New release on drug-free ADHD method by New Jersey not for profit educational corporation, 63 page free e-brochure

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  • New York, NY (1888PressRelease) June 12, 2009 - The Association for Youth, Children and Natural Psychology is please to announce the release of a free 63 page e-brochure, Overcoming ADHD without medication, a parents and educators handbook.

    The AYCNP has been on the web since the summer of 2006 and was incorporated as a 501 c(3) non-profit in November of 2008. It is a unique site in that it provides educational and informative material on mental health and psychology, as well as behavioral health of children and teens, which is both positive and natural.

    By recommending non-pharmaceutical strategies and resources in mental health, and endeavoring to tie together available resources on the subject, the AYCNP fills a vital niche in the present psychological and psychiatric landscape. Psychiatry, since the 1960s, has increasingly relied on drugs for behavioral control.

    Drugs for ADHD began to be used in the late 1950s and 1960s but weren't used in earnest until the 1970s. Their use in recent years, however, has grown exponentially, and some medical professionals believe that either the diagnosis for ADHD, which often begins in the public school system, is being over-diagnosed, or that educators and pediatricians, those in the medical and psychiatric fields are relying on or prescribing drugs much more than in the past.

    The advantage of lifestyle adjustments to achieve positive results for ADHD, depression and other mental health disorders, is that the behavioral changes, and mood adjustment achieved is often times long-lasting, rather than temporary.

    There are no negative side effects to positive lifestyle changes and these add rather than detract from the quality of life. Serious side effects for drugs for ADHD are experienced by approximately 50% of children and teens who take these drugs, ranging from weight loss, as such drugs can be an appetite suppressant, to nervousness and jitteriness, all the way to death in the case of those who have undetected congenital heart defects. With good reason, then, many parents are hesitant to accept a casual diagnosis leading to drug treatment.

    Interestingly, David Rabiner, Ph.D. of Duke University, a leading authority on the subject, interpolates long range scientific studies on the subject of ADHD as indicating that for most who do benefit from drug treatment, the positive effects usually dissipate within two years. That is, for those who are on drug treatment long term, the body or mind apparently becomes accustomed to the drug, and it no longer achieves its desired objective.

    What then can parents do, if their child is demonstrating serious symptoms of ADHD? While it has been noted that the improvement in grades that parents often wish to achieve through drug treatment, is usually of marginal gain, that is drug treatment does not substantially increase a child’s grades, some parents have achieved excellent results by cutting out or drastically reducing media time for children during the school week, that is allowing television, video games, movies, internet, only on the weekend, or only after the school term is over. This also has positive effects on children's behavior in school and at home.

    One study conducted in the Bronx, NY indicated that children who watched R-rated movies did significantly worse in their grades at school than children whose parents did not allow them to see R-rated movies. One thought on these findings and experiences is that the capacity for a child to process and decodify complex images is limited, and it can interfere with the cognitive process necessary for higher reasoning in school subjects. So, there is scientific basis then, for limiting both the amount and type of material that children are exposed to on the media.

    The AYCNP is pleased to make available to the public the 63-page brochure to the public, Overcoming ADHD without Medication: A parent's and educator's handbook, which is available free of charge on our not-for-profit website.

    The foundation of the AYCNP is in the public school system, and it is educationally based, providing free and accurate information to consumers, parents, educators and professionals. It provides information on a wide range of mental health disorders and difficulties, including bipolar disorder, eating disorders, children's mental health disorders, teen behavioral health, and many more topics. Please visit the site and feel welcome to download the free ADHD brochure. We appreciate your interest and welcome your visit.
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