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Do supplements and alternative medicines help even a bit in controlling hyper impulsive behavior and better focus..any experiences?

Hi friends,

I have a 11 year old who is diagnosed with ADHD.

Can anyone share your experiences with giving supplements to your kids? Did it work? I have been giving multivitamin and fish oil and yet to see any prominent change. Thinking about Gaba supplements.

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I use Child Ease from InfoWars.com and noticed a huge improvement in my 7 year old. Its very safe with high quality ingredients.

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The reality is that what works for one child may not work for another. Everyone in this group offers helpful advice. You have to find what works best for your individual child. For some medication works for others not. I believe that educating yourself and child on how to live with ADHD is best for all. Also therapy, proper nutrition and sleep are important. I would try different avenues to see what works best. Good luck.🙂

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Passionflower is said to also be beneficial for focus. My daughter is not diagnosed as ADHD but I do occasionally use this with her and she has no side effects.

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Thanks a lot for all your replies.

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As an adult I take fish oil. Ari Tuckman, PsycD, notes in "More Attention, Less Deficit" that it can take supplements longer to work and so you may not see a benefit for weeks or longer. However children are not small adults. They as a patient population can have their own reactions to a compound or dosage, or may need a different delivery method. As someone who has worked in research, I wouldn't consider asking my child's doctor about compounds that have not shown statistical significance in the improvement of ADHD symptoms before ones that have. As of right now, the data is showing alternative therapies are not as effective in the general population (http://www.ajmc.com/newsroom/review-of-trials-finds-support-for-combination-adhd-therapies-but-not-alternative-treatments).

As was already stated, what works for one may not work for another. It is also beneficial to look into what environmental factors (school, home, diet, exercise, etc.) can be changed to help foster a routine that the patient can maintain with minimal intervention. Have the patient write down a couple notes everyday (or every other day) about how a compound makes them feel or if they notice a change in their ability to manage their symptoms. This allows them to participate in the feedback loop and keep them engaged. And they need to be engaged in order to grow into managing their ADHD as an adult (personal experience).

If you need to pursue alternative therapies, understood.org has the following checklist available:

understood.org/en/learning-...

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