Whether your concern is about your own adult ADD or for your child with attention problems, we can agree that something is not optimal about how you or your child functions, but that's very different than the mislabeling and misdiagnosis of the condition. The misdiagnosis of "adult ADD" or "childhood ADD," is not benign. The potential underlying multiple causes of ADD get ignored when the diagnostic label is "ADD."
Presently, there is no physical test, or blood test to prove this condition is isolated in the brain, and caused by the brain. We know there is brain involvement, but there cannot be a reasonable conclusion that the underlying problem is due to your child's brain (or yours). Yet it is precisely this faulty assumption about your child's brain (or your brain—in adult ADD) which dictates the use of the dangerous drugs they want to force on your child, or convince YOU to take for the bogus adult ADD label.
You rightly hesitate to start medicating your child because you know the dangerous safety record of psychoactive drugs in adults, and even more-so for children. Children, or adults mislabeled and misdiagnosed with "attention deficit disorder" or "attention deficit hyperactivity disorder" will be treated with destructive medications by doctors who believe that your child's brain, or body, is incapable of healing or repairing, and coping on its own. This is a false medical belief system of doctors and biased, indoctrinated educators (teachers).
This false belief is the sole reason they believe in prescribing destructive medications. But don't let their false beliefs fool you. They don't know ANYTHING about methods to restore brain function like holistic functional medicine or applied clinical nutrition. You need a drug-free alternative opinion, and the help of a non medicine alternative doctor.
What is ADD?
ADD is not a psychological disorder of the brain. ADD is a result of a physiological disharmony of the body that affects the brain. Sometimes it is coupled with a previously dismissed or overlooked post concussion syndrome from a minor head impact, but generally, brain function follows the sub-optimal physiology of the body. Brain function is affected when the physiology of the body is sub-par. A functional medicine doctor is the only kind of practitioner who addresses the core, underlying sub-optimal physiology of the body.
What is the standard care for childrens with ADD & ADHD?
Other than alternative medicine, or functional medicine, the standard care for kids with "ADD" or "ADHD" is a dead-end street of psychoactive drugs for the rest of your child's life. More than 25% of Kids and Teens in the U.S. Take Prescriptions on a Regular Basis! Just because you are familiar with the idea of lifetime medications for dangerous-ADHD-medsconditions in adults, such as type II diabetes, it does not mean it is safe for your child to take lifetime drugs altering brain function. Even the familiar can be risky. The drugs they want to prescribe are so powerful they are considered "controlled substances" by the drug enforcement agency. Who decided that these are ok for kids?
Any ADD/ADHD treatment must be based on a physical examination
Successful ADD treatment can not be based solely on interviews with children or adults. Prescriptive guessing —by well intentioned, but clueless people in doctor's coats— will never get to the potential multiple root causes of ADD. The doctor must do a physical exam, and it must be focused on revealing the sub optimal physiology and functions of your child's body (or your body in adult ADD). Together, these areas of sub-optimal physiology, like the brain-gut axis and the brain-immune axis, contribute to, and are the true causes of ADD.
ADD/ADHD Alternative Treatment
When it comes to functional medicine and complementary or alternative care, you should never take the advice of someone who is not immersed in, and does not fully understand a functional medicine, complementary and alternative practice. So, without telling you not to listen to your conventional doctor on things for which he/she is not an expert (because he/she doesn't practice that way), you should understand that you need to consult with a different kind of doctor– a holistic doctor– to get the answers you need. Otherwise, you will get more of the same unqualified advice.
Taking the unqualified advice of a conventionally trained physician regarding "ADD" can be confusing. Remember: their beliefs regarding this condition are not based on any physical test or blood test. Their evaluation based on an interview is insufficient, or entirely meaningless. Old-school approaches like that will ultimately fail. Sometimes you just have to go with your own gut feelings: that the best answer for children with "ADD" (or for adult ADD) is a natural, drug-free, body-based approach.
So now it is time to make your own decision for a drug-free alternative doctor to help your child, or yourself. You can call it complementary care for ADD, but at least you know that there is a natural, non-pharmaceutical, multi-step program available, instead of treating ADD with chemicals. So in your case you are really looking for a completely alternative treatment for ADD, not a complement to the misguided, standard drug therapy. Yes, you can help yourself, or your child without using dangerous medicines. We have a safe alternative for healthy children, and adults in Los Angeles.