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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.

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'?

Compared to:

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

All the best,



The following comments are for "ADHD and Its Drugs vs. Alternative Methods, Without Psychiatric Drugs"
by dearme

As a sufferer of ADHD
I found this article very interesting.

When I turned 18 and was old enough to make my own decisions about my medical care, I stopped taking Ritalin. And I stopped cold-turkey at that.

Even now, I carry a diagnosis of ADHD; however, I did what I feel more people in general should do -- I learned what was, and what was not, acceptable behavior, and I behave accordingly.

It's not easy; it never as been. But no one is born into this world perfect, and we each have our own demons to fight.

Remember: when it comes to ADHD, behavior modification and personal responsibility are wonderful things.

Ochani Lele

( Posted by: OchaniLele [Member] On: December 22, 2008 )

I was diagnosed and put on medication at the ripe old age of 6, and that was in 1972. I think back then the disorder was called, simply, hyperactive disorder, but on that I might be mistaken.

Ochani Lele

( Posted by: OchaniLele [Member] On: December 22, 2008 )

ADHD and Ridilen
Um...isn't it still retarted to give a kid with a hyper active disorder ritalen, which has the same effect as meth, crack, and cocane? Isn't that slightly redundent, and extremely dangerous. If they get taken off ritalen it would be really easily for them to look to meth or what ever to get that feeling back that they have became addicted or used to. It just seems really odd. Well I sure this isn't a comment you were looking for, sorry.


( Posted by: Kayame [Member] On: December 23, 2008 )

ADHD and Ritalin, etc.
Hi Kayame,

Yes, this is just one of the problems ('addiction') from taking certain types of psychiatric drugs for attention, behavior and learning problems (ADHD).

So, if somebody is on one of these type psychiatric drugs, (that are addictive), and decide to change over to an alternative treatment (without psychiatric drugs). That person would need to be weaned off of that drug (a gradual decrease in dosage plus an intake of other natural forms of supplements, as an example: vitamins/nutrients/herbs) so as to break the addiction.

Hooking up with a successful (statistics wise) holistic/nutritional/medical Dr. would be, from my viewpoint, a very good action to take. As they would have the expertise (from previous successful results) as to the procedure necessary to wean the patient off of the addictive drug, find out the actual cause of the attention, behavior or learning problem(s), then further treat as needed.

( Posted by: dearme [Member] On: December 23, 2008 )

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