ADHD and age

  1. Prescribing ADHD meds to kids

    Hope on the horizon for over-drugged kids

    Every single day children are being given heavy-duty ADHD meds -- and in way too many of those cases the kids don't even have the condition to begin with, they simply need a bit more time to mature.

    But the evidence is stacking up and drugging our kids just for BEING kids could soon be a thing of the past.

    When Icelandic researchers followed a group of elementary school students they found that the kids who were the youngest in their class in fourth grade were a staggering 50 percent more likely than their older classmates to be on ADHD meds by the time they reached seventh grade.

    The results of a similar Canadian study were even more shocking. The youngest girls in a class were an astounding 70 percent more likely to be given ADHD meds than the oldest girls. The youngest boys fared a bit better, but were still 40 percent more likely to be saddled with the mind-altering drugs.

    A 2010 study found that the youngest kindergartners are 60 percent more likely to get ADHD meds than the oldest ones.

    And now it appears that conventional medicine docs may finally be getting the message. According to new research published in the journal Pediatrics, prescriptions for stimulants to treat ADHD in preschool children leveled off between 2006 and 2009.

    The news isn't all positive however. Researchers also reported that diagnoses continued to climb during that same period. And saddling a young child with an ADHD diagnosis is seldom a good thing.

    If your child is amongst the youngest in his class and you feel he needs more time to mature, holding him back for a year is a perfectly acceptable option. Being the oldest in his class for a change could help relieve some of the pressure that both of you are feeling.

    And if age isn't a factor in your child or grandchild's ADHD diagnosis, some simple dietary tweaks... including cutting out processed foods and other junk... can go a long way. Hormonal imbalances may also play a role in behavior, and natural approaches can help here too.

    Visit a holistic doctor who can track down the real cause of your child's unwelcome behavior and then try natural, non-drug solutions to correct the problem once and for all.

  2. Younger kids get ADHD diagnosis

    Kids drugged for normal behavior

    It's like drugging a 9-year-old for not being 10.

    Every day, kids are given ADHD meds after receiving an ADHD diagnosis -- and in many cases, these children don't even have the condition.

    They're just younger. The youngest kids in a class are nearly a year behind their oldest classmates -- and they act it, too. But instead of being given the time they need to mature, they're given an ADHD diagnosis and meds to "treat" it.

    This happens a lot more than most people realize.

    In one new study out of Iceland, the youngest kids in fourth grade were 50 percent more likely to be on ADHD drugs by seventh grade than their oldest classmates. They also did worse on language and math tests, which only proves that these children aren't really ADHD kids.

    They're just nearly a year behind their classmates -- and it shows in every way.

    It's not the first study to make this link, by the way. One study out of Canada recently found that the youngest girls in class are 70 percent more likely to be on ADHD meds than the oldest, while the youngest boys are 40 percent more likely to be taking those drugs.

    And in 2010, researchers found the youngest kids in kindergarten are 60 percent more likely to get ADHD diagnosis and meds than the oldest.

    One option for parents of younger children is to hold them back a year so they become the oldest, rather than youngest, kids in class -- there are advantages that go beyond a lower risk of an ADHD diagnosis.

    And of course, there are ADHD cases where there's more than just age at play -- but most of those kids don't need meds either. Basic dietary changes can often make a huge difference -- especially the elimination of processed foods and other junk.

    And some children may have hormonal problems that can be addressed naturally (many of which are rooted in the same dietary problems).

    If you've been told your own child or grandchild has ADHD, don't rush out to fill that Ritalin prescription. Visit a holistic doctor who can find and correct the real cause instead.

    And for more information on ADHD, see my book, "Prescription for Natural Cures."

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