The Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine provides a highly effective non-drug treatment for ADHD and Autism. Our safe alternative to drug-based therapy prevents patients from having to suffer the unwanted side effects of ADHD medication, but it also can provide a real resolution of ADHD symptoms.
The Problems with Drug Treatments for ADD and ADHD
In 1992, we recognized that drug-based treatments for ADHD only temporarily supressed symptoms, doing little to correct the underlying disorder itself: brain dysregulation.
Drug-focused ADHD treatment protocols typically offer only temporary relief, since patients treated with drugs will only experience symptom relief for as long as the drugs are being taken. Typically, once the drugs wear off, so do the improvements.
Additionally, the brain can develop a tolerance to dosages of the most popular ADHD drugs, requiring dosage increases (more medicine) to achieve the same desired effect. As dosages are increased, the risk of side effects grows as well.
Over an extended period of time, drug treatments may even have to be discontinued since they can become less and less effective, and/or lead to an increase in negative side effects.
Possible side effects of ADHD medications:
- Change in personality
- Loss of appetite
- A slow growth rate
- Stunted growth
- Increase in blood pressure and heart rate
- Withdrawal effects causing unstable emotional rebound
- Psychotic reactions
- Lowered seizure threshold
- Suicidal ideation
- Liver problems
- Risk of abuse and addiction
But there are also other serious risks associated with ADHD medication as well.
For example, a recent WebMD article stated that an FDA-drafted medication guide contained reports of sudden death in patients taking stimulant drugs with pre-existing heart problems, as well as incidences of strokes and heart attack in adult ADHD medication users. ADHD drugs are also frequently abused on school campuses across the country today, with media reports containing details of Ritalin abuse and even stimulant overdose.
Though there are cases where a patient may require ADHD medication on a temporary basis, these drugs should be used with careful oversight from a physician. Patients should notify their doctor of any new symptoms they may experience, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, heart palpitations, elevated heart rate, or new mental problems. Also, patients should not discontinue a psychiatric medication without a physician's supervision.