My son is 6yrs old and he has been diagnosed with adhd and I am wondering about fish oil for the treatment of adhd. He started kindergarten this year and he has problems following directions, keeping his hands to himself, listening, and sitting still. A couple of weeks ago he was on the bus and poked holes in the seat with an ink pen and also drew all over it. He also has to sit in a booster seat on the bus because he won't stay in his seat or listen to the bus driver!! I recently took him to the doctor and they seem very skeptical to put him on meds and I imagine it is in part because adhd meds are abused, so I was on here and saw that fish oil can be used to treat it, so I was just wondering how much to give him and if the fish oil works as well as the cns stimulants?? I have been diagnosed with adhd along with his brother and sister. I am on ritalin and my other kids were on concerta but we decided to take them off of it and they are doing good. Before they were on it, when they were younger, they were just like my 6yr old is now and the concerta really helped but the almost seem to have outgrown it, but my 6yr old is out of control and driving me nuts!!! So please any thoughts or tips on this will be greatly appreciated!!!
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Fish oils do work to help kids concentrate as does a very healthy diet, lots of exercise and lots of support. Teachers ought to make learning fun and get kids interested instead of assuming they are all ADHD . Little boys can be real menaces and hate to sit still for hours. They are just being themselves and I think ADHD is being over diagnosed. Drug companies are heavily promoting ADHD and making huge profit and it is not fair to the little kids having their health destroyed with dangerous , addictive amphetamine stimulants, These drugs can cause sudden death and Its time for a different approach to behavioural problems. Please be careful.
I have adult ADHD. From personal experience fish oil helps to level out my emotions so that I don't act impulsively or overreact when something upsets me. On fish oil I feel that my emotions are more steady, instead of jumping to extremes unexpectedly. This helps me to feel more present in the task at hand because I am not as consumed with my emotions.
Again, only from personal experience, I do not feel that fish oil helps me to focus. However, I take a small amount, just 270 mg EPA and 180 mg DHA per day; according to recommendations I'm supposed to take 3 times that much, as I weigh about 140 lbs. So maybe I would notice more effects if I took more...
Fishoil has a whole host of positive full-body health benefits as a nutritional supplement. I think that it should be part of everyones daily diet (regardless of whether or not they have ADHD). It's good for cardiovascular health, joint function, and preventing multiple psychological disorders.
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