I'm an adult with ADD but was never diagnosed. Scanning my old report cards, I see "doesn't concentrate, can't stay on task, has focusing problems". All I knew growing up was that I seemed to be on a different page than everyone else.
I'm the mother of 2 girls. Niki is 21 and I'm soooo proud of her. She is in Military Intelligence with the Army and is fluent in Russian and Spanish. With the physical and mental challenges she faces, she grabs a handful of B Complex and knows she can get through anything.
Then, there is Kristina, my 13 year old. Diagnosed at 4 with ADHD, I knew from birth she was different. The doctor put her on Ritalin but it didn't work. We tried something else but she was getting worse. I was in nursing school and studying everything on ADD but having no success.
At 7, medication kept her from sleeping so we had to put her on more medicine to sleep. She would disappear in the middle of the night. Often we found her on her bike. She developed ODD. Screaming episodes would last for hours plus head banging and destroying everything in her path.
At 10, she developed bipolar, became suicidal and was flunking school. Either my husband or I had to watch her through the night. Medicine wasn't working. After much soul searching we decided to put her in a mental institution to get her stabilized and give us a chance to regroup.
When she came out we tried another drug but she was developing liver problems. God answered my prayers when a woman came to me who knew I was teaching ADD programs at 2 colleges and asked if I'd be willing to explore a nutritional approach. I investigated Shaklee and took Kristina off her medicines.
The doctors called me an unfit mother and said she would get worse.
Well, 3 ½ years later, my daughter is on the honor roll and shows no signs of ODD or bipolar. She was allergic to many things in the home and also hypoglycemic. The vitamins help her think and control herself.
Depending on how she feels when she awakens, she picks out which vitamins to take.
Her basic program included 2 Multi-Vitamins, 3 GLA, 4 Lecithin, 3 Ginkgo biloba, 3 B Complex and Soy Protein. And, we changed brands throughout our home. The biggest culprit is the laundry.
She still has ADD but I've taught her adaptations to compensate. As a nurse, I would have never believed this but I have my daughter back and she is a pure pleasure. Her doctor is awestruck and sends his clients to me for evaluations and ideas.
I continue to teach ADD/ADHD with an emphasis on nutrition and alternative solutions. Who knows where my daughter would be or in what condition if we had continued the drug approach?
Sharon Panuska RN
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