There will always be debate over whether certain medications can help to control children with ADHD. Some children have had excellent results once the right medication has been sorted out.
Medication where appropriate should only be used with other forms of treatment, i.e., psychotherapy, behaviour therapy etc. and if it is re-assessed regularly. The most common form of medication for people with ADHD is Methylphenidate (Ritalin) and Dextroamphetamine Dexedrine, Adderall).
It should be noted, however, that there is still a lot of controversy over these medicines and used only as a last resort.
Research & Fatty acids (Supplements)
There has been a lot of research over the last decade, which has concluded that abnormal levels of fatty acids in the brain could be behind the practical and behavioural problems experienced by dyslexic children, as well as those with dyspraxia and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Many parents of dyslexic, dyspraxic and ADHD children give their children these supplements – some parents have seen remarkable results with their children.
Many of the parents attending the Swindon Dyslexia Centre, whose children are taking dyspraxia supplements say that within a very short period their child is calmer, can concentrate better and has started to catch up with his reading and writing. This does not appear to help everyone, but it may be worth trying.
‘Efalex‘ – (liquid or tables), provides the important long-chain fatty acids DHA and AA – to help maintain eye and brain function and the development of vision.
‘eye q micro‘ – contains long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids EPA, DHA and GLA from EPA-rich marine oil land pure evening primrose oil. Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids play an important role in the development of the eye and brain especially vision, coordination, memory and concentration.
These supplements are available from chemists, health shops and supermarkets.