It seems that over the years, I see more and more children in my Chicago area office who have been placed on psychotropic (behavioral) medications such as antidepressants, anti-anxiety, stimulants, mood stabilizers and anti-psychotics for their ADD, ADHD and “mood disorders”.
When I trained in pediatrics in the late eighties and early nineties, the percentage of children on these medications was small but over the years, the percentage has risen to an unbelievably high number.
Often, parents consult me about their child because the child isn’t any better on drugs or they feel their child has lost much of their personality. In many cases, the drugs have sparked new problems that are just as bad or worse than the original ones that prompted the medications in the first place.
After a careful 2 hour interview and observation of the child, I often order a neurotransmitter metabolite test to see the ratio of stimulatory to inhibitory neurotransmitters.
I assess the diet, the household environmental issues and the family dynamics, occasionally requiring the interview of both parents.
It is far and few between that I need to keep children on psych meds to deal with ADD or ADHD. In fact, many patients fair better off the medications and on specific amino acids to help support identified neurotransmitters.
Altering the diet is often helpful as well. There can be specific foods such as gluten or additives such as MSG which alter brain chemistry in ways detrimental to the patient.
And, finally, the tools of Scenar and Homeopathy are amazing when trying to make shifts in the nervous system. Sometimes a minor shift away from sympathetic (fright and flight) dominance is all that is necessary to reduce the anxiety that is underlying the behavior problem.
For a review of trials using homeopathy for ADD and ADHD click on this link to read the article by Dana Ullman in the Huffington Post citing a few clinical trials.