It is always a big decision when considering healthcare options for your child, particularly as it pertains to the use of any prescription drugs. Many parents deal with children who struggle with learning and behavior problems like Autism and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Many of those parents are confronted with the decision to give their child prescription medications like Ritalin, Adderall, Strattera and Wellbutrin, to name only a few. Each of these drugs has been prescribed to millions of children in the United States in the past two decades. Since 2007, 2.7 million youth ages 4-17 have been prescribed drugs for ADHD, according to the Center for Disease Control.

The wide ranges of unintended effects of the drugs are only beginning to be understood. Many of the symptoms of ADHD can be attributed to other diagnosis, such as vision related problems like convergence insufficiency, which can be treated successfully without drugs through Vision Therapy. A recent on-line article by Dr. Joseph Mercola, The Violent Side Effects of Antidepressants that Many Ignore, keys in on the dangers of prescribing not only antidepressants, but many of the same drugs used to treat ADHD.

If your son or daughter can’t sit still in the classroom, seems disengaged or is simply misbehaving, or maybe you have a child that is trying hard, but cannot seem to keep his or her writing in a straight line on the page. For many of these children, the typical diagnosis of ADD, ADHD or other disorders is made, and unfortunately that may not be the problem. The answer could be as simple as needing vision therapy. Before making that big decision, see a developmental optometrist, like Drs. Tod Davis and Amy Carlyle. Learn more about how vision related problems can affect your child’s life in and out of the classroom on our web site at http://www.davisvisiontherapy.com/index.php


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