How We Stopped Using Ritalin for ADHD and ODD10:43 AM
I have written before about our decision to use medication for my oldest son's ADHD and ODD. It was not a decision that we made lightly, and at the time, it was one that was necessary. For over two years Joshua was on a combination of Ritalin and Tenex to manage his ADHD and ODD behaviors. It didn't make things perfect, but it slowed his thought process down enough that he could begin using different methods to make better choices.
This year in school, Joshua decided he did not want to take his medication anymore, and in school he would skip it, which led to detentions and referrals. So, I made the decision to homeschool him and enrolled him in FLVS. I also made an effort to research different natural methods of managing his ADHD and ODD. After a lot of research, I found a combination of things that I thought would work well together to manage his behavioral issues.
First, let me say that the same combination may not work for everyone, it is not a perfect fix, but Ritalin wasn't either. There have been days when he has acted up way more than he ever would have on Ritalin and Tenex, but it is manageable and part of it is the fact that he is now a teenager. The extra amount of effort on both our parts is worth getting him off of the Ritalin. I also have not been given any products or paid to post this. I purchased all the items with my own money and am simply sharing this in hopes that it might help another family that wants to be done with prescription medications that might be damaging their child's health.
First Thing in the Morning
2- Attentive Child Chewables (This helps with concentration it is a mixture of Grapeseed Oil, Magnesium and other natural supplements.)
2 - 500mg Omega 3 Fish Oil Capsules with high levels of DHA and lower levels of EPA (These have been shown to possibly help with oppositional behavior in a study found here.)
1 - 100mg L-Theanine Capsule (This helps to boost mood, has a calming effect and helps with sleep, an issue my son was having trouble with on Ritalin.)
In the late afternoon if Joshua seems to be extra anxious and fidgety, he will take the items below. This is not everyday and more often than not, he is not taking anything later in the day.
1 - 500mg Omega 3 Fish Oil Capsules with high levels of DHA and lower levels of EPA
1 - 100mg L-Theanine Capsule
We started this regimen several weeks ago, and since then we have been doing very well. Like I said, there have been a few more outbursts and issues than there was when he was on Ritalin, but it is worth it for him to be off the medication to us. Plus, Omega 3's with high levels of DHA have proven to need several months to show their full results, so I am optimistic that things will improve even more in the future. Please remember that I am not a doctor, just a mom sharing her experience.