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Have been going the natural route-May need meds?

I have tried many non med options (herbal, very restricted diet, Speech OT, tutor) and have seen good results.  But over the last couple months I have watched my DD anxiety increase.  It seems she is overwhelmed by new situations and she is very excitable.  She is also isolating herself in school, I believe it is just easier for her to not interact so she chooses not to.  I am exploring the SID (social integration) angle right n ow and will be getting her a therapist.  Academically she is doing really well.  So I was just thinking gosh am I doing the right thing by not using meds?  Could I be making her life more difficult?  Feeling guilt I guess….


Glad to hear you have had some good non-med results! Is it the anxiety you are concerned about or the ADHD?  I didn’t quite understand from your post.

I have read that treating ADHD with meds can also help with the anxiety. Your doctor or child psychiatrist can help you with this info.

We were reluctant to starts meds for our son (at the time he was 12) but honestly, it has been the best thing for him (and us). But every kid is different and our son does not have anxiety issues.

When we started meds, we did it on a trial basis. That way we could assess the “pros and cons” of it all.  You may want to consider that route.  If the medicine doesn’t help - then at least you know.  If it does help - then why deny her something that can help her?

My favourite ADHD resource is a YouTube video titled “Essential Ideas for Parents” by Russell Barkley. He is one of the leading ADHD experts.  Just google this title on YouTube.  It is long but well worth watching.

Just my thoughts.  Good luck!

Posted by staypositive on Jan 31, 2014 at 6:58pm

Thanks for your reply.  I think her anxiety is related to social situations and new situations, where she doesn’t know exactly what is going to happen.  I am hoping therapy will help.  She is very resistant to deep breathing and positive self talk which I have been trying to do with her.  She is 9.

Posted by Jeanetterob on Jan 31, 2014 at 7:04pm


Since anxiety is part of your child’s symptoms have you considered Neurofeedback?

I stumbled across this great blog written by a mother who decided to go from medication to Neurofeedback for her child.  She journals her son’s treatment and also speaks of supplements, nutrition and other informative information.  She does a great job explaining Neurofeedback.  She said the only negative is that she wishes she had started it sooner for him.  I will put the link in at the bottom of the post.

I am an adult and had issues of anxiety, depression, ADHD (hyperness, impulsiveness, distractibility, etc).  All these symptoms were eliminated with Neurofeedback.  I suffered with chronic deep rooted anxiety until I was 49! Gone! All those years I thought anxiety was because of things going on around me.  Little did I know I had an area of my brain that was stuck in overdrive causing imbalances in my brainwaves. 

One of the best thing about Neurofeedback is that it restores the brain to balance and it never goes back to the way it was before.  Unbelievable!

I hope you check it out for your child.


Posted by Mitzi Maine on Feb 16, 2014 at 12:43pm

Thank you Mitzi!  I’ll check it out.  I heard it is expensive…

Posted by Jeanetterob on Feb 17, 2014 at 9:53pm

Hi Jeanetterob,

It depends.  I get mine through a trained LCSW so it is only $150 a visit.

The great thing about Neurofeedback is the results are permanent.  You don’t do it forever.  Once the brain finds a healthier operating mode it stays there, pretty awesome!

I hope you will read the mother’s blog.  She does a great job speaking of her son’s experience.


Posted by Mitzi Maine on Feb 17, 2014 at 10:06pm

Hi Jeanetterob,

I came across this article today and thought you might like it.  It is a published article from the Boston Globe on the difference that the children who had experienced Neurofeedback versus computer training.  All children who were on meds or not on meds who had NF had lasting effects from the treatment.


Posted by Mitzi Maine on Feb 18, 2014 at 3:54am

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