But there is a positive aspect to the condition as well. People with AD(H)D tend to have broad based interests, are creative, can find alternative solutions to problems, tend to have a voracious curiosity, and are flexible on the job. Many famous historical figures such as Thomas Edison, Ben Franklin and Ernest Hemingway had AD(H)D-like characteristics.
You asked for it, you got it. Here is my little collection of wonder herbs
Capsicum (red pepper) 1M. Opens blood vessels for better circulation
Melatonin for sleep
Pycnogenol for the attention span (You can purchase this product from GNC.)
There is another product called Focusil that I am also looking into that is supposed to be even more effective than pycnogenol.
My story is this, After the depression of "withdrawals" from ritilian, I was working low pay, low intelligence jobs. I started taking the above "cocktail" and went back to school. The results were AMAZING. my self confidence improved, as did my ability to concentrate, and now I am a network admin at a fortune 500 company. And the teachers in highschool used to say that I would never amount to much Screw them.
ufward, I appreciate your intentions but I feel I must warn Fettsbabe (and everyone else) that just because Ritalin is potentially a bad drug, it can sometimes be a good one... and even if isn't the right drug, that does not make everything else good ones. Herbal medicines are exactly that - they are medicines, and many may have adverse effects when improperly consumed, especially with a young child. While it seems unlikely that the social worker mentioned really understands the problem completely, it is quite likely that the child and his family members may have some issues (whether ADD related or not) that can be addressed with help from health care workers. Furthermore, help from health care workers does not necessarily mean taking pills.
Despite your experience with the disorder, I get the impression that your understanding of ADD is not very complete. I am not trying to flame, but it is quite misleading to suggest that your own experiences can really be applied to this child. And to (indirectly) suggest feeding him various untested potions with little medical advice is potentially harmful. Superficial generalizations and comparisons with historical figures have little bearing at the matter at hand, either.
My advice, FettsBabe, is ignore us AnandTech Forum geeks and get thee to respected health care workers for a proper diagnosis... and then consider getting a second opinion. I am glad that you already have an appt. lined up.
Quite frankly, none of us here really know what we're talking about so this is last place you should looking for help in this very serious matter.