Aug 07 2009

ADD, ADHD, or Overstimulation?

Is it really ADD or ADHD?  All too often we have medical doctors diagnosing ADD or ADHD when it’s just plain overstimulation.  And they are totally missing the Indigos (if they even know about them.)  Giving Indigo kids or teens Ritalin or Adderall is not the way to go!  We don’t need to create drug dependency in our youngsters — plus there are better ways to go.   It’s so easy to write a prescription, and NOT so easy to do the right thing instead — which might involve some or all of the following:

— Find out whether your child truly has ADD or ADHD, or if they are Indigo, or if they are Indigo AND have challenges with attention or focus.  It’s important to find out what’s going on, so that you can make a wise choice about how to provide the best solutions.

These days everyone is bombarded with stimulation from every direction: TV, computers, electronic games, music, Ipods, street noise, and more.  Is it any wonder that our kids — particularly the sensitive ones — can’t cope?

After thorough investigation you can determine that it really is ADD or ADHD, or if you know that you have an Indigo or Crystal child, start with some of the proven natural and holistic methods first.

  • Biofeedback. There are new devices you can wear on your wrist or around a finger. to help you self-monitor your energy and behavior.
  • Find out which kind of learner your child is.  A kinesthetic learner is not going to be sitting still while they learn; and a visual learner might need color to sort things properly in their mind.  Discover the learning style so that you can work with the teachers to give them the best outcomes.
  • Remove overstimulation from the environment.  Limit TV and electronics, and get them out into Nature more often.
  • Adjust their diet.  If they are taking in sugar and carbs rather than a complete, balanced, and high-energy diet, they won’t be able to function well. Period.  Do it in stages if you must, but get them eating and drinking whole, healthy foods — and remove the junk food and fast foods from “the plate.”
  • Use high-quality supplements and greens, to help their energy levels stay consistent.
  • Give them appropriate (and adequate) opportunities for physical exercise.  They MUST move their growing bodies, to build muscle and neurological connections they need to be healthy kids.  And they need appropriate outlets to discharge “extra” energy.

— Give your child or teen the support they REALLY need, for their electrical systems.  Feed them wholesome foods and cut out the junk food (sodas, french fries and chips, candy, cookies, processed foods of all kinds.)  Give them whole foods and organic foods with real nutrients in them.    Give them holistic supplements including greens and spirulina, to provide high quality energy.

— Give them unstructured play time, and a lot of time in the natural world with trees, grass, flowers, water, and rocks.  They NEED the connection, to feel safe and to remember their connections.

— Don’t fill their every waking moment with activity. They need equal parts of rest and play, to be able to better use their minds and their creaivity.  Let them make up their own games in free play time with others (supervised in some way but from a bit of a distance so that they are responsible for what happens.  The adult can step in only when need be as a referee or to provide a time-out should it be needed.)

— Give them flower essences.  All children can benefit from flower essences, but kids with ADD or ADHD — and definitely Indigo kids and teens — absolutely require them.  For Indigo kids, they are in contact with (and affected by) more subtle energy fields than other kids;  and their systems need special support that they can’t get any other way.  Flower essences can help them assilimate and balance their own energies, and be more able to process the external energies they sense from outside their own physical bodies.

This month I just made a great new flower essence formula called Pure Focus, which works for kids with ADD and ADHD, to help them stay focused despite distractions, to be able to concentrate on whatever they choose, and to retain what they learn longer.  For kids with ADD or ADHD, Pure Focus is the inner support they need while you as the parent work with getting their outer environment aligned better *removing distractions, junk food, giving them free play time, and enough physical exercise.)

If your child is also Indigo or Crystal, they may also need Indigo Support formula.  This formula helps them stabilize their own emotions and electrical field when it’s challenged by too much stimulation from any source.  They will like this one a great deal and ask you for it when they need it!

Most of all, stay away from pharmaceuticals unless they are absolutely necessary.  The only thing they do is to make your child into a zombie! Drugging is never the best answer – only a seemingly convenient one.  As the parent, you are responsible for making wise choices for your child.  Make sure you have examined ALL the alternatives before you choose.  And make sure above all that it’s in the CHILD’S best interests, not yours.

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