SOURCE: Safe Harbor

October 05, 2007 07:00 ET

Treating ADHD Without Drugs: Doctors Give Their Views

ALTADENA, CA--(Marketwire - October 5, 2007) - On Saturday, October 20, at 7:00 PM, Safe Harbor, the nation's leading nonprofit for nondrug mental health education will present a free seminar at Sherman Oaks Hospital on nondrug treatments for children diagnosed with ADHD.

A recent study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine reports that nearly 9% of U.S. children have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder -- also known as ADD or ADHD.

Since it was first named as a psychiatric disorder in 1980, the number of children diagnosed with ADD has exploded and along with it so have the number of drug prescriptions to treat it.

But researchers in the above-cited study point out that only a third of children believed to have ADHD receive medication for it. A key reason for this is that ADHD and its treatment have, since their inception, had a strongly mixed reaction amongst parents and physicians. Many don't believe the disorder actually exists and, among those who do, many more don't believe medication is the answer.

Some point to research such as that in the September issue of the Lancet that showed that food additives dramatically increase childhood hyperactivity.

Others point to numerous journal citations on the hazards of medication such as the September issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry reporting that Ritalin stunts growth.

Many parents and physicians have reported success in helping children with behavioral issues -- diagnosed ADHD or not -- using nondrug approaches such as diet modification, nutritional supplementation, looking for underlying medical causes, treating allergies, improving neurological coordination, remedying hearing and visual issues, etc.

On October 20 in the Doctor's Conference Room of Sherman Oaks Hospital three such doctors will report on their many years of experience in treating ADHD and similar behavioral issues. Cathie Lippman, M.D., Karima Hirani, M.D., and Gary Erkfritz, D.C., will discuss the broad array of nondrug options available to parents who face tough decisions after being told their child has ADHD or behavioral problems.

This free seminar is sponsored in part by Albertson's Grocery Stores, and

For more information, visit or contact Safe Harbor at 626-791-7868.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Dan Stradford
    Safe Harbor
    787 W. Woodbury Rd., #2
    Altadena, CA 91001
    Phone: 626-791-7868
    Fax: 626-791-7869
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