My son was diagnosed 3 years ago with add. He is not Hyper - just has a difficult time with attention factors. He has gone thru several medications but hates to take them. Would take them about 60% of the time. Now 17- he Recently stopped taking them altogether. His grades have dropped to failing levels in most classes. Do you have any suggestions for alternative treatments that do not involve medication?
Yes. Here are two books you should read:
Twelve Effective Ways to Help Your ADD/ADHD Child: Drug Free Alternatives by Laura J. Stevens and the LCP Solution by Jacqueline Stordy. This will tell you all about essential fatty acid supplementation, ruling out food and environmental allergies, keeping a food diary to see if food additives trigger ADD behaviors and considering the Feingold diet, ruling out sleep apnea, trying neurofeedback. There are many, many options that may address the underlying problem instead of taking prescription medications. Good luck to you.