Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is an increasingly diagnosed and medicated problem, particularly amongst children in Perth, WA. Symptoms include restlessness and difficulty in maintaining attention and concentration, which affects schoolwork and homework. This is often complicated by other difficult and aggressive behaviour, including violent striking out and defiance, often combined with fear and phobias.
Here ADHD can be confused with the other medicalised description of difficult children: Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). While homeopathy and naturopathic approaches are not that interested in the label, at our Perth clinic we have medicines to treat the full spectrum of difficult behaviour, where it is a real problem and not dependent on the environment.
In the treatment of ADHD, naturopathic principles must be borne in mind, and the diet and family dynamics investigated, but where medicines are needed there are a range of homeopathic remedies to cover the different presentations in children. Once again, it must be stressed that the choice of remedy for ADHD and ADD depends on the whole pattern of symptoms of the patient, including physicalcomplaints, and a series of remedies may be needed: only a skilled homeopath should prescribe.
It is my experience that something like at least 80% of all behavioural problems in children can be linked to birth trauma, emotional distress of the mother during pregnancy, or early childhood abuse; but birth trauma is often the primary cause. Birth by caesarean section, while a more subtle contributing factor – and often life saving – is also a form of trauma that unfortunately may have repercussions. Homeopathy has many medicines to help heal these
There are a number of homeopathic remedies that may be indicated to help heal birth trauma even years afterwards, depending on the exact experience and eventual presentation. In fact, where these homeopathic remedies are indicated later in life, we may often trace the patient’s complaints to a difficult birth, where we have access to that information.
ADHD is often used as a general term for the whole pattern of symptoms, but where concentration and attention problems occur, without restless or aggressive behaviour, the term applied is ADD or Attention Deficit disorder. The child has difficulty paying attention in class and is easily distracted. Many homeopathic remedies can also be indicated here, depending on the whole pattern.
Other learning difficulties such as dyslexia are treated by homeopathy, with medicines that produced just such difficulties in their experimental provings. As always, they are individually prescribed to the specific case, and not just to the dyslexic symptoms.
The autism spectrum, including autism itself, Asperger syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD-NOS) are psychological conditions characterised by widespread abnormalities of social interactions and communication, as well as severely restricted interests and highly repetitive behaviour. They share certain features with OCD (obsessive and compulsive behaviour) and ADHD (restlessness and attention problems and sometimes aggression).
In the worst cases the individual appears locked away in their own world. Effective homeopathic medicines may be derived from any of those categories mentioned above, and newly introduced medicines and approaches developed by European homeopaths and naturopathshave also proved very useful in treatment of the autism spectrum. This clinic has seen significant improvement in most autistic cases, and some are close to total recovery.