My oldest son has ADD, for which he takes meds. Truth be told, I hate his ADD medicine. I also have ADD and don’t take medicine because of the way it makes me feel. My son prefers to take it though. He doesn’t like some side effects that he gets from the
meds, but he does like his improved focus and the fact that he gets lectured less when his focus is improved.
We’ve never given him medicine in the summer because I believe his body needs some time off from the medicine. However, this summer has been rough. Not only is he like talking to a brick wall, but suddenly, my sweet eleven year old is argumentative, mouthy
and downright rude. We’ve been muddling through it, but it’s been hard. I’ve never felt like I had a bad relationship with my kids, but in the past month, I kept feeling like I’m losing my boy- like our bond is disintegrating.
One night last week was particularly bad. So bad that when we woke up the next morning, the first thing I did was hand him his pill. I couldn’t take another day like the one we’d just had.
He was my sweet boy again. Focused, well-behaved and no longer instigating fights. But I felt horrible; what kind of mom can’t handle being around her kid unless he’s medicated?!
Suddenly, a light came on in my head. Maybe there was something natural we could put in his body that could help with the ADD. Something that wouldn’t make me feel like a failure as a mother and something that wouldn’t keep me worried about what this medicine
could do in the long-term.
I started researching- I read study after study on the benefits of fish oil for ADD and decided it was something I was willing to try. I called his pediatrician and got the green light, and that night we began. Six days later, my son is not taking ADD
medicine, but you’d never be able to tell that from his behavior.
What I learned is this: studies have shown that people with ADD, autism and some other disorders are lacking omega-3s. You know how they say that fish is brain food? Well, we love fish and eat it as often as we can, but because of mercury concerns, it’s
not as often as I’d like. These pills are full of the fatty acids your brain needs, without the toxins that make fish unsafe to eat on a daily basis.
I don’t know that this would work for every person with ADD. In fact, I don’t know yet how it will work for my son in the long run. All I do know is that as long as it works, it’s what we’re using. I’m so happy to be able to give him something that helps
him without worrying about the harm it could be doing to his body.
Lastly, I’m not judging anyone who chooses to use medication or not. I’m only mentioning it here because I wish I’d had this information sooner, and maybe this could help another family.
A lot of people are asking about dosing instructions, but I can't help with that. Not because I don't want to, but because I don't know the answer. I have NO medical training whatsoever. I worked out my son's dosage with his doctor based on
age, weight, diet, etc. I would suggest to everyone else that they do the same. Although fish oil may be helpful, too much of a good thing can cause problems, so I really don't feel comfortable recommending to someone what their child should take. I'm sorry
if it seems like I'm witholding information- that's not my intention at all. I just don't want to be responsible for someone's son or daughter getting sick.