According to the CDC, the rate of ADHD diagnosis is increasing dramatically in the United States every year.
Following are the kids ages 5 – 17 diagnosed with ADHD:
- 1998 – 1 in 16 kids
- 2003 – 1 in 13 kids
- 2007 – 1 in 11 kids
- 2011 – 1 in 9 kids
The percentages of those kids with a ADHD diagnosis on stimulant medicine is sitting somewhere between 70 – 80%.
This is the front-line treatment plan from most Medical Drs these days. There is so much that can be done before one goes down this part, the problem is most medical Drs are not trained or aware of these other treatment paths. When I asked our Pediatrician about those other options, he closed down the subject immediately, stating it had absolutely no merit. Not knowing what I knew now, I just accepted it and kept giving my son his stimulant medication.
Twelve months on and I know there is definitely merit, I can see the dramatic changes in my son.
This is the exact reason I have started sharing my own journey, to help others out there be aware of the options. To make it easy for them to find and easy to understand.
Some other treatment plans for you to consider include:
- Getting to the bottom of what is going on in the body through functional testing;
- Improving nutrition and implementing a tailored diet;
- Taking recommended vitamins and supplements;
- Ensuring enough exercise is had;
- Using specialist essential oils;
- Getting plenty of good quality sleep;
- Working with a specialized Coach or psychologist;
I do want to say though that every kid and family is different and so it is an individual’s choice if they give their child medication or not. I will never ever criticize anyone for the choices they make for their family.