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Question DetailsAsked on 6/17/2013

how can I help my son who has add and adhd how can I help from have a break down

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Thanks so much!

Answered 7 years ago by KielH


Contact the following, who can give you references to mental health professionals as well as support groups, caregiver respite care services, and therapy services for you.

1) your son's primary care provider (family doctor or pediatrician)

2) your son's therapist, psychologist, etc - whoever is treating the condition

3) school special education counselor / teacher (or school district Special Ed department in the summertime, till school opens again)

4) local city and county health department



Answered 7 years ago by LCD


After decades of searching, struggling, finally found good help. Literally saved the life of one I love (formerly very mismedicated) and fixed the LD of another, changing life completely for the better. Excellent guidance from a lab test (urine) which gives levels of dozen or so brain chemicals, neurotransmitters. These levels are very often off and are targeted -- usually by chance and not very well most times -- by prescribed meds.

This test from Pharmasan Labs, NeuroScience Inc. is excellent guidance and can be true guidance for docs to properly medicate and/or the lab gives a suggested course of supplements to make the needed adjustment. They do sell the supplements but they are fully open about exactly what is in them at what amounts and you can use your own brands if you wish. We did that for quite a while initially -- with stunningly good results, but I've finally come to realize they aren't really any more expensive to buy from them and am planning on purchasing from them next time. (Some people get thrown off by a traumatic event and once "replenished" their brain can stay balanced on its own. Our case seems to be that effects were very young, probably in womb for at least one (mercury poisoning of mother found many years later). These individuals often need supplementation for a long time, perhaps always. But the life is much better :D.

That said, also be aware of possible heavy metal issues: metal fillings of child or parent before birth, hobbies, lead dust from house or recreational (ATV) areas, etc. Metals throw off the chemistry and the above supplementation will help but getting the root cause removed would be better if there is one.

Other considerations/risks: Celiac (issues with wheat, rye, barley, oats which starves child of proper nutrition causing serious health and learning issues), issues with processed foods and food dyes (FD&C number whatever). Removing these items can be very helpful for many.

We've had to do a combo, but the urine test was the most useful and dramatic. Best wishes.

Answered 7 years ago by Bookworm

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