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TOPIC: ADHD & Depression Treatment:3 Different Approaches

ADHD & Depression Treatment:3 Different Approaches 13 Feb 2013 23:15 #37

ADHD and Depression Treatments: Three Different Approaches
Posted April 5, 2012 by: Deron Baker

The ads are virtually everywhere. If you watch television, you are likely to see at least one commercial advertising the benefits of medications for ADHD, depression, migraine headaches, and sleep disorders. If you happen to pick up a health magazine, they are rife with similar ads. Of course, a long list of side effects is also--per Federal law—mentioned in the fine print.

The debate has raged on for at least one century and still rages on as the medical community appears to have split into at least three distinct camps--the modern, or allopathic approach, the naturopathic, and the homeopathic approach to health and healing. In our stressful modern times, the crux of the matter boils down to the efficacy as well as the costs and benefits of each approach when taken into consideration and subjected to critical, unbiased scientific research.

Indeed, naturopathy may have something to offer “modern” man in treating illnesses that have been documented since the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, used herbal treatments. Of course, Hippocrates’s medicine bag never included allopathic over-the counter remedies such as aspirin or ibuprofen, or such prescribed—or possibly over-prescribed—medications such as Cymbalta for depression, Frova for migraine headaches, or Lunesta for sleep difficulties.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, more commonly known as ADHD, has also, over the past several years, attracted its fair share of media attention. The illness has beset parents, educators, and physicians alike with a plethora of challenging issues and an almost infinite number of seemingly unanswerable questions. Is this really an illness? Should we medicate this child? What are the immediate benefits and side effects of such a decision? What causes ADHD? What are the long-term consequences of our choice to medicate or not? And, of course, are there alternatives to even the best pharmacopeia that allopathic practitioners have to offer?

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