In trying to explain why treating impulsive behaviors in ADHD children is so problematic, we have to understand a little bit about what is happening in the brain. Basically, the right balance of brain transmitters is all skewed. That means there is an imbalance between the norepinephrine and the dopamine and this results in impulsive behaviors which may be dangerous for the child and for others around him.
What can you do with an ADHD child not concentrating? This is often a problem for teachers and parents alike. This will have repercussions on his childhood and even in adulthood unless he is given help and support. If a child has been diagnosed with ADHD inattentive type, this lack of focus or inability to stay on task will be very noticeable. What is happening here?
A lucid dream is a dream in which you are aware that you are dreaming. These dreams can even be controlled. Do they exist or is it something you imagine? Can it be trained? Some people find out that they are dreaming while they are dreaming, and they are able to control the way their dream develops. You could say that they are composing their dream while dreaming it.
Does the problem of ADHD and lack of focus justify the use of powerful amphetamine like drugs? Well, according to the experts such as CDC, NIMH and the Pediatrics Journal, the rise in the use of these drugs is alarming and they are worried. Maybe we should be worried too! These drugs are well known and in fact have become household names. They actually do help in alleviating some of the ADHD symptoms such as inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.
Prescription medicine for ADHD still continues to be big business and seems to be recession proof. Just let me give you an example. The FDA has just approved a type of medication which can be used as a once a day pill in addition to the stimulant medication. The company who are making this medicine (Intuniv) are delighted as their sales for this drug alone in the past year, passed the $166 million mark.
There is a lot of mystery surrounding the concept of psychotherapy. Psychotherapy gets a lot of serious and joking flak from people who do not understand what it really is in its real and best form. In fact, the unusual mixture of privacy, intimacy with boundaries, and business found in therapy is paradoxical and confusing for many who have never experienced it.
Let me ask you a question. Why do you think the Drug Enforcement Agency is so worried about the fact that schools have larger supplies of ADHD pills in stock than your average pharmacy? They have summed up the situation very neatly by pointing out that Ritalin, Vyvanse and Focalin are 'over-promoted, over-marketed and over-sold' drugs! Nobody will deny that these ADHD pills can be a great help in relieving some of the symptoms of ADHD but their use must be limited and it must be restricted to a short time span.
If your ADHD child will not focus, then this is just one aspect of this condition but it is one of the most important ones when it comes to decisions about ADHD treatment. There are some very helpful suggestions in Martin Kutscher's book called Organizing the Disorganized Child: Simple Strategies to Succeed in School. Before we look at these, let us look at the other side of the coin in the problem of when your child will not focus.
Did you know that there are new treatments for ADHD which can really help your ADHD child to think for himself? These are known as cognitive training programs and they are gaining in popularity as parents want to steer clear of psychostimulant treatments which are causing some concern. Psychostimulants such as Adderall and Vyvanse are far too limited and they do not do the real job of helping the child to think, solve problems, control his impulses and so on.
Millions of children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are given ADHD medication in order to stop the symptoms. Doctors say that these stimulant drugs like Ritalin are the most effective treatments for ADHD because it corrects the neurotransmitter imbalance that behind the disorder. But are you aware that medicating your child is the not necessarily the best way to treat ADHD?