We went to go see our house doctor last Friday regarding a prescription of Ritalin for my newly ADD diagnosed 14-year-old son. To be very honest I was so nervous to give him Ritalin. I have researched a lot about ADD/ADHD and different medicating options. Most of the information scared me. And many people have many different opinions. So turns out our doctor does not want to prescribe the Ritalin just yet. Instead, he prescribed Optimega. (Omega-3 fatty acid supplement) in combination with seeing a therapist, that will help with various therapy including speech therapy.
According to out doctor treatment for ADD/ADHD isn’t just about taking medication. There are many other effective treatments that can help kids with ADD/ADHD improve their ability to pay attention, control impulsive behavior, and curb hyperactivity. Nutritious meals, play and exercise, and learning better social skills are all part of a balanced treatment plan that can improve performance at school, improve your child’s relationships with others, and decrease stress and frustration.
So after we made a quick trip to the local pharmacy, and got some optimega. The moment we got home, I felt the need to research this theory. According to ADHD health.com :
There are numerous studies showing that omega-3 fatty acids help lessen the symptoms of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Not all fats are bad fats. We need to eat fat daily, they are a part of the essential nutrients we must get in our diet to remain healthy, mentally and physically. A large part of our brains are fatty acids. It appears that children with ADD and ADHD tend to have lower values of omega-3 in relation to omega-6 than average. The result is a fatty acid deficiency or imbalance, specifically a lack of the omega-3 fatty acids DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), and an excess of the omega-6 fatty acid”
But what are OMEGA 3’s? According to Healthline.com:
Omega-3 fatty acids are fats that affect many bodily functions, from blood clotting to inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids are nutrients that you can only get through certain foods. The human body does not produce these nutrients naturally.
There are three kinds of omega-3 fatty acids:
- alpha-linoleic acid (ALA): found in oils, vegetables, and nuts
- eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA): found mainly in fish
- docosahexaenoic acid (DHA): found in fish and shellfish
So this will be the start of our journey. To see if this will work or not. Next on my list is to find a Remedial school for my son for next year.
This, however, is another topic and another issue I am facing on its own.