What are the advantages of pursuing a natural approach to ADHD? Well, nobody really knows for certain what causes ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. What they do know is that by introducing certain types of stimulant medication, it can have an effect on a brain chemical called dopamine, which seems out of balance in some children who are showing behavioural symptoms of this disorder. Those behaviours are assessed on questionnaire scales usually through a system known as Connor's Scale. The problem with this is that to diagnose ADHD, it looks at the behavioural outcomes and not the causes. As we know with children, there can be many underlying reasons as to why their behaviours are questionable. What we do know is that the effects of these types of mediations can have severe and damaging side effects for some children and do not always improve the behaviours and in fact can sometimes make them worse. By pursuing a natural approach it is possible to ascertain what some of the underlying reasons are and monitor improvements without having to introduce controversial medication
So for many people it makes far more sense to start with natural approaches that do not have any harmful side effects with their children but of course the challenge is to find out which natural approach is going to be most effective.
Here is the argument for an integrated natural approach. However, it is important to be able to measure how effective the natural approaches are in helping your child with ADHD. First and foremost, determine which behavior needs to be worked on and work out appropriate rewards agreed between you and your child. What is your child like at coping with various emotions. Frequently emotions can be mismanaged by the child. Something is wrong with the way your child is feeling but they do not know how to express this in any other way than through their behaviour. For this reason, a natural approach is the Dr Edward Bach Flower Remedies which constitutes a complete emotional management system and all you need to do is to identify which one most appropriately matches the way your child is feeling.
Secondly, examine your child's diet. There is a possibility food or certain additives in food can trigger certain behaviours. Discovering what these are is a vital step in treatment of ADHD.
Exercise is also known to help, as it is a self correcting measure for that all important brain chemistry and increases the feel good factors at the same time. Other natural methods include addressing any deep seated core issues that your child may have relating to past events that anchor in their feelings that get triggered alongside negative patterns that they rerun because they do not have any other coping mechanism in place to deal with these. Also, it is possible to learn natural approaches that help with relaxation. Many children presenting ADHD characteristics find it very difficult to relax and often have their sleeping patterns disturbed. When considering alternative approaches to treating ADHD consider the best way for your child to learn. Often schools are unable to cope with these behaviours and resort to excluding children which can put added strain on family members. A natural learning environment learning through a programme of Eco activities and working with animals has always traditionally proved the best learning approach to children experiencing these challenges in a traditional classroom environment.
Recording your results with these natural techniques should give you an insight into which ones work without the need for powerful drugs to correct bad behavior.