Summary of Article: With reference to ADHD – (which, in the main, refers to people with attention, behavior and learning problems). There is a lot of contention with the populace as to whether psychiatric drug treatment is the route to take in treating ADHD, or holistic/nutritional/medical treatment, (without the use of psychiatric drugs). This article gives insight on both forms of treatment together with suggestions on how to decide which treatment is best.
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So-called “ADHD” (Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) was classified and voted into existence in 1987 by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).
In the main, ADHD relates to people having attention, behavior and learning problems. These type problems, of course, have been around since time immemorial! Treating these type problems the psychiatric way, involves the prescribing of potentially very high-risk drugs (like Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta, etc.)
Alternative methods for treating people with attention, behavior and learning problems (ADHD) is holistic/nutritional/medical, without the use of psychiatric drugs.
Based on the research I’ve carried out, there is contention, (disagreement and arguments), within the public marketplace as to which route to take, either: 1) The psychiatric way with their drugs or: 2) The holistic/nutritional/medical way, without the use of psychiatric drugs.
At the end of the day, to arrive at a rational conclusion on this problem, (as with any situation in life), statistics need to be viewed to evaluate the best course of action to take -- either treatment program 1) or 2) above. This evaluation to include: 1) The effects created from ingesting psychiatric drugs, prescribed for attention, behavior and learning problems, or similar ('ADHD'). And: 2) The effects created from alternative treatment methods, (holistic/nutritional/medical), without the use of psychiatric drugs.
My conclusions from statistics viewed, (arrived at after intense research carried out), are as follows:
1) Without question, the ingestion of psychiatric drugs is a 'hit or miss' affair or ‘a shot in the dark.’ These drugs, (Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta, and similar) -- even though, possibly at times, giving the apparency of ‘working,’ have potentially high-risks of adverse effect(s) occurring, (short or long term).
So, is this type of treatment a method with overall safety and a 'fair bet'?
2) Holistic/nutritional/medical - (as outlined in Dr. Mary Ann Block's book ‘No More ADHD,’ and similarly by many other Dr’s. of her ilk across the world). These methods involve locating the source of the problem, and treating accordingly (without, of course, the use of psychiatric drugs). These actions are a least intrusive methodology, without any 'potential high-risks' involved.
Do these types of treatment methods provide overall safety and are they fair bets?
Result of 1) above -- with statistics of uncertainty as regards the outcome, (based on the suffering that has occurred and is continuing to occur), this is an unfair bet and carries with it a high-risk potential for suffering!
Result of 2) above -- with very good, continued statistics of success from these types of treatments, this is a fair bet and very safe!
Conclusion: The action of ingesting psychiatric drugs is potentially dangerous!
The action of locating a very good holistic/nutritional/medical Dr., (that carries out similar successful actions as Dr. Mary Ann Block), that has a past high success rate in treating patients with attention, behavior, learning or similar problems (without the use of psychiatric drugs) is the way to go!
My recommendation: anybody with attention, behavior or learning problems, carry out the necessary research to arrive at their own rational conclusion as to what course of action to take in treating the problem.
Or, if anybody is already taking psychiatric drugs for these or similar problems, I recommend they, or somebody on their behalf, carry out new or further research and arrive at a rational conclusion as to what course of action to take.
You should be able to obtain sufficient statistics from research on the Internet.
All the very best
Author's Bio: A teacher friend alerted Ray Pem to several of her student’s problems, due to taking the psychiatric drug Ritalin. He then read Dr. Mary Ann Block's book, 'No More ADHD', which gives startling information on the truths of the effects of psychiatric drugs; together with successful alternative solutions in assisting children with attention, behavior and learning problems - please see report and further details at http://www.adhdtruth.com
All the best,