New ADHD Treatment
ADHD Treatment Paradigm Shift
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a complex and
controversial condition, with no clear scientific consensus. There are
different groupings of scientists who interpret the facts in various
ways, and hence the differences of opinions.
These are exciting times in ADHD treatment concepts. We are seeing an
ADHD treatment paradigm shift taking place. An important sign of this
was the release at the end of November 2009, of treatment guidelines by
the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the National Health and
Medical Research Council. Non-pharmacological approaches to treating
children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
(ADHD) are recommended as the first choice of treatment. They recommend a
“multimodal” approach to treatment. That is a more holistic treatment.
This would include parental education, psychosocial strategies,
Behavioral management, changes in nutrition and educational support.
According to the new guidelines, medications should never be used as
first-line treatment for ADHD in preschool-aged children The old
guidelines stated: “medication should be considered for all children
The new guidelines on the other hand say:
- Not all people with ADHD require pharmacological management
- Non-pharmacological approaches should be considered first
- Medications should only be used when symptoms are pervasive across settings (school and home) and cause significant impairment
- Medication should not be used as first-line treatment for ADHD in preschool-aged children
The Australian Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon said, “We are
pleased we can finally provide this more up to date information on ways
to identify and care for those in our community who may be suffering
Big Pharma has long touted stimulant drugs as safe medication, but
with their newest drug INTUNIV, Shire has taken a step away from
controlled substances and is trying to market it as a more natural
alternative to the competition. INTUNIV is definitely an advance in ADHD
medication. It has a 13 hour effective time limit, which means one dose
in the morning lasts till the evening.
Interesting is the admission on the main INTUNIV site that their
scientists do not really know how it works. This is a wonderful sign of
honesty in the industry. The brain is still a mystery, because in spite
of all we know, there is so much more we do not understand about the
brain and the mind. INTUNIV, it is said, is believed to work differently
than many other ADHD medications.
There are other products ahead of Shire’s research and development
team. These work as well as, or better than the conventional stimulant
drugs, but without side effects, which even INTUNIV has its share of.
safer still, are natural products for treating ADD and ADHD which have been with us for many years and have shown their efficacy, such as:
- Attend (for attention difficulties)
- Memorex (for memory and clear thinking)
- Extress (for natural stress relief)
These natural brain food products have been scientifically tested and
proved as effective as the stimulants, have no side effects, work 24/7,
and do not disturb sleep. They also cost a fraction of the price of