To Medicate or Not? Biggest Complaints on ADD/ADHD Medications

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According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 11 percent of children ages 4 to 17 have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  What was the basis for their diagnosis?  We have found that many parents take their kids to the doctor after they have experienced issues at school.  The easiest and most prescribed treatment for ADHD by doctors is to medicate the child. But, is this your only option?

The most common misconception is that there is not an alternative for medication or to taking drugs. In reality, there are many different alternatives to these drugs; they just haven’t been fully accepted by the medical community. We understand that these drugs do work for a minority of people, but we constantly hear stories from concerned parents who are begging for an alternative to medication. Here are the three biggest complaints we hear:

  1. The kids hate it! Time and time again we hear that kids don’t feel like themselves while taking prescription drugs for ADHD. The parents say the same thing. Sure, their child seems to be improving mental focus and acting calmer, but is it worth losing happiness? Being a child can be one of the happiest times in a person’s life. Their plate is full of enough with things that stress them out; there is no need to add another unnecessary burden. The biggest misconception is that there is not an alternative for ADHD medication. However, by building new neuron connections in the brain, the need for these drugs can be minimized, if not eliminated.

  2. The drugs are dangerous! The chemical makeup of most ADHD medications is the same as the illegal drug, “speed”. It is an amphetamine that alters the chemical makeup of an individual’s brain. There is an extensive list of short and long-term side effects that your child could experience. They can also be highly addictive and users can experience many withdrawal symptoms once they stop using the medication. (Which many stop during the summer months). Many doctors are starting kids on prescriptions way too early. A child still has so much physical and mental development ahead of them. This development can be altered by the drugs’ chemicals and nobody really understands the long-term effects of these medications. Not to mention the unfortunate news stories out there on tragedies related to prescription drugs - like eight-year-old Jake Steinbrecher from Colorado, who died after consuming a lethal dose of his ADHD medication.

  3. The drugs are expensive! Most prescription medication for ADHD can cost between $50 and $150 per month! Yes, many people have insurance, but that drastically affects premiums and your child’s future premium prices (not to mention, insurance is becoming more costly each year for everyone). If a child takes these drugs from ages 8-18, on average it will cost $1,200 per year and total $12,000+ in ten years! This also doesn’t solve the problem; it’s just a temporary solution. There is an alternative to medication that can permanently solve issues with ADHD, and are a fraction of the cost with lifelong benefits.

Again, prescription drugs do work for some people, but the majority of people we talk to are looking for an alternative for medication. We are one such alternative.  That being stated, we do NOT encourage people to take their children off medication right away.  However, we do see a majority of our students come off their medications within two months of our program.

There are permanent solutions that help children succeed in school without throwing pills their way. Once you get them addicted, it will be a lot harder for them to ween off of them, if they choose, in the future. We understand there is no money for drug companies in finding a cure, only money in treating the condition for life (with prescription medications).

If you or your child have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD and are taking prescription medications – or are considering taking prescription medications – contact us.  We’re happy to explain how we work with children and adults with ADD/ADHD.  www.If you would like more information about how Pheno Brain Training works with children and adults with ADD/ADHD, visit:  

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