If you have found this article today then the chances are that you and I have some things in common. The biggest thing is that we obviously love our children and want to try our best to help them in any way that we can. Today I want to try my best to inject hope into your family life because I have been where you very well may be right now.
We live in an ever-changing world and over the decades one major thing that has changed is the number of children being diagnosed with either ADD or ADHD. ADHD can create so many problems in children’s lives that can have an effect on the entire family unit. My family has dealt with ADHD for more than 5 years and I want to share with you about our 9 year old son and why I recommend CBD for Children with ADHD.
What is ADHD ?
ADHD is a common neurodevelopmental disorder and children with this may have issues controlling impulsive behaviors as well as paying attention. Although at this point ADHD has become a very common topic for discussion for people with children that have been diagnosed and even for adults who are now being diagnosed beyond childhood, a lot of people still don’t really understand what it means to live with ADHD.
For quite some time I was under the impression that my son was only being defiant and never listening to me but I learned over time that he was struggling to understand basic instructions. The first step to helping my son was to better understand what it is that he is dealing with on a day to day basis.
How is ADHD usually Treated ?
When my son was first diagnosed ADHD in 2015 I honestly didn’t think much of it other than I’m not putting him on medication. When it comes to the diagnosis of ADHD for children over a certain age medication and some form of behavioral therapy follow suit. The thing is like many other parents I knew my son needed help but I wanted to avoid giving him medication that may not help and could even make things worse.
I went to many doctors and practices and they all pointed me to some form of stimulant medication. With that being said we went through what most parents who have an ADHD diagnosed child go through, the trial and error phase. We tried medication after medication with many varying results from better focus with anger and tantrums to no benefit with attention and depression to boot. After nearly 2 years of trial and error it was time to do more research and find a way to help our son without all the side effects.
“There has to be Another way Besides Pharmaceuticals”
Looking into the research on all the medications we tried over the years we found the same things the doctors told us up front as well as some other things that may have been skipped over. It’s not that we didn’t do our due diligence we were just at a point of desperation with him being behind academically plus getting kicked out of program after program.
Upon further research we came across the concept that CBD could help with anxiety, impulsivity and many other underlying symptoms of ADHD that the stimulants and even a few non stimulants never helped with. We had our own issues with anxiety and stress from regular life let alone trying to help our son. So we decided to try CBD ourselves as well as let our son try it since we had tried so many other things that didn’t work.
Drugs didn’t Help but CBD did
Well this is where things get interesting. After trying several prescribed medications such as Quillivant, Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvance and Focalin and having so many variations of results, one thing was congruent for all of them, he had depression and anger. We started using CBD in 2018 when my son was around 7 years old. We noticed instantly he was more calm and that he went to bed easier. After taking CBD for several weeks it was like it just all ended. He still had impulsivity and he still has his issues with focus but he was able to control his anger so much better. The years of tantrums and violence in school and being kicked out of multiple Boys and Girls Clubs as well as other programs seemed to be long gone.
CBD didn’t make my sons ADHD disappear. We still have our times of anger and frustration in our home and he still has a lot of work to do to be where he needs to be academically but the major thing that has changed is that he is able to be in programs and not get kicked out. He has been doing Karate for 6 months now and is a camo Belt. His grades have improved drastically and we all get to enjoy family time while being able to communicate on a level I never thought would be achievable. We feel like we got many of the benefits we noticed with ADHD medication with none of the side effects by using CBD.
You Can Help Your Child with ADHD
The point of this entire article is to give some form of hope for people who have children with ADHD. ADHD is something that takes patience on a daily bases to deal with and to help someone with but CBD has helped. I am not attempting to deter you from giving your doctor recommended medication a chance to help your child do better in school or for whatever reason it may be, I am simply presenting to you what has helped my family in our journey that we are still on with our son. CBD hasn’t only helped my son with his ADHD but it has helped my wife and I to deal with the daily pressures of work life and family life balance.
If you have tried medications or you are just looking for some form of help for the day to day struggles or dealing with a loved one dealing with ADHD, I implore you to consider trying CBD for a few weeks on a trial run just like you would or have already done with what doctors may have prescribed. Your family will benefit in so many ways and I can’t wait to hear how CBD has helped you.