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Clinical Practice Points on the Diagnosis, Assessment and Management of ADHD in Children and Adolescents submission

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As the parent of 3 boys, the oldest diagnosed with adhd, the others threatened with the diagnosis (they were too young to label at the time) I would like to submit that medicating children should be the last resort, rather than the first.  We medicated Nicholas (our eldest) as recomended by the physician, and he went form being an (over) active little boy to a sad little mite who sat on the lounge staring into space.  The doctor then prescribed antidepressants, he was 6 years old. 

Before i go further, I would like to say, that I am educated, I have a bachelors degree, majoring in Chemistry/biochem, so, not an uneducated ratbag trying to get as much as possible from everyone.

I took Nic off the ritalin, and didn't bother with the antidepressants (I also suffered PND at this time I was off the medication, and clear thinking!).  The next years were difficult, we tried biofeedback therapy, we tried trace elements, and these all worked to a degree, but didn't calm them down to 'normal'.  Then I put them on a diet.  No Flavours, no colours, no preservatives.  They went from being ferals, to the most well mannered children you will meet in the space of 3 weeks.  So I would put to you, rather than medicate, which in our opinion, only dulled the child, first try the strict diet, because this has saved my children, given them the time, the energy and the ability to be able to think for themselves, without the cloud of medication in their minds.

Nic said to me. "Mum, I don't like how the tablets make me feel.  I can't think properly"  How would you feel as a parent, if this was said to you?  Now, Nic is in high school, getting good grades, and not one behaviour problem.  the same goes for our other 2 sons.  They know what they are allowed to eat, and what they are not, and we know if they have strayed, their behaviour gives it away.  We are hands on parents, having a small business, and being able to spend a lot of time with them, even if a lot of it is within the work environment, this, I believe has had a positive impact on the boys as well.

Changing their diet has changed how they view food, and the ingredients that go into things, and how they view their environment as well. Education for these kids, change of diet, exercise, would be a positive step rather than mandatory medication. Faced with having to medicate - I would fight it, I rather face the child protection officers than medicate.


thankyou for reading my submission.

Kind regards

Elizabeth Buckeridge BSC

Page reviewed: 14 September, 2012