Achieve Your Full Potential at the Shining Mind

Terms like Attention Deficit Disorder and ADHD get thrown around like candy at a 4th of July parade. And prescriptions for Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta, Vyvanse and similar drugs are being prescribed at an alarming rate.

The CDC states “the primary care clinician may prescribe methylphenidate (for preschool-aged children age 4-5) if behavior interventions do not provide significant improvement.”

In a 2012 interview with Jerome Kagan, a well known American psychologist and leader in the study of children’s cognitive and emotional development, he stated “…Every child who’s not doing well in school is sent to see a pediatrician, and the pediatrician says: “It’s ADHD; here’s Ritalin.” In fact, 90 percent of these 5.4 million kids [Experts have reported 5.4 million American children show symptoms typical of ADHD] don’t have an abnormal dopamine metabolism. The problem is, if a drug is available to doctors, they’ll make the corresponding diagnosis.”

Our children are at risk for a lifetime of harsh medicine with troubling side effects. Is it even necessary? Are there other options to ADD/ADHD medication and are these drugs one size fits all?

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I don’t think that is an easy series of questions to answer, but I do know when you are struggling with an aggressive hyperactive child in the middle of the grocery store or see your son in tears because he can’t focus long enough to struggle through his math assignment, you will turn to any answer to your prayers that you can find.

Does this sound familiar?

  • “Mom, mom, mom, mom, mom, mom, mom” right in the middle of an important phone conversation.
  • Your daughter seems to be listening to you when you tell her what chores need to be done but seconds later has no idea what you just asked her to do.
  • Hair pulling, biting, screaming, hitting or other impulsive behavior.
  • Your toddler squirms and writhes out of your arms in the super market running through the isles making you chase them in front of every other customer wearing frowns at your “inappropriate misbehaving child”.

If you have ever experienced any of the previous list you can 100% relate to a growing number of parents with children who need a little extra help in life to realize their potential, and achieve what you know in your heart that they are capable of.

Our goal at The Shining Mind is to let you know you are not alone, and perhaps provide a few alternative options to mainstream advice. Our brains and that of our children are complicated intricate organs, no two are exactly alike. So too is the path to achieving our full potential.

Whether you are looking for supplements or vitamins to help improve focus, or natural homeopathic remedies for ADHD, or even foods that help support brain health we will have articles that hopefully answer your questions and give you another path to help improve your lives and those that count on you the most.

Here’s to a happy healthy 2015 from the editors at The Shining Mind.

everybody is a genius

(Unfortunately there is no evidence Einstein actually said this but I like the quote none the less)