHD. Children's increasing reliance on video games, particularly ones involving violence, and television for their daily entertainment (and some parents' apathetic resignation to allow this trend to continue and manifest itself in the symptoms of ADHD), the authors assert, is contributing not only to the ADHD epidemic but also to poorer scores in math and reading. Though the authors do not present any one solution as a panacea (and it is understandable that they would not—they admit upfront that ADHD is brought about by a still misunderstood combination of genetic, social, and environmental factors), the authors provide a more realistic and palatable constellation of ways that parents and teachers can actively combat ADHD symptoms and perhaps prevent their onset. Good parenting, the authors argue, is key to confronting ADHD symptoms—with the right amount of one on one attention and unconditional love, parents can create an environment that will allow their children to thrive—in fact, all of the specific solutions offered in the text follow from this basic principal that every child requires and deserves the devotion of at least one dedicated adult in his or her life; without such attention, the stage is set for ADHD, as well as depression, to develop. The authors share one particular conviction: reading on a daily basis and participating in art will help children focus and learn well as give them a needed benefit of quiet time, which is something that children with ADHD need. Additionally, the authors recommend that parents reconsider their children's often high-sugar diets and replace them with a “restricted elimination diet”. “Green time”, activities such as camping, playing in a park, and jogging, is also touted as a means of getting children to exercise outdoors and learn to enjoy nature. An impressive list of online and print resources (for introducing children to art projects, for example) is offered with every solution, which gives parents and teachers avenues for more practical guidance. The authors also provide a helpful annotated bibliography of sources related to treating ADHD, and the index and bibliography is an invaluable resource for parents and teachers who wish to read further about a range of ADHD related issues, including clinical trials and sources concerning “green” therapy. Though the authors acknowledge their bias towards treating ADHD without resorting to the front line drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin, their presentation of the material is balanced and offers the audience numerous citations within each chapter to allow readers to conduct their own outside research. Overall, the text offers a nice combination of theory, science, and practical guidance that optimistically and credibly argues for an alternative to medicating children with ADHD.
As a preschool teacher and someone who interacts with many different age groups of children, having an awareness of the problems facing children today is crucial. ADHD and its over diagnosis in children is something that has always concerned me. I have not always agreed with the medicating of children and this book provides a nice overview of the factual information as well as ways to treat ADHD without the use of medication. Upon my initial reading of the book, I found myself thinking, “Isn’t this common sense? Shouldn’t ALL parents/caregivers be doing this with their children, ADHD diagnosed or not?” I feel that in today’s society, we are all too quick to sit our children in front of the television or a video game to get some time to ourselves. I think that Western society tends to be so over worked that we just do not have the energy to interact with our children like we should. I began to wonder if parents/caregivers simply took the time to take their children places and make the effort to eat healthy meals that the instances of ADHD diagnosis would be greatly reduced. I did have a few criticisms that did come to mind while reading this book. I felt that it vilified the usage of medication, not merely offer alternatives, in some portions of the book. Of course every parent/caregiver wants to exhaust all options before medicating their child. My initial reaction to some of the points on medication made me feel like a parent medicating their child as a last resort would be creating a lifelong drug addict. This was contradictory to the point that children tend to grow out of ADHD. One line stuck out to me as it referred to medicating a child with ADHD as “experimenting with stimulant medication.” Some parents may have really made the effort to treat their child's ADHD and found that they were still not making progress thus having to resort to medication. My other criticism came from the portion about films in the classroom. Educational films that extend upon the curriculum should not be discredited by teachers as valid teaching methods. I found that when I could see pictures and re-enactments from, for example, The Civil War, I understood the material on a deeper level. I feel that perhaps the author could have touched on this in the section and stated that not all films are bad in the classroom. This was probably not the intent of the author, to say that all films were bad, but it could be interpreted that way. Overall, this book is a good source for teachers and parents wanting to understand how they can vary their lesson plans and teaching techniques to suit a student with ADHD and for parents to alter their home life to suit a child with ADHD. However, I think this should be something done by teacher and parents, regardless. I struggle to accept that these things do not always happen in homes and classrooms across the United States.